Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor
Shower, one of the best showers produc-
es up to 60 meteors/hr at peak, produces
large number of bright meteors, runs an-
nually from July 17-Aug 24, peaks night of
Aug 12 and morning of Aug 13, nearly full
moon will block out most fainter meteors
but the Perseids are so bright and numer-
ous it could still be a good show, meteors
radiate from constellation Perseus but can
appear anywhere in the sky.
* August 15 - Full Moon, known by some
early Native American tribes as the Full
Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon
fish of the Great Lakes and other major
lakes were more easily caught this time of
year, has also been known as the Green
Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.
* September 9 - Neptune at Opposition.
The blue giant planet will be at its closest
approach to Earth and its face will be fully
illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter
than any other time of the year and will
be visible all night long. This is the best
time to view and photograph Neptune. Due
to its extreme distance from Earth, it will
only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the
most powerful telescopes.
* September 14 - Full Moon, known by
some early Native American tribes as
the Full Corn Moon because the corn is
harvested around this time of year, also
known as the Harvest Moon. The Harvest
Moon is the full moon that occurs closest
to the September equinox each year.
* September 23 - September Equinox,
occurs at 07:50 UTC. The Sun will shine
directly on the equator and there will be
nearly equal amounts of day and night
throughout the world, also the first day of
fall (autumnal equinox) in the Northern
Hemisphere and the first day of spring
(vernal equinox) in the Southern Hemi-
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Parks & Wildlife Thanks Military
Work starts to restore
Navajo State Park Marina
ARBOLES, CO: Work started the week of July 29
to restore marina facilities at the boat ramp at
Navajo State Park.
The dock, boat slips, store and utility lines were
removed early this year because they could have
been damaged when the water level of the reser-
voir dropped to a record low.
Construction crews will reconnect the infrastruc-
ture; and if all goes as planned the work could be
completed by Labor Day.
¡°We know this was an inconvenience for our
boaters but we appreciate everyone¡¯s patience,¡±
said Brian Sandy, manager of Navajo State Park.
¡°When this work is completed we¡¯ll be better able
to handle low-water conditions.¡±
Besides positioning the dock and slips, water,
sewage pump-out, gasoline and limited electric
service will again be available at the conclusion of
The marina store will no longer be located in the
water. It will be moved to the top of the boat ramp
and plans are being made for a new building that
will include more facilities and services for park
Last fall, CPW resurfaced about 180 feet of the
boat ramp which was deteriorating.
Navajo State Park, one of 41 state parks operated
by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is located near the
New Mexico border in southern Colorado.
The park draws more than 330,000 visitors every
year. The 2,100-acre park offers boating, fish-
ing, hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing, 138
campsites and three cabins.
The reservoir is one of the largest in the West at
more than 15,000 surface acres.
For more information: 970.883.2208
Proof of service must be presented at any CPW
office or state park to enjoy one of the agency¡¯s
All military personnel honorably discharged,
discharged under honorable conditions, or
with general discharge, as well as active duty,
reservist and National Guard personnel are
eligible to obtain a military hang-tag pass valid
for free admission during the month of August.
To obtain your pass at any CPW office or park,
please bring one of the following for staff to
Active, retired or veteran military identification
DD Form 2, DD Form 2765,
DD214 w/discharge annotated ¡°honorable¡±,
¡°under honorable conditions¡±, or ¡°general¡±,
Veterans Affairs medical card,
A current and valid Colorado Driver¡¯s License
or state-issued identification card with the word
¡®Veteran¡¯ printed on it as specified in 42-2-303
NOTE: A military seal on a driver¡¯s license does
NOT satisfy the requirement for military ID for
month of August.
Free access for veterans and
active-duty military in August
is a program CPW offers in ap-
preciation to those who serve
and have served our country.
¡°We deeply appreciate our ac-
tive duty service members and
veterans for their service to
our nation,¡± said Dan Prenzlow,
director of Colorado Parks and
¡°There¡¯s no way to ever thank
our military members enough
for their service and sacrifice,
but CPW is proud to offer free
entry to our parks this month
as a chance to get out and
spend time in Colorado¡¯s great
All eligible military members
may pick up their hangtag and
pass beginning August 1.
Once eligibility is confirmed, the military hang-
tag pass is issued to the service member. The
hang-tag pass is valid when hung from the rear-
view mirror of a service member occupied vehicle
and admits all passengers of that vehicle.
Service members and their families can relax and
recharge with activities including archery, boat-
ing, fishing, hiking, kayaking and wildlife-viewing,
along with well-equipped nature centers and
¡°We wouldn¡¯t have these beautiful natural re-
sources and open spaces to enjoy without the
sacrifice of so many veterans and current active
duty service members, so we hope that these
folks and their families and friends are able to
spend some quality time with us in August,¡± said
Though park entrance fees are waived for vet-
erans and active-duty personnel in the month of
August, activities such as fishing and camping
still require a valid license or reservation.
A wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities
within each state park can be found in the online
Parks Guide. Visit the CPW Park Finder to locate a
state park near you.
CPW offers active duty military and
veterans free admission to all state parks
for the month of August
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering all
active-duty military and veterans free entrance to
all 41 Colorado state parks during the entire
Labor Day Finish Targeted