Eagle County Community Wildlife Roundtable.

The purpose of the Eagle County Community Wildlife Roundtable is to gather a
group of diverse stakeholders in the valley to understand and address issues facing
wildlife populations. Together we will identify a shared vision and realistic actions
that the community can rally around to support wildlife. We want to leverage
diverse values, creativity, and resources to move to positive action.

Building a Model for Community, Collaboration, and Wildlife Conservation on Colorado’s Western Slope.
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Are We Loving It To Death?

Perhaps you have noticed that it seems that there are more people recreating in the outdoors then at any time in the past. Parking lots and trailheads are full of cars and in some situations, cars are parked along the roadways because the lots are full. There is a backup at times at boat launches...
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Wildlife Has The Right of Way

Sharing the trails, etiquette, and safety. Have you ever noticed the number of different wildlife and human-made tracks on our recreational trails on our public lands? Did you notice deer and elk tracks, or question whether you saw a coyote or fox paw print mixed in with human footprints, bike...
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Life is Brutal!

Survival for wildlife can be very difficult. Even though plants and animals have special adaptations that improve their chances of survival in specific environments, it is no guarantee. “Survival of the Fittest” is a reality for the natural world, not just a phrase.

When we really look at our...

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Winter Survival

There is no bad weather in Colorado. It is just a bad choice of clothing! For humans we have learned how to deal with a variety of weather conditions. We use wool, fleece, and all kinds of insulation in our clothing to keep the cold at bay. In recent years we have added chemical heat packs for...

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Keystone Species

Ecologists have long understood food chains. The animal at the top, the prime predator in an ecosystem, was believed to be the most significant. That predator helped keep their prey in check.

That belief has some value but does not fully describe the dynamics of a community or ecosystem. The view...

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Read this article in Spanish here. 

What a spectacular area we live in. Recreational opportunities abound and we do not have to travel far to enjoy beautiful scenery, areas of solitude, wildlife, meadows of flowers, streams, and rivers. But there is a catch. A lot of us take advantage of those...

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Black Bears are Hungry

This Time of Year, Black Bears are Hungry! Most people in Colorado have never seen a black bear in the wild. In 2016 the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) estimated the population of black bears in Colorado to be between 17,000 to 20,000 bears.
A rare...
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The Rut Season

The Rut is the mating season for many ruminant mammals. In Colorado that would include ruminants like elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and bison. Each species has a rutting season that is different than the others. In addition, the behavior for each of the species is different, but it...

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Angling In Today's Climate

Fish ecology and streamflow data are changing in today’s climate. Whether it’s high runoff, drought, or higher water temperatures occurring earlier in spring due to low snowpack and heat waves, it is important to understand how those conditions affect water quality and aquatic life.

Many of the...

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Wildfires and Wildlife

Fire has been a common natural event in history, even before humans. Lightning historically ignited fires on the grasslands and in the forests around the world. Many plants and animals have adapted, through millions of years, to surviving those fires. Fires tended to burn a patchwork across the...

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Re- Thinking Like a Mountain, by Aldo Leopold, “I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled...

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Wildlife Hazards

Text and photos by Rick SpitzerThe wildlife around us encounter many hazards. Most are environmental. Some of the hazards involve things we, as responsible citizens, have little control over because they are part of the infrastructure around us controlled by various organizations, companies, and...

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