HB 15-1144 – Plastic Microbead Legislation – Did Colorado add Greenwashing to the list of legislative priorities?

HB 15-1144 – Plastic Microbead Legislation – Did Colorado add Greenwashing to the list of legislative priorities?.

I thought this bill went through too easily. Now I know why it glided through.

We need an effective law to prevent mass balloon releases in Colorado.   Does anyone know if there are folks who are working on this kind of ban?

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Thinking, questioning, wondering. A Friday Trash Walk.

Let’s not release balloons into the atmosphere.

Trash Walking

I tried to write a post yesterday and just couldn’t seem to get going.  I sat in this very same chair for quite some time, writing an opening line or two, scrapping them, posting a picture, scrapping that.  Sometimes that happens.
So, I hit the streets in my neighbourhood for about 30 minutes, and trash walked.  And I thought while I walked.  I thought about how, on my personal Facebook page, I get more comments and action on a “fun” picture, than I do a post about something important like climate change, or social justice.  I wondered why a beautiful post that I shared called Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye was barely noticed.  Why is that?  Are people burned out or apathetic? Am I using Facebook too seriously.  Should it just be for fun?  No, I don’t think so.

I thought about Activist Abby.  Abby is a teenager…

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How I want to change the world in 500 words.

Reducing Plastic footprints

CutThePlastic

As a non traditional student, I found myself returning to school after a decade being a health insurance agent.  My passion for our planet re-awoke while attending classes to complete my associates degree.  At first I learned about the Pacific Gyre, an oceanic current that is loaded with plastic that not only accumulates within the middle of it’s spiral current; but also transports this debris onto land masses where it accumulates and increases the levels of negative impact.  The primary two concerns are direct consumption of the plastic by animals, and the environmental toxicity that forms due to chemical leaching into the water.   Currently humanity is dumping over 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean annually.  Scientific studies and photographic evidence is proving that life from mites and ticks to whales and birds are consuming; and dying; from directly consuming this material.  Additionally, science is proving that these plastics…

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How I want to change the world in 500 words.

How I want to change the world in 500 words..

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Spring 2014 and News items about Jeffco Open Space

Hi, Friends of Crown Hill and Jeffco Open Space,     It has been very quiet lately on our Friendly websites.   Some of the things that we have worked hard to create are beginning to gain attention.  I’m hoping that we will continue to work to preserve the Jefferson County Open Space habitats and their wildlife. 

   The Open Space Master Plan has been adopted at the March 18, 2014, hearing, according to The Hub (March 27, YourHub.com) .   It also states that the documents will be available on the county website sometime in mid- to late April.  (Go to jeffco.us/parks/openspace.    Thank you to those who worked so hard on this.

     Is anyone following the Jeffco Open Space planning and involvement in creating a shooting range, presumably on Open Space?  There will be a public meeting on Wed., April 9, at 11 am (According to YourHub  of 3.20.2014.  The Jeffco Board of Commissioners has charged JCOS with exploring this shooting range option. Was a shooting range in the Master Plan?

   I’m going to send an additional email with attachments regarding the Hub info on the shooting range proposal. Also, information on the candidate for County Board who will run against Don Rozier (who seems to favor the shooting range).  The candidate is John Ferlage and he appears to be a good candidate.  More later.  See www.JohnFlerage.com  .

    Also, I’m hoping we can support the “Jeffco 5”  initiative, which would increase the number of Commissioners from 3 to 5 and make each commissioner a little less powerful and so more willing to listen the citizens of Jefferson County, rather than running the County as if they personally owned it. More later.  See www.jeffco5.com ; to volunteer for the Petition Drive now in progress, contact Bernie at mttop@aol.com  .  

   Do you believe that these ideas should be posted on our websites?  I hope so. I’ll try putting some things on my website:

                 https://oldowlhoots.wordpress.com/  ( It’s been a dormant for a while now, but Spring is here –  Time for new Awakenings!) 

 

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Species List

If you’d like a Word copy of CHP species list, pleae contact me here or contact who compiled this list is from Jefferson County Open Space

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JCOS Species List

 

Received from Jefferson County OS 

Crown Hill Park

Wildlife and Vegetation

 

Note, this list is not all encompassing.

 vian- documented by volunteer and staff in the Wildlife Preserve, 2000-2012

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

American Coot

Fulica americana

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis

American Kestrel

Falco sparuerius

American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

American Widgeon

Anas americana

Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon

Black-Billed Magpie

Pica pica

Black-Capped Chickadee

Parus atricapillus

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-Headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors

Brewer’s Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Selasphourus platycercus

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

Bullock’s Oriole

Icterus bullockii

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Cassin’s Finch

Carpodacus cassinii

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Cinnamon Teal

Anas cyanoptera

Clay-Colored Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Cliff Swallow

Hirundo pyrrhonota

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Common Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Dark-Eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Double-Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Gadwall

Anas strepera

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Great-Blue Heron

Ardea herodia

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Great-Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Green-Winged Teal

Anas formosa

Gull (Larius spp.)

Larius spp.

