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Nature & Wildlife
2020 June/July
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* June 20 - June Solstice, occurs at 21:43
UTC, This is the first day of summer (summer
solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the
first day of winter (winter solstice) in the South-
ern Hemisphere.
* July 5 - Full Moon, occurs at 04:44 UTC,
known by early Native American tribes as the
Buck Moon because now the male buck deer
would begin to grow their new antlers, also been
known as the Thunder Moon and the Hay Moon.
* July 5 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, During
this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly
but not completely, will be visible throughout
most of North America, South America, the east-
ern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean,
and extreme western Africa.
* July 14 - Jupiter at Opposition, brighter than
any other time of the year, visible all night long,
best time to photograph Jupiter and its moons, A
medium-sized telescope should be able to show
some details in Jupiter¡¯s cloud bands, A good
pair of binoculars should allow seeing Jupiter¡¯s
four largest moons appearing as bright dots on
either side of the planet.
* July 20 - Saturn at Opposition, brighter than
any other time of the year, visible all night long,
best time to view and photograph, A medium-
sized or larger telescope will allow seeing Sat-
urn¡¯s rings and a few of its brightest moons.
* July 22 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elon-
gation, best time to view Mercury since it will
be at its highest point above the horizon in the
morning sky, Look low in the eastern sky just
before sunrise.
* July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor
Shower, average shower that produces up to
20 meteors/hour at its peak, runs annually from
July 12 to August 23, peaks night of the 28th
and morning of the 29th, second quarter moon
will block many fainter meteors this year but if
you¡¯re patient you should still be able to catch
a few of the brighter ones, Meteors will radiate
from the constellation Aquarius but can appear
anywhere in the sky.
Jun
5th
13th
21st
28th
Visible Planets
[ Jun ][ Jul ]
Mercury -
[ Dusk ][ Dawn ]
Venus
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[ ---- ][ Morn ]
Mars
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[ Morn ][ Morn ]
Jupiter
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[ Morn ][ Night ]
Saturn
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[ Morn ][ Night ]
Jul
4th
12th
20th
27th
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The incidents were reported to CPW. Wildlife
officers and biologists responded to the area to
gather biological evidence that could be used to
confirm the presence of a wolf versus a coyote,
lost or escaped domestic dog or domestic wolf-
hybrid.
Additional searches and monitoring of the area
are continuing. Contacts with local animal con-
trol officials confirm no missing hybrids in the
area. Biological samples were limited.
The animal approaching humans so blatantly
is atypical wolf behavior so additional work will
be needed to fully confirm the animal¡¯s iden-
tity. More information will be provided when it
becomes available.
NW Pack Update
In the very northwest corner of Colorado, Colo-
rado Parks and Wildlife staff continue to moni-
tor the state¡¯s first known pack of wolves since
the 1930s. As many as six wolves have been
confirmed in several previous sightings by staff,
hunters, and landowners. The pack, originally
reported to CPW late last year, has been rela-
tively quiet of late.
Wildlife managers were able to recently cap-
ture an image of a lone wolf feeding on an elk
carcass in the area. Only one wolf was seen
over several different nights so it is unknown if
the wolf is a member of the known pack or the
animal is a new lone disperser into the area.
Disease tracking
CPW biologists and veterinarians have analyzed
scat (feces) samples and determined that sev-
eral members of the pack in northwest Colorado
are positive for eggs of the tapeworm Echino-
coccus canadensis. This parasite can lead to
hydatid disease in wild and domestic ungulates.
These tapeworms have been found in wolves in
Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Hydatid disease has not been widely seen in
Colorado but testing has been limited. CPW
is increasing monitoring for hydatid disease
including collecting and analyzing coyote scat to
establish baseline data.
While Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working to
monitor wolves, follow up on wolf sighting re-
ports and track disease, it is important to note
that wolves in Colorado remain under the
jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wolves are a federally endangered species in
Colorado and until that designation changes, all
wolf management is under direction of the fed-
eral government. Killing a wolf in Colorado is a
federal crime and can be punishable with up to a
year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Colorado Parks and wildlife has assembled a Fre-
quently Asked Questions document addressing
many issues people are curious about. This can
be accessed at:
cpw.state.co.us/Documents/WildlifeSpecies/
Mammals/Information on Wolves and QA FINAL.
pdf
Campers, landowners, and outdoor recreationists
that see or hear wolves in Colorado are encour-
aged to complete the computer-based wolf sight-
ing form which is available online at: cpw.state.
co.us/learn/Pages/Wolf-Sighting-Form.aspx
If unable to use the online form then sightings
can be reported to the nearest CPW office.
ranges - throughout the state. The nine projects
approved for funding this year include more than
$257,000 in local matching funds.
CPW¡¯s SRDG coordinator Jim Guthrie said, ¡°We¡¯re
investing sportsmen dollars into shooting range
facilities, plus really leveraging those dollars. And
with Colorado¡¯s growing population, demand for
safe, accessible ranges continues to rise. The
SRDG program is a major tool in helping to meet
that demand.¡±
Guthrie said there are some particularly note-
worthy projects funded this year, including the
Boulder Rifle Club¡¯s addition of a major public
shooting range in the greater Denver metro area,
a new helice range in Delta, and the expansion of
a heavily used public archery range in Windsor.
(Locally) Delta Rifle Club Helice Range is a trap
shooting-like sport, except a plastic cover with
wings is attached to the clay pigeon, which re-
sults in an erratic and unpredictable flight pat-
tern. The intent is to more closely mimic wild bird
flight. The Delta range would be the only helice
range on the Western Slope and only the second
in Colorado. ¡°This will be a new type of recre-
ational opportunity, and it will be very interesting
to see range users¡¯ reaction to it,¡± said Guthrie.
In the United States, the economic impact of the
sporting arms and ammunition industry totals
more than $42 billion and creates more than
263,000 jobs.
The Pittman-Robertson excise tax manufacturers
pay on the products they sell is a major source of
wildlife conservation funding in Colorado and na-
tionwide. Colorado Parks and Wildlife also directs
a portion of its Pittman-Robertson funding to the
shooting range program.
The Shooting Range Development Grants award-
ed on the western slope in 2020 include:
--Delta Trap Club; New helice range - $37,100
--South Canyon Archery Range, Glenwood
Springs; Shade shelter at archery range -
$15,000
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has award-
ed $725,000 to nine shooting ranges across
Colorado through the agency¡¯s Shooting Range
Development Grant Program (SRDG). The funds
will go toward developing new shooting ranges
and to upgrade existing ranges.
SRDG supports the establishment, improve-
ment and expansion of safe shooting facilities
in Colorado and is one of the largest shooting
range programs in the nation. Since 2010, SRDG
has awarded more than $4.8 million in funding
to more than 70 shooting and archery projects
across Colorado.
The program¡¯s funds come from federal excise
taxes generated by the sale of hunting and
shooting equipment, in addition to funds gener-
ated by license fees. Local partners in the proj-
ects also commit at least 25 percent in matching
funds for the work.
Each year, SRDG maximizes its impact by provid-
ing matching grants to towns, counties, outdoor
recreation organizations, shooting clubs, parks
and recreation departments and others. These
projects establish, improve or expand shooting
ranges and shooting areas - including archery
Shooting Ranges Get A Boost
¡°Usually, it is not difficult
to change from indoors
to outdoors.¡±