Great blue herons have long been a cherished sight at North Star Nature Preserve.
Anyone who has taken a summer hike in the woods without seeing so much as chipmunk might wonder if there are any animals out there at all. It’s wintertime that opens a window to the wanderings of wildlife. The signs of animals on the move are everywhere, making the snowy months the best time of the year to take stock of the creatures that surround us, even if we don’t see them.
December brings the annual closing of various Pitkin County Open Space and Trails properties for the protection of wintering wildlife.