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Nature & Wildlife
2017 February/March
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
Virgo- Some wind may blow on all levels
but should do no major harm; stay mellow
and take care of neglected health issues.
Financials likely to improve from extra efforts
Libra- Energies could bounce around bring-
ing some turbulence in all areas but mostly
in the personal; Be aware that like a roller
coaster you will likely find pleasure in the
ride. Keep smiling!
Scorpio- A busy, stressful environment pos-
sible in the professional however staying ef-
fort should pay handsomely. Fairly stable and
uneventful in the personal. Avoid accidents by
paying attention.
Sagittarius- Emotion and passion battle it
out with rational practicality in the personal
with both winning their share of focus; ride
the seesaw with a smile. Be frugal with finan-
cials now.
Capricorn- Turbulence or even interference
may appear in the personal; do not get frus-
trated for it will fade with honest communica-
tion and cooperation. Chances for unexpected
financial windfall increasing.
Aquarius- A whole lot of good energy begins
aligning for you near to long term; increasing
rewards for steady effort in the professional.
Stay thankful and maintain well what you
have already.
Pisces- A pause in passion as financials
increasingly become center focus; extra en-
ergy spent professionally drives progress and
reward. Watch closely for positive opportunity
to manifest post eclipse.
Visible planets: Jupiter and Saturn are best seen
in the morning sky after local midnight but before
dawn; Venus and Mars are best seen in the evening
sky; Mercury is visible in the eastern sky for an
hour or so before sunrise.
* February 11 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. A pen-
umbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes
through the Earth¡¯s partial shadow, or penumbra.
During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken
slightly but not completely. The eclipse will be visible
throughout most of eastern South America, east-
ern Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, and
western Asia.
* February 26 - Annular Solar Eclipse. An an-
nular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far
away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun.
This results in a ring of light around the darkened
Moon. The Sun¡¯s corona is not visible during an an-
nular eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin off
the coast of Chile and pass through southern Chile
and southern Argentina, across the southern Atlantic
Ocean, and into Angola and Congo in Africa. A partial
eclipse will be visible throughout parts of southern
South America and southwestern Africa.
* March 20 - March Equinox. The March equinox
occurs at 10:29 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on
the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts
of day and night throughout the world. This is also
the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the North-
ern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal
equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.
program, contribute to the GoFundMe campaign at:
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on
license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to
support its operations, including: 42 state parks and
more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately
900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting,
wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-mo-
torized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW¡¯s
work contributes approximately $6 billion in total
economic impact annually throughout Colorado.
¡°I am excited and eager to utilize K9 Cash as an
asset for managing Colorado¡¯s diverse wildlife
resource. With his canine abilities, I expect to
be a more productive wildlife manager,¡± said
Biologists do a lot of Boreal Toad research in
McArdle¡¯s region, so the hope is that Cache
might be able to assist in finding those toads,
too, said Gurule.
In past conservation efforts, biologists and re-
search assistants have spent up to three weeks
in the field searching for these rare toads to
study and during that time might locate 15-20
toads. With a dog trained to sniff them out,
what used to take three weeks might only take
a matter of days.
The fledgling K9 program has a long way to
go before a case can be made for agency-wide
adoption. In the meantime, CPW is hoping for
the support of outside individuals and organi-
zations who want to see wildlife officers with
a great tool for protecting themselves and the
abundance of wildlife resources that belong to
all Coloradoans.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover the
yearly cost of Sci and Cash¡¯s vet bills, food,
boarding and ancillary costs. It¡¯s estimated that
over a 10-year working period, a dog will cost
about $20,000.
If you would like to contribute to growing the K9
Aries- High passion and love energy
abounds. High physical energy. Initiative,
ambition and action step on the gas driving
success and monetary gain. Take a breath
once in awhile.
Taurus- Testing hurdles may appear in the
professional; you likely will clear them all
with determination and effort. Possible light
turbulence at home. Be cautious with the
Gemini- Great love may be upon you, be
open and aware if you are single; Couples
grow much closer as desire and passion
energy overflows. Steady, solid effort in the
professional pays well.
Cancer- Avoid all conflict or stress at this
time. Teamwork and collaborations in the pro-
fessional arena help manifest much forward
progress. Cooperation and harmony rule the
day at home.
Leo- Sunlight clears out cobwebs in the
personal arena and awakens communication,
cooperation, affection and adventure; Stay
aware singles as you may very well find your
soul mate. Financials improve.
¡°We recognize the need for a service animal,
and the benefits that they provide,¡± said Brett
Axton, president of the Colorado Chapter of
SCI. ¡°The purchase and donation of the work-
ing dog was a unanimous decision of our board
and membership. Now our friend and partner,
Philip Gurlue, can be more effective as a Parks
and Wildlife officer.¡±
During hunting seasons (essentially August
through January) it¡¯s not uncommon for
wildlife officers to put in well over 50 hours
per week making hunter contacts, checking
licenses, writing citations, working poaching
cases and making arrests.
It¡¯s an investment that is already showing
During the 2015 big game hunting season,
Gurule brought Sci to the large-scale Inter-
state-70 hunter inspection event to showcase
his skill. The check station is designed to
flag hunters and anglers down to check their
licenses and their takes, and to catch poachers
who have taken game illegally. In many cases,
especially with hunters using pull-behind trail-
ers, or poachers trying to hide an illegal take,
inspections could take more than 30 minutes
as officers unpack, then repack hunting gear
and other items during their inspections.
With Sci, and his nose trained to sniff for wild
game, those searches lasted two minutes, at
Gurule also credits just the presence of Sci
with de-escalating would-be problem hunter
¡°I made contact with a guy who was trespass-
ing on private property. He was pretty irate I
was there checking his license and questioning
him-- understand, everyone we make con-
tact with in the field is armed -- and he was
screaming at me and followed me to my truck
as I went to check his hunting license. As soon
as Sci saw him he started barking like crazy,
which he does with anyone who comes near
the truck -- he¡¯s got a 360-degree view from
his kennel. The man seemed surprised and
asked ¡®You got a dog in there?¡¯ And then, while
he still wasn¡¯t the most compliant, you could
tell he was much more calm,¡± told Gurule.
The Moon Dance
The Horoscopes
Night Time Delights
Bald Eagles ¡°A Success Story¡±
Sci has also used his nose to help with
poaching investigations, finding shell
casings in tall grasses in a matter of
minutes; a feat that would have taken
two officers an entire day, two, or per-
haps never, to find.
As Sci continues to showcase just how
much more impactful and efficient a
wildlife officer can be with a dog, Gu-
rule hopes he can help to grow the K9
program within the agency.
Accomplishing that vision looks
promising, and Gurule is helping to
train a one-year-old black lab, named
Cache, to sniff out wild game, and to
be a partner for Wildlife Officer Brock
McArdle in the northeast region of the
Love is in the air at bald eagle nests in Colorado
With Valentine¡¯s Day approaching, Colorado Parks &
Wildlife celebrates the breeding season of bald eagles
as they return to their nests and prepare to have this
year¡¯s eaglets. Happily, Colorado¡¯s bald eagle popula-
tion continues to grow, from less than 5 nests in the
1970s to more than 170 today.
¡°The recovery of bald eagles is truly emerging as a
success story,¡± said Mike Sherman, wildlife biologist
with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Bald eagle nests can be 7-8 feet across, usually in tall
trees high above the ground. They often choose dead
limbs in tall trees, possibly because their view is not
obstructed by foliage. Nests are often found near wa-
ter. The female lays one to three eggs, which are dull
white. The incubation period is about 35 days, with
both the male and female keeping the eggs warm.