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.

Excess snow takes toll on area’s elk and deer

RBC I As a flip on the last three years, when there was good snow, good forage and great calf and fawn survival, an abundance of snow this winter has done some harm to the elk and deer herds found in and around Rio Blanco County, according to the local area wildlife manager for Colorado […]

Muley…

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The wildlife was out in the open on Sunday afternoon enjoying the warming sun and light breeze as spring is slowly making its presence known. This doe was part of a group of four mule deer does along County Road 8 only about 10 miles east of town. This was one of many groups of […]

Just out grazing…

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This tom turkey was enjoying his feed and the sunshine so much Sunday that he really didn’t mind being photographed at close range. The tom was the only male turkey along with 12 hens out near the driveway at a home just a few miles east of Meeker along County Road 8. In addition to […]

Elk in springtime…

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The yearling…

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This yearling buck is enjoying the good weather of late, moseying around the streets of Rangely without a worry. The warming weather has seemingly driven the deer back into the hills around town as the number of sightings is way down.