Two bucks…

These are two nice, large bucks on the prowl along Cleveland Street in Meeker about 11 p.m. on Sunday. One gets the feeling that with their racks so large in July it might be a good thing these potentially top-quality antlers belong to animals that will most likely stay safe inside the city limits, where they can’t legally be shot.

Warning issued about rattlers in town

MEEKER I Meeker Police Chief Bob Hervey said Tuesday that parents and pet owners should be aware that rattlesnakes have been spotted within the Meeker town limits within the past week. Hervey said one was spotted near the Meeker Recreation Center and that the other was spotted near Pine Street at 5th Street, and that […]

Young pheasant…

Not normally associated with northwestern Colorado, this young pheasant was spotted recently in a yard in Rangely. There are pheasant hunting ranches in Rio Blanco, but most of those are in the Flat Tops in the western part of the county with imported birds. The youth of this bird appears it may be one that may have hatched here.

Baby bunnies…

It is known that rabbits are prolific breeders, and these mid-summer babies were spotted recently in a yard in Rangely. After a quick nap together they were gone. Raptors in the area are also busy looking for young bunnies to feast on, but the survival of these youngsters is unknown.

Why did the turkeys cross the road…

Taking advantage of the early morning lull, little traffic and even using the newly painted crosswalk at 6th and Park streets in downtown Meeker, these three turkeys decided Saturday morning was a good time  to cross the road on their way to somewhere safe to spend the day.

Spring Cave work done to protect bats, raise awareness; visits urged

Stephanie Bouchey is one of two summer interns at Spring Cave in eastern Rio Blanco County until mid-August. The interns, from the Geological Society of America, are providing education and outreach to cave visitors, explaining why a bat gate is being installed at the cave and ensuring that visitors are not bringing in clothing and gear from areas known to be infected with White Nose Syndrome, taking a deadly toll on bats in the United States and Canada.

RBC I As part of the South Fork Area Improvement Project, the White River National Forest will be revamping the South Fork Campground’s parking area, constructing a trail and removing graffiti in Spring Cave. The work will be accomplished with the assistance of a Colorado Correctional Industries crew and mitigation funding from the closure of […]

Elk…

Standing out in the middle of short bushes on the far side of the White River from County Road 8, which runs east out of Meeker, was this lone cow elk on Sunday afternoon. She stood out among the darker green leaves about 50 yards up the hill on the far side of the river. Little game was visible on Sunday afternoon as the critters may have just been enjoying a relaxing day in the sun.

Sandhill family…

There is a new family of sandhill cranes in Rio Blanco County. This mom, dad and two young cranes were spotted Saturday afternoon along County Road 36, south of Meeker. Several sightings of sandhill cranes have been noted this spring, particularly in eastern Rio Blanco County.

Deer…

It seems like all the wildlife in Rio Blanco County can be found hanging out on County Road 8 on the way east toward the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and Trappers Lake, but this large herd of deer, about 35 in all, were spotted along County Road 4, north and east of Meeker. The herd was enjoying the sunny weather and the sprouts of fresh grasses coming up in a valley field.

Passing through…

Not your usual scenery in Rio Blanco County could be seen Sunday afternoon on a runover pond just north of Highway 64 at mile marker 28. Enjoying the partly sunny sky  were two pelicans and bald eagle, which seemed to be waiting out the strong winds.

Sage grouse…

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It is not common to wander across individual sage grouse in the hills with their shyness and camouflage colors. Above are two grouse seen strutting around the hills south of Maybell, and at left is an entire lek of grouse in the wild.

Turkey hens…

The spring weather has the wild critters of Rio Blanco County on the prowl, and these four hen turkeys are no exception. Enjoying the beautiful spring weather, these four young ladies were spotted recently just off County Road 4, east of Meeker.