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

Lark Sparrow

Chondestes grammacus

Lesser Goldfinch

Carduelis psaltria

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Merlin

Falco columbarius

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Mountain Chickadee

Parus gambeli

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Northern Flicker (Common)

Colaptes auratus

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Northern Oriole

Icterus galbula

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Redhead

Aythya americana

Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Red-Winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Ring-Billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Rough-Winged Swallow (Northern)

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Say’s Phoebe

Sayornis saya

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

Short-Billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Sora

Porzana carolina

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularia

Spotted Towhee (Rufous-sided)

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Swainson’s Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

Swallow

Hirundinidae (Family)

Townsend’s Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes grammineus

Violet-Green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus

Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Western Meadow Lark

Sturnella neglecta

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

Western-Wood Pewee

Cantopus sordidulus

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

White-Crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi

Wilson’s Phalorope

Steganopus tricolor

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilsonia pusilla

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Yellow Warbler

Dendroica petechia

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Dendroica coronata

 

Reptiles

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina

Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Thamnophis elegans

 

Amphibians

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Bullfrog- invasive species

Rana catesbeiana

Chorus Frog

Pseudacris triseriata

 

Mammals

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Coyote

Canis latrans

Mule deer (occasional white tail)

Odocoileus sp.

Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus

Deer mouse

Peromyscus maniculatus

Prairie vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus

Pocket gopher

Geomys bursarius

Cottontail

Sylvilagus sp.

Fox squirrel

Sciurus niger

 

 

Vegetation- from areas near proposed development

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Cheatgrass

Bromus tectorum

Goatgrass

Aegilops cylindrical

Green needlegrass- native

Hesperostipa viridula

Intermediate wheatgrass

Thinopyrum intermedia

Quackgrass

Agropyron repens

Smooth brome

Bromopsis inermis

Wild oats

Avena fatua ssp. Sativa

Timothy

Phleum pratense

Fescue

Festuca sp.

Foxtail barley- native

Hordeum jumatum

Kentucky Bluegrass

Poa pratensis

Spikerush- native

Eleocharis sp.

Alfalfa

Medicago sativa

Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

Canada thistle

Cirsium arvense

Copper mallow- native

Sphaeralcea coccinea

Jim Hill mustard

Sisymbrium altissimum

False flax

Camelina microcarpa

Hairy vetch

Vicia villosa

Kochia

Kochia scoparia

Mallow

Malva neglecta

Musk thistle

Carduus nutans

Pennycress

Thlaspi arvense

Prickly lettuce

Lactuca serriola

Ragweed

Ambrosia sp.

Red clover

Trifolium pratense

Salsify

Tragopogon dubius

White sweetclover

Melilotus alba

Whitetop

Cardaria chalepensis

Yellow sweetclover

(Melilotus officinalis

Dalmatian toadflax

Linaria dalmatica

Horseweed

Conyza canadensis

Tansy mustard

Descurainia sp.

Alyssum

Alyssum minus

Black medic

Medicago lupulina

Narrow-leaf plantain

Plantago lanceolata

White heath aster- native

Aster ericoides

Rabbitbrush- native

Ericameria nauseosus ssp. Graveolens

Russian olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Sandbar willow- native

Salix exigua

Siberian elm

Ulmus pumila

Rocky Mountain juniper-native

Juniperus scopulorum

 

Crown Hill Park

Wildlife and Vegetation

 

Note, this list is not all encompassing.

 

Avian- documented by volunteer and staff in the Wildlife Preserve, 2000-2012

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

American Coot

Fulica americana

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis

American Kestrel

Falco sparuerius

American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

American Widgeon

Anas americana

Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon

Black-Billed Magpie

Pica pica

Black-Capped Chickadee

Parus atricapillus

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Black-Headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors

Brewer’s Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Selasphourus platycercus

Brown-Headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

Bullock’s Oriole

Icterus bullockii

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Cassin’s Finch

Carpodacus cassinii

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Cinnamon Teal

Anas cyanoptera

Clay-Colored Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Cliff Swallow

Hirundo pyrrhonota

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

Common Raven

Corvus corax

Common Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Dark-Eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Double-Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Gadwall

Anas strepera

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Great-Blue Heron

Ardea herodia

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Great-Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Green-Winged Teal

Anas formosa

Gull (Larius spp.)

Larius spp.

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

Lark Sparrow

Chondestes grammacus

Lesser Goldfinch

Carduelis psaltria

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Merlin

Falco columbarius

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Mountain Chickadee

Parus gambeli

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Northern Flicker (Common)

Colaptes auratus

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Northern Oriole

Icterus galbula

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Northern Shoveler

Anas clypeata

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Redhead

Aythya americana

Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Red-Winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Ring-Billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Rock Dove

Columba livia

Rough-Winged Swallow (Northern)

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Say’s Phoebe

Sayornis saya

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

Short-Billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Sora

Porzana carolina

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularia

Spotted Towhee (Rufous-sided)

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Swainson’s Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

Swallow

Hirundinidae (Family)

Townsend’s Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes grammineus

Violet-Green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus

Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Western Meadow Lark

Sturnella neglecta

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

Western-Wood Pewee

Cantopus sordidulus

White-Breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

White-Crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi

Wilson’s Phalorope

Steganopus tricolor

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilsonia pusilla

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Yellow Warbler

Dendroica petechia

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Dendroica coronata

 

Reptiles

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina

Painted Turtