1.27.2015

Campus Architecture

The Summer 2014 issue of Mines magazine features a story on the campus's historic architecture, "Building History:  Campus Structures Reveal Mines' Past."  Campus structures include buildings by famous Colorado architects Robert Roeschlaub and Temple Hoyne Buell.  The article features some excellent photographs of the buildings around campus, from the 1870s to the present day. 

A history of the campus architecture can also be found for the University of Colorado.  William R. Deno's Body and Soul:  Architectural Style at the University of Colorado can be checked out from our library.  Check our library's web catalog for more resources on Colorado historic architecture and college and university histories. 

1.26.2015

Agricultural Chemicals and Water Quality

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have teamed up to bring you the Agricultural Chemicals Groundwater Protection Water Quality Database.  This database and accompanying map feature provide "groundwater quality monitoring results by year and geographic location for pesticides and inorganic compounds including nitrate–nitrogen. All reports are printable summaries of the requested information. Because the program focuses on geographical areas with extensive agricultural chemical use, the data does not represent typical groundwater quality in Colorado."  Data can be searched and sorted by geographic area, well type, chemical type, and date. 

1.22.2015

Crime Statistics

Each year the Colorado Bureau of Investigation publishes a report on their website, Crime in Colorado, with statistics on crime for the past year.  The reports are interactive rather than book-form, to make searching for specific stats easier.  Each year's report is archived online so that researchers can go back and compare statistics from year to year.  Among the statistics included in these reports are crime trends, arrests, and statistics by type of crime (homicide, theft, arson, etc.)

The Colorado Department of Public Safety's Office of Research and Statistics also publishes crime statistics on their website.  This site illustrates with graphs such information as arrests/crimes based on total population; county and statewide crime rates; arrest rates; and incarceration statistics. Criminal justice agencies such as law enforcement agencies and district attorneys can also obtain up-to-date statistics by contacting the CBI's Colorado Crime Information Center.

1.21.2015

Squirrels in Colorado

January 21 has been designated Squirrel Appreciation Day (I don't make this stuff up).  The cute, fuzzy creatures with their amusing acrobatics are a common sight in Colorado.  Squirrels live in Colorado year-round, gathering up food and making nests.  So if you find leftover food littering your neighborhood, don't assume your neighbors are piggy -- it's most likely the work of squirrels.  Squirrels often live near bird populations, especially if bird feeders are present, and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish bird nests from squirrel nests.  Squirrels also make a chattering call that can be confused with birdcalls.

Colorado has two categories of squirrels -- ground squirrels and tree squirrels.  There are several species of ground squirrels in Colorado, ranging from the spotted ground squirrel on the Eastern Plains to the rock squirrels in the mesas and canyons of Western Colorado.  Some species also live in the mountains.  Some interesting historical information on ground squirrels can be found in the publications Life-History Studies of the Wyoming Ground Squirrel (Citellus elegans elegans) in Colorado (1931), The Ground Squirrels of Colorado (1924), A Contribution to the Life History of the Wyoming Ground Squirrel (Citellus elegans) in Colorado (1920), The Striped Ground Squirrels of Colorado (1914), and The Wyoming Spermophile or Ground Squirrel, Citellus elegans (1913), all available for checkout from our library. 

The fox squirrel is common in the
Denver metro area.  Photo courtesy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Tree squirrels include the fox squirrel, which is the species you are most likely to see in your backyard if you live in the Denver metro area.  Fox squirrels are not native to Colorado.  The other two species of tree squirrel found in Colorado, Abert's and pine squirrels, live in the mountainous parts of the state.  For in-depth information on the pine squirrel, see The Influence of Population Density and Body Size on the Behavioral Ecology of the Pine Squirrel, a 1988 publication of the University of Colorado-Boulder available for checkout from our library. 

Basic facts on all of these squirrel species, including range, habitat, reproduction, scientific names, and tips on living with wildlife can be found on the Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife's species profile page.  Search our web catalog for more resources on Colorado wildlife.

1.20.2015

I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane

Tired of being stuck in traffic on I-70 as you head home from the mountains?  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been working on constructing an eastbound I-70 peak period shoulder lane that should help ease some of the congestion along the interstate as skiers, trucks, and others make their way toward Denver.  Construction of the lane is supposed to be completed this month.  For more information on the construction, including a project schedule, public meeting information, videos, and project benefits, see CDOT's project webpage.