On a perfect Spring day like today when the sky is crystalline blue, the sun is warm, the crisp mountain breeze ruffles last year’s abandoned leaves and melting snow reveals the first, fresh, green signs of returning life, it is easy to get lost in beauty and forget that our wildlife population is just returning, waking and/or recovering from a very stressful winter.
Everything is hungry! The birds empty our rather large feeder about every 36 hours. We’ll have to take it down shortly so as not to attract our waking and very hungry bears. Our BB fox is beautiful, but quite slender. With their winter coats all shaggy and long and their antler buds looking a little like giant dog bones, our Elk seem to have “bed head” all over their bodies. The Elk, Mule Deer, and Big Horn Sheep have literally been eating their way up and down Fall River Road and hardly look up – even to have their picture taken.
As nature warms and awakens, so our visitor population increases, as does the human impact on our beautiful environment. With just a little planning and conscientious attention to detail, we can appreciate, enjoy and live peacefully and respectfully with our world and all its inhabitants.
Gather to learn and appreciate all nature has to offer as Rocky Mountain National Park Celebrates Earth Day and National Park Week with a fun filled day of activities. Park admission is free on both Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. From 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 19, visitors to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (US Highway 36) will learn about the importance of evironmental service and becoming better, more aware stewards of our beautiful country and all of its inhabitants.
Saturday, April 19, Schedule:
10a – 1p Biodiversity Olympics (Family friendly activities to get moving)
10:30a – 11:30a Volunteer Trash Pick-Up (Remember to dress for our high altitude, mountain spring weather. Equipment will be provided.)
10:30a Bear Necessities Program
11:30a Storytime with a Ranger
2p Skins and Skulls Program
1p – 3p Nature Walks
1p – 4p Tour the Park Greenhouse
There will also be an Arts & Crafts station to create cool Earth Day artwork. You can pick up a special Earth Day Scavenger Hunt acitity sheet and/or a Junior Ranger Activity Book.
Throughout the day, Park staff, Rangers, and Scientists will be available to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the Park Information Office at 970-586-1206.