Mountain Lions in your back yard

This morning there was a news story about a woman in Golden who went to the door looking for her cat, and instead found 2 mountain lion cubs and their mother in her back yard. (Pictures and the full story can be found at 9news.com)

Mountain lion sightings become more frequent in the winter, as deer move into lower territory looking for land to graze, the lions follow -- deer are their main source of food.

If you encounter a mountain lion, here are the tips from the Colorado Division of Wildlife:

  • Stay calm, and talk calmly and firmly to it.
  • Back away slowly.
  • Do all you can to appear larger-- by raising your arms, or opening your jacket.
  • Fight back if you are attacked.
More details can be found in their brochure, "Living with Wildlife in Lion Country."
There is also a new mountain lion safety video out on the Division of Wildlife website.


Let's Talk Turkey

Did you know that there are still wild turkeys in Colorado? The Colorado Division of Wildlife's website is full of information on these large (and tasty!) birds. For instance, you can read the DOW's Outdoors Journal article about imitating turkey calls. There's also another article, "Turkey Trekking," about finding and following turkey tracks. Kids can learn about Colorado's wild turkeys through DOW's Kid's Discovery Page on turkeys. (Hint: If you print out the fact sheet, you can color the turkeys too!) If you're interested in spotting turkeys in the wild, visit DOW's wildlife viewing page on turkeys for information on where to go. For hunters, DOW also has a Turkey Hunting 101 webpage. And what to do with that juicy turkey once you've brought it home? Check out DOW's Colorado Catch Cookbook: Wild Game and Fish Recipes, available from our library.

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble

Photo courtesy of Colorado Division of Wildlife


6th Annual Denver Adoption Day

Tomorrow, Friday, November 19, is Denver's 6th annual Adoption Day. Not only does Adoption Day promote helping foster children find permanent families, but this year, 93 children will officially have found those families as the county court legalizes their adoptions tomorrow. Yet there are still about 300 foster children around Colorado, about a third of which are in Denver, waiting for a permanent home. If you are interested in adopting a foster child, see the Colorado Department of Human Services' adoption website at http://www.changealifeforever.org/index.asp, or contact your local human services agency. For more on Denver Adoption Day, see the Colorado Supreme Court's press release.


Complete College Colorado

On Monday Governor Ritter launched a new campaign to encourage students to obtain or finish their college degrees. The campaign, called Complete College Colorado, focuses on degree attainment, financial aid, education reform, and assistance for adults returning to school. For more information, see the Governor's press release. The program's website is available at at http://completecollegecolorado.com. Our library has many resources from the state's publicly-funded colleges and universities, so if you're thinking about college, be sure and check our catalog for helpful resources, both in print and on the web.


Veterans Day

Since 1919, November 11th has been a day to honor those who have fought for our country in times of war. The date was originally chosen to honor the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany at the end of World War I that went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November (Armistice Day). In June 1954, legislation was passed changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, to honor American veterans of all wars.

If you'd like more information on the history of veteran's day and how it is commemorated, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has put together a nice set of Veteran's Day resources, including a teacher's guide.

A list of events and celebrations along the Front Range is available on the Denver Post website.

On a related note, if you are looking for information on services available to Colorado veterans, visit these state agency websites:

The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs is a central source of information on veterans benefits, rights and issues. Their "Veteran Resource Links" page is a great collection of internet resourcesfor veterans.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has a program called "Veterans Succeeding in the 21st Century Workforce." Their mission is "to provide Veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st Century workforce by meeting labor-market demands with qualified Veterans." This is the place to go for information on employment services, education and training, and benefits for veterans.


Historic Colorado Postcards

Did you know that the Colorado State Archives has a collection of historic postcards? Postcards are a fun way to learn about the past. They highlight places and events that were important to previous generations. Plus, illustrated postcards show pictures in color before the widespread use of color photography. The Archives has a collection of over 800 historic postcards, about half of which are digitized and searchable on their website. For more about the Colorado State Archives, visit their homepage at http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/.

Here is a view of early-twentieth century downtown Denver from the Archives' collection:


Mollusks in Colorado

Did you know that freshwater mollusks are becoming one of the most endangered group of animals in North America? Wildlife professionals are collecting information on Colorado's mollusk population to determine if the species here are endangered. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has released "A Field Guide to the Freshwater Mollusks of Colorado" to aid field biologists and other concerned citizens in the identification and inventory of mollusk populations in the state. The book is available online, and can also be checked out from the State Publications Library, or any of our depository libraries across the state.

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