CONSERVATION NEWS

Aiken Conservation Team

Would you like to get more involved in local/regional issues? If so, please contact Conservation Chair Linda Hodges and join our activist team. You choose what level of involvement you’d like:  from doing research, to writing legislators to simply receiving occasional updates. Let your voice be heard!

Colorado Legislative Reports

Audubon Rockies, along with Trout Unlimited, supports a lobbyist, Jen Boulton, who tracks bills coming before the Colorado State Legislature, and advocates for bird-related conservation issues. She sends reports on upcoming legislation: Current Legislative Report

Big Johnson Reservoir

Wondering what’s happening to Big Johnson Reservoir? Here’s what we know…

Pinello Ranch Wetlands Mitigation

Mitigation work is finally wrapping up at Pinello, which included removing Russian olives, tamarisk and some small cottonwoods, and creating almost ten acres of wetlands in three separate sites. This is expected to enhance wildlife habitat and vegetation diversity on the property. This project was done to mitigate wetlands disturbance along the Southern Delivery System southeast of Marksheffel and Bradley Roads. It should take about 3 to 5 years to fill in completely. Meanwhile, birding at Pinello, which is a Colorado Springs Utility property, is limited to a few outings per season. See the Current Field Trip page for any planned trips.

Hwy. 115 Quarry

Transit Mix Concrete has been trying to expand the quarry adjacent to the Hitch Rack Ranch and Aiken Canyon Preserve, which is managed by The Nature Conservancy. Read the entire saga, and see how it ends!

Centennial Extension through Sondermann Park

It appears that Sondermann Park will remain intact for another year. Work continues on the section of road between Centennial and Van Buren. Once that’s completed, the Voluntary Clean-up of an undocumented trash site will begin, and should be wrapped up by summer of 2019. At that point, the phase that will impact the northeast corner of Sondermann—building the road from Van Buren to Fontanero—is expected to start. You might want to make use of birding the property now, while the habitat remains undisturbed.

mccrae-reservoir-001Widefield Community Park Master Plan

In the recent draft master plan, recommended action items include the installation of a seasonal floating wildlife observation platform on McCrae Reservoir, and improvements to the tunnel leading to the reservoir under Fontaine Boulevard. It will likely be five to ten years before funding allows implementation.

More Hot Topics

  • Audubon Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Protections for Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON – A coalition of national environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today filed litigation, National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior, in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Learn more…

  • Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has initiated a formal comment period as part of a process to weaken or eliminate landmark conservation plans that are helping to ensure the survival of the Greater Sage-Grouse. (Learn more…)

  • Protect the Arctic Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge still urgently needs your help, even through the bill opening it to oil and gas exploration has passed. We must continue to spread the message that this iconic American treasure, which is home to 200 species of birds, should not be opened to exploration. (Learn more…)

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