Outside briefs, Sept. 2, 2017
Ouray Bird Count,
Bird Banding project
at Ridgway State Park
The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society will hold its annual Ouray Bird Count and Bird Banding project at Ridgway State Park on Sept. 9-10.
People interesting in the bird count will meet in the park’s visitor center parking area on Sept. 9 and 10 at 8 a.m.
Those interested in observing bird banding can come to the Dallas Creek Banding Station on the south entrance to the park on Sept. 9 from 8:30-11 a.m.
Local audubon members will lead birders of all abilities on a route from Colona to Ironton with stops at key migration sites. Last year, more than 100 species were recorded.
For more than 10 years, birds have been mist netted, recorded, banded and released from the Dallas Creek site in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Black Canyon Audubon Society. Data collected over a two-week period is then used to better understand migration routes and to assess the health of bird populations and habitat areas.
Information: Bruce Ackerman, 727-858-5857.
Head for the hills:
Color Weekend set
at Powderhorn Resort
Powderhorn Mountain Resort will celebrate its annual Color Weekend on Sept. 23-24.
The resort will have the chair lift running so visitors can enjoy the changing of the colors
This long-standing tradition at Powderhorn gives visitors the chance to come enjoy the spectacular scenery of fall.
There will also be painting classes offered on the weekend. To reserve a spot in a class, call 970-640-8569.
Downhill mountain biking will also continue through October with the Flat Top Flyer high-speed chair lift running on the weekends.
Lower water means
fish salvage in effect at
Harvey Gap Reservoir
An emergency fish salvage is now in effect at Harvey Gap Reservoir because of the lowering of the water level.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife has removed regulations for minimum fish size and possession limits at the reservoir located north of Silt.
The salvage includes all species in the reservoir, including tiger muskie, northern pike, channel catfish, black crappie, trout, yellow perch, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass.
All other fishing regulations are in effect and will be enforced; anglers 16 and older must have a valid fishing license.
Overnight fishing is allowed to encourage the take of channel catfish.
The Silt Water Conservancy District will lower water levels in the reservoir to allow the inspection of the dam’s outlet structure.
According to the conservancy district, the reservoir will remain mostly empty until the dam is thoroughly inspected and any maintenance issues are addressed. Once the reservoir is permanently refilled, CPW will restock the fishery with approved species; however, when that will occur is undetermined.
The reservoir remains closed to any watercraft normally requiring an aquatic nuisance inspection, including boats and trailers.
Harvey Gap State Park is a day-use area only, except when fishing. Overnight camping and pets are prohibited.