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Morning photo: High Rockies

The alpine zone

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How will furry denizens of the high alpine zone in the Rocky Mountains fare as the climate warms? Find out by following the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger project.

FRISCO — Had a chance to visit Mt. Evans with my family over the weekend! We got a good look at some classic Colorado wildlife, enjoyed the tundra in full bloom and just narrowly escaped a wicked hailstorm, although we did see the aftermath, with quarter-size hail whitening the ground. It was also fun to see the normally white trunks of the bristlecone pines stained reddish-brown by a heavy rain. And, finally, we’re happy to report that the wild mushrooms are starting to pop. Also happy to report that our Climate Ranger project has reached it’s initial funding goal: http://www.beaconreader.com/projects/rocky-mountain-climate-rangers

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Colorado's bighorn sheep look a bit ragged this time of year!

Colorado’s bighorn sheep look a bit ragged this time of year!

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Here we are, at the heart of the southern Rockies, ready and primed for our Climate Ranger project. Click on the map for more info.

Colorado wild mushrooms

Fantastic large golden mushrooms growing on a beetle-killed lodgepole pine stump in Keystone, Colorado.

Anyone recognize this well-known alpine lake, right alongside a state highway? A clue - it's a Denver Mountain Park area.

Anyone recognize this well-known alpine lake, right alongside a state highway? A clue – it’s a Denver Mountain Park area.

 

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