Just when you thought baby zoo animals couldn't get any cuter (we're talking about you, baby tigers), along comes an itty-bitty leopard that changes everything. His name is Makar (pronounced Mah-car), he was born on April 25 and he is effing adorable. The Denver Zoo has kept Makar and his cuteness ... More >>
The Arapahoe Snowfly is so small that you wouldn't notice if you inhaled it. At just .2 inches long, it's certainly not the kind of cuddly creature that appears on birthday cards and computer backgrounds. (Like mine, which just so happens to feature an effing adorable photo of two Denver Zoo polar b ... More >>
John Wayne in 1969's True Grit, which was filmed in Colorado.Today legislators will consider a measure that would provide an economic incentive for filmmakers to work in Colorado -- a rarity these days, as detailed in "The Reel West." But a century ago, there was a booming film business in th ... More >>
That gnashing of teeth and muttered cursing you hear is coming from energy companies and developers north of the state border. Last week, U.S. District Judge John L. Kane ruled that an obscure jumping mouse should be considered a threatened species not only in Colorado but in Wyoming, too -- ... More >>
Nothing moves swiftly in the upper echelons of government decision-making -- especially when the decisions have to do with a tiny rodent that can stall development projects. Today marks the public-comment deadline on the proposal for critical habitat designation of the Preble's meadow jumpi ... More >>
WildEarth Guardians says this little guy deserves to be listed as an endangered species.A prominent wildlife conservation group is suing Secretary of the Interior (and former Colorado Senator) Ken Salazar for reportedly failing to protect a prairie song bird that many say is nearing extinctio ... More >>
Stop resting easy, pal. You're not endangered anymore.Last December, when President Barack Obama first announced the nomination of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity criticized the choice, claiming that Salazar's environmental r ... More >>
Talk about paying at the pump.Exxon-Mobil had a bad day in court in Denver yesterday. The firm pleaded guilty to killing migratory birds in five states, including Colorado. The size of the fine and community-service payments Exxon-Mobil has agreed to pony up -- $600,000 -- is, to use an avian ... More >>
The Waunita Lek near Gunnison, mating grounds for a large group of Gunnison sage grouse, is open for public viewings, and bird watchers will have good news to share with the rare species, which puts on an unusual and exotic springtime dance. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it ... More >>
You might expect a confirmation hearing for a new Secretary of the Interior to be tough going, given the multiple scandals and vast challenges facing the agency after years of Bush administration bumbling and plundering. After all, the Department of the Interior manages a fifth of the land in t ... More >>
Local coverage of Barack Obama's selection of Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as the next Secretary of the Interior has mostly been rah-rah, sis-boom-bah. Take the Denver Post editorial "Salazar a Wise Choice for West, Nation." But as noted in a National Public Radio story, assorted environmental gro ... More >>
Will the first new American bird discovered in a hundred years be the next to go extinct?
Alert! Take your frog out of the freezer! Earlier this month, the Colorado Division of Wildlife suggested that one of the best ways to deal with frogs not native to Colorado is to euthanize them by putting them alongside your frozen peas and corndogs. “It might sound cruel, but the best thing to ... More >>
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse weighs less than an ounce and hibernates for almost seven months of the year. But it's a regular Godzilla in environmental circles, smashing developers' plans up and down the Front Range and generating no end of controversy. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic ... More >>
Biologist Rob Ramey isn't afraid of taking risks -- but taking on environmentalists may be his riskiest move.
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Douglas County's very own gopher is the latest endangered-species hopeful.
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This Colorado biologist became an endangered species at the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Michael Paglia's brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
Maybe Jasper Carlton is a radical -- or maybe he's ahead of his time.
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What the battle to save an obscure rodent says about the cost of front range growth.