User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Specific Organisms :: Birds
Last updated: Mar 29 2017 06:17 IST RSS 2.0
 
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12 acres of West Routt wheat secures return of sandhill cranes 29.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
When the greater sandhill cranes returned to the Yampa Valley earlier this month in the midst of their northern migration, there was a sizable flock that hadn’t forgotten Robert Bruchez’s grain field on Routt County Road 70. It’s not far from the north bank of the Yampa River east of Hayden and has a secure food source. Nancy Merrill, of the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, confirmed that the cranes are abundant this spring on the Bruchez place, where her organization purchased 12 acres of wheat specifically for the purpose of sustaining the large, highly socialized birds in the midst of their long journey. “Lo and behold, they came back this spring,” Merrill said. “This is a wonderful place to watch them. We offered (the rancher) a better price, so our cranes get to increase their fat stores and be in better shape for migration. We hope to expand the program.” The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition announced that Deb Silva, of Craig, was its grand prize winner in the 2017 First Crane Sighting ...
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How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West 28.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
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Weather, high water force Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge closure 28.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge — including the Auto Tour Loop — was closed Monday due to weather conditions and unforeseen water inputs on the Bear River. The closure occurs 2 miles west of Interstate 15 in Box Elder County. Refuge staff are evaluating conditions as new information is available and will re-open when conditions are safe, according to a news release, which cited an “unusual water event.” Refuge Manager Bob Barrett stated in the news release: “Concern for visitor safety is th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Steamboat briefs: Smoke near Strawberry Park is controlled burn 27.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat area residents of Strawberry Park and the neighborhoods around Colorado Mountain College who spy a column of smoke as soon as Monday need not be alarmed. Nor do the need to call the fire department. The smoke is coming from an approved burn of a slash pile left over from beetle-killed tree removal on the north side of the ridge between Fish Creek Falls Road and Strawberry Park. The owner of the property, Steve Elkins, confirmed he has obtained a Colorado “pile smoke management permit” from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He says local officials are aware of it. Open house slated to discuss dog park improvements Steamboat Digs Dogs and the city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services will host a public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at The Steamboat Grand to discuss suggested improvements for the Rita Valentine Dog Park. The event is open to the community, and free parking is available across the street from the Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount ...
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Gypsum’s condemnation of biomass plant acreage along Eagle River overturned by district court 24.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
An Eagle County District Court has rejected the Town of Gypsum’s condemnation of land next to the Eagle River owned by a biomass plant operator, saying the town failed to follow its own rules for publicly announcing its eminent domain plans.
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Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable 24.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
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How to fight an oasis invasion 20.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Battling a nonnative reed to protect vital Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
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‘Look for something white’ 20.3.2017 Current Issue
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.
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Steamboat briefs: Historic ag storytelling night returns to Library Hall 20.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Community Agriculture Alliance, Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present “Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley,” a night of storytelling about longtime perspectives on farming, ranching and agri-business in the Yampa Valley, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. This is a community conversation with locals who have a rich, hands-on history of local agricultural production. The evening’s conversation will include topics as varied as cattle ranching, guiding and outfitting, running a dairy, farming wheat and managing a family ranch. This year’s featured panelists are Ray Heid, a Routt County native, ski professional, guide and outfitter; Virginia Rossi, a South Routt rancher and homemaker; Olive Blake, whose family owned the dairy in Hayden; and Wayne Counts, a multi-generational wheat farmer from Moffat County and strong agriculture advocate. Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance, will moderate the evening. A social hour with panelists, ...
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Op-ed: Oil and gas leases at Zion doorstep put a jewel at risk 12.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Zion National Park is a treasure — one of the top parks in the country with unique awe-inspiring views and world-class recreation activities. Since 1992, I have been proud to work as a professional guide and public land steward for multiple tour companies including my own, Magpie Cycling, in the Zion area, helping outdoor recreationists enjoy the park. Businesses like mine that bring visitors to Zion and the adjacent public lands make up the fastest-growing tourist economy in the state of Utah....
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A fishing cat was just born at the Denver Zoo. And Miso-Chi is the most adorable thing we’ve seen this week. 11.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver Zoo, a factory as of late for insanely cute baby animal photos, has announced its first-ever successful birth of a rare fishing cat.
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Celebrate the arrival of migrating swans in Utah 7.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding events Saturday celebrating the arrival of thousands of migrating swans to the Wasatch Front. Free events are scheduled at Salt Creek, west of Corinne; Farmington Bay, west of Centerville; and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, west of Brigham City. The DWR events will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will give visitors a chance to see and hear thousands of tundra swans and maybe even a few of the more...
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News roundup: Trump stews over setbacks 6.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repeals lead ban on ammo and tackle 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Among his first official acts as Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke this week repealed a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle in national wildlife refuges, saying the last-minute order issued by outgoing Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe was not needed. The earlier little-noticed order required the use of only non-toxic materials to be phased in by 2022, a measure to protect wildlife that could ingest spent shot and lost sinkers. Under the urging of gun rights and sportsmen industry g...
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Measures set to protect birds from contaminated pit 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Helena, Mont. • Federal officials said Friday they have approved new measures meant to prevent a repeat of last fall’s mass bird deaths in a contaminated former open-pit mine in Montana, including noise-making cannons and radar and laser systems. The measures also include the use of strobe lights and remote-controlled boats and aircraft to haze birds off the toxic water, plus strategically placed decoys to divert birds away from the Berkeley Pit in Butte, part of the nation’s largest Superfund s...
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Op-ed: Who will enforce these laws if not federal officers? 2.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Introduced in the House of Representatives in January by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act (H.R. 622) would eliminate hundreds of critical law enforcement jobs with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. As someone who spent a career in public lands resource management — and a lot of years enforcing regulations on public lands and waters — I have major concerns with Rep. Chaffetz’s bill. Here are just a few reasons why. Numerous federal laws have been pass... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Steamboat briefs: Contest to catch 1st sandhill crane sighting returns to valley 1.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The return migration of the Greater Sandhill Cranes to the Yampa Valley has begun. Cranes are leaving their winter homes in New Mexico and Arizona and heading north. The first arrivals are expected in the Yampa Valley sometime during the first or second week of March. The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, is once again sponsoring a First-Crane-Sighting-of-the-Season contest. Document your sighting of the first Greater Sandhill Crane spotted in your area of the Yampa Valley by either emailing your photo to coloradocranes@gmail.com or mailing your photo to CCCC headquarters, 40625 County Road 69A, Hayden, CO 81639. Include the date, time, and location of your sighting, as well as your name and any other pertinent details. A prize will be awarded to each individual with the photo of the earliest sighting in West, North and South Routt county areas, plus Steamboat Springs and Craig. A special grand prize will be ...
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Devil&#39;s Grave latest South Routt ranch parcel to be conserved 1.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of County Commissioners gave its blessing Tuesday to the use of $256,000 in dedicated property taxes to help conserve the Devil’s Grave, an 840-acre parcel within the larger South Routt cattle ranch owned by brothers Jim and Dean Rossi. The acreage, used primarily for cattle grazing, is named after a landmark butte that rises from the sagebrush in an area of South Routt County already known for the unobstructed views of the 11,000-foot peaks of the Flat Tops Wilderness. The new easement will link to previously conserved parcels on the ranch. Asked by County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski how the Devil’s Grave acquired its colorful name, Dean Rossi replied, “That was a long time ago. Some surveyor thought it looked like there was a headstone at one end and put that name on it. It’s on the maps going way back.” The latest conservation easement on the ranch, where the fifth generation of Rossis is growing up today, also marks a significant footnote in the county’s decades-long efforts ...
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The average distance from any point in the nation to the nearest forest has increased 14 percent since 1990 28.2.2017 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Over several decades in the past century, city populations swelled as Americans moved away from rural forests. Now the forests are moving farther away from Americans.
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Letter: Is Bishop obtuse or stupid? 25.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Did I read that right? Speaking of the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Rob Bishop said, “It has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used to control the land.” Is Bishop being willfully obtuse or is it a case of staggering stupidity? The Endangered Species Act is both popular and successful. Since its passage in 1978, this bill has aimed to protect 2,270 species that are endangered or threatened. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than 200 species would h...
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