As North Star Nature Preserve moves into its quiet season, leaving Nordic skiers awaiting snow and the river no longer viable to float, the beaver population has been quite busy.
Black bears sightings in the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere will be dropping off in the coming weeks. These animals generally head for their dens in November or early December, as natural food sources disappear.
Few local bird species elicit as many superlatives as the male Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides). And with good reason.