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Nesting Among Skyscrapers

I’ve never been a bird person.  While working as a Park Ranger for 17 years, visitors frequently asked about wildlife. “How much do black bears weigh?” “How many elk live in the park?” “Should we worry about mountain lions when hiking?” But the one question that usually I struggled with…

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Walsenburg

“So, I wanted to talk to you about a training opportunity” my boss said. “Ok.” “There’s a conference the NFPA is putting on down in Walsenburg.  I think it would be useful for you with your job.” “Walsenburg?  Where is Walsenburg?” Colorado is a big state.  There are lots of…

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Ski Traffic – What to Do About It?

As a part-time ski instructor at Winter Park, I work sometimes on Sundays.  When I first started five years ago, this wasn’t such a big deal in terms of commuting time.  Yeah, I got up a bit earlier, but it was mainly to secure better parking. That has dramatically changed. …

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Recycling the Christmas Tree

It’s January 3 and Christmas is officially over.  Yes, it’s time to take down the Christmas tree.  Which entails a slightly different approach from the one I grew up with. In the suburbs of St. Louis, we would remove the ornaments, pack them into boxes and shove them in the…

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