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The fall blooming crocus was spectacular and robust this past fall. Most Colchicum are deer, rabbit and vole resistant. Colchicum, often called by the common name autumn crocus, is a member of the Lily family, while true Crocuses belong to the Iris family.
Late summer found the Aster Family of Asteraceae bursting with color. Aster seeds are an important source of food for the birds!
Spring time means cluster after cluster of spring blooming bulbs! And the Trillium makes its appearance in early spring when the ground is still chilly — along with the Giant Snowdrops who pop up their pretty heads in the late spring snow.
First flowers to open in the Botanic Park. Crocus!
The Botanic Park’s resident Osprey couple returned to their nest within days of one another in late March/early May. Here (possibly the male) is photographed by Harold Kamins carrying a fish to the nest.
A hummingbird moth buzzes through Doris’ Arbor Garden!
And don’t miss a guided walk led by Ted Floyd (editor of Birding Magazine) through the Botanic Park on September 2. Expect to find butterflies, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths like this one! For more information go to: https://coloradocranes.org/guided-bird-walks/
We’ve spied three young ospreys in the nest! The youngsters can be seen sitting on the rim of the nest and appear to be eyeballing the world around them and stretching their wings in preparation to learn to fly. According to Bob Enever, co-founder of YRBP and who erected the nesting platform in 2013, young ospreys begin to fly at about eight weeks.
The Annuals Garden has been planted with the help of staff, the YRBP Board and our dedicated volunteers!
The trail around Peter’s Pond is being renovated and a new bridge is being constructed for the stream crossing. The new bridge addresses safety issues, but will also become a focal piece in the Park – we think a new location for many group photos. Stay tuned!
Update: The osprey family have migrated south. We look forward to the parents’ return sometime in early spring. Look for the Botanic Park’s annual “When will the Osprey Return?” contest to guess the day the osprey return to the nest and be entered to win a complementary annual membership to the Botanic Park!
This the sixth year that “Our” Ospreys have occupied the platform nest on the Yampa River at the Yampa River Botanic Park, so they are now experienced parents. They returned early, on March 28, he first and she one day later, after 9 months apart fishing the waters of South America.
Did you know tree swallows can eat their body weight in mosquitoes everyday? The Park has 10 nesting boxes sized just for swallows using U.S. Fish and Wildlife design guidelines. According to Park Founder Bob Enever in his book: “Birds of Steamboat Springs & Northwest Colorado,” swallows migrate in large flocks and breed abundantly in Routt County. They nest in existing tree cavities at up to 10,000 feet but they adapt well to nesting boxes like the ones at the Park.
Come out and watch the swallows swooping around the Park as they busily feed and fledge their young. Stop by the Trillium House and pick up one of Bob’s books for a suggested donation of $30 which goes directly back into the running of the Park!