Bighorn Sheep: Annual Mating Season Makes for Great Wildlife Viewing Opportunity!

I know I’ve personally caught myself staring off into the rocky cliffs hoping to spot Bighorn Sheep. This large mammal is not only a rare and special sight to see, it’s also our state animal! It’s normally uncommon to see this species most of the year, as they spend their days in extreme rocky alpine environments where we are unlikely to have access. Lucky for those of us wishing to see the Bighorn in person they have specific courtship and mating locations that they return to annually. Some ideal viewing locations for Bighorn Sheep can be found in our Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochure found through this link: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Viewing/Watching-Bighorn-Sheep-Goat-Brochure.pdf
There is increased viewing of the Bighorn from late November through January. Remember to always view wildlife from a safe distance. Read some quick wildlife viewing tips here: https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Viewing/WildlifeViewingTips.pdf to make sure you respect wildlife and stay safe.

Below you can also find a list of exciting events celebrating wildlife in our state parks that offer an awesome opportunity to get out there and use iNaturalist! You can find more events and festivals on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife homepage under “Things To Do”.

Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival - Saturday, November 9th: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Celebrate Colorado's 'state mammal'—the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The Town of Georgetown and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offer opportunities to watch and learn about one of Colorado’s oldest bighorn sheep herds. Plus, speakers and short wildlife educational programs for the whole family! Artisans and shop owners in Georgetown will showcase their wildlife related art, gifts, crafts, and other goods. Visit the Festival's website for more information. https://georgetownbighornsheepfestival.wordpress.com/

Bird Walk - Saturday, November 30th: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Join Volunteer Naturalist and bird expert Joey Kellner for this monthly hike where you can explore the park and search for feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome, but please no pets. Dress for the weather and bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellant. Don’t forget your camera!
Audience: All Ages
Location: Chatfield State Park, 11500 N. Roxborough Park Road, Littleton, CO 80125
***Meet at the Platte River Parking Lot***
Please contact Kallie Trujillo at kallie.trujillo@state.co.us for any questions.

Posted by coparksandwildlife coparksandwildlife, November 01, 2019 15:53

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