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water. In Colorado, a BUI can
be punishable by a year in jail,
a loss of boating privileges for
3 months, fines up to $1000
and 96 hours of community
service.
Boat owners must partici-
pate in mandatory state-cer-
tified boat inspections to help
prevent the spread of zebra
and quagga mussels and other
aquatic nuisance species (ANS)
in Colorado lakes and reser-
voirs. These invasive species
are a serious threat to Colora-
do waters, negatively affecting
the food chain and endanger-
ing key infrastructures. To help
prevent the spread of zebra
and quagga mussels, boat-
ers should remember to follow
these steps: Clean, Drain, Dry.
Nature & Wildlife
2018 June/July
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* June 21 - June Solstice, occurs at 10:07
UTC, the first day of summer (summer sol-
stice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the
first day of winter (winter solstice) in the
Southern Hemisphere.
* June 28 - Full Moon, known by early Na-
tive American tribes as the Full Strawberry
Moon because it signaled the time of year to
gather ripening fruit and coincides with the
peak of strawberry harvesting season, has
also been known as the Full Rose Moon and
the Full Honey Moon.
* July 13 - Partial Solar Eclipse, can only
be safely observed with a special solar filter
or by looking at the Sun¡¯s reflection, will only
be visible in extreme southern Australia and
Antarctica.
* July 27 - Full Moon, known by early Na-
tive American tribes as the Full Buck Moon
because the male buck deer would begin to
grow their new antlers at this time of year,
has also been known as the Full Thunder
Moon and the Full Hay Moon.
* July 27 - Total Lunar Eclipse, During this
type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get
darker and then take on a rusty or blood red
color. The eclipse will be visible throughout
most of Europe, Africa, western and central
Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Western Austra-
lia.
* July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor
Shower, average shower produces up to 20
meteors/hour at its peak, runs annually from
Jul 12-Aug 23, peaks this year July 28 and
morning of July 29, The nearly full moon will
be a problem this year, blocking out all but
the brightest meteors, but if you are patient
you should still be able to catch a few good
ones. Best viewing will be from a dark loca-
tion after midnight.
Meteors will radiate from the constellation
Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the
sky.
Jun
6th
13th
20th
27th
Visible planets:
[ Jun ][ Jul ]
Mercury -
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][ dusk ]
Venus
-
[ eve ][ eve ]
Mars
-
[ morn ][ night ]
Jupiter
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[ eve ][ eve ]
Saturn
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[ night ][ eve ]
Summer safety tips
from Colorado Parks and Wildlife
DENVER: With so many activities and open spac-
es, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds outdoor
enthusiasts that our wealth of outdoor activities
also come with responsibilities.
¡°Our staff takes pride in seeing so many people
getting outdoors and enjoying the many kinds of
summer recreation in the state,¡± said Dan Pren-
zlow, Southeast Regional Manager for CPW.
¡°We ask that people who are getting outside over
the course of the summer remember that a bit of
preparation goes a long way. Knowing the rules
and maintaining proper equipment is a big part of
a having safe and fun summer.¡±
Below are some rules and tips for safely enjoying
our state this summer:
Boating Requirements and Safety:
In Colorado, anyone operating a motorboat,
including a personal watercraft or sailboat, must
be at least 16 years old. However, youths 14 and
15 years of age can operate a motorboat, jet ski
or sailboat if they successfully complete the state¡¯s
Boating Safety Course. The course is offered
throughout the state and is open to adults as well
as teens; though adults are not required to take
the course, doing so may qualify owners for a
discount on boat insurance.
US Coast Guard-approved safety equipment
is required on all boats. Though some activities
such as water skiing require additional equip-
ment, every boat must minimally have a personal
flotation device for every person on board. Our
Boating Regulations brochure details the specific
requirements for all boating and PWC activities in
Colorado.
Never operate any watercraft while under the
influence. Drinking and boating can be just as
dangerous, if not more so, than drinking and driv-
ing. Not only will operators experience the nega-
tive effects on judgment, vision, balance, coordi-
nation and reaction times associated with alcohol
consumption, but they may also be affected by
¡°Boater¡¯s Hypnosis.¡± Boater¡¯s hypnosis, or boater¡¯s
fatigue, is caused by exposure to noise, vibration,
sun, glare, wind and motion experienced on the
Jul
6th
12th
19th
27th
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Know Before You Go
Remember when planning hiking and camping
trips that much of the state is also bear country.
Before heading out for your adventures, brush
up on how to enjoy the outdoors in bear country
without unintentionally creating problems or po-
tential conflicts with these amazing animals.
Black bears are not naturally aggressive with
humans, but they are strongly motivated by food,
garbage and anything else that smells like a meal.
Once they learn to find an easy meal at a camp-
site or in a car, they can damage property or even
injure humans when returning to find additional
food.
¡°We expect a busy summer at all of our parks,
and on water and trails across the state,¡± said
Prenzlow. ¡°Before packing for your trips, check in
on local water conditions, fire bans or other issues
that might affect your plans. Know before you go
and enjoy your summer.¡±
There¡¯s no denying the many thrills of summer
activities in Colorado, and knowing rules and
conditions can help keep your summer as safe as
it is exciting. To learn more about the wide variety
of summer activities in the Centennial State visit:
cpw.state.co.us
Living with Wildlife:
Colorado is fortunate to count over 900
species of wildlife among our residents.
Respecting wildlife while enjoying our state¡¯s
natural treasures is all of our responsibility!
Most dangerous encounters occur because
people fail to leave wild animals alone. Wild-
life should not be harassed, captured, do-
mesticated or fed. Intentional or inadvertent
feeding is the major cause of most wildlife
problems, not to mention it is illegal to feed
deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, prong-
horn, bears and elk in Colorado.
Spring and early summer is the season for
young wildlife and it¡¯s important to remember
that wildlife does not operate the same way
domesticated animals do. They frequently
leave their young to find food sources or
even distract predators. If you see a young
animal alone, never try to take matters into
your own hands - it is best to let nature take
its course without human intervention. If an
animal is clearly injured or remains alone for
more than 24 hours, then call your nearest
CPW office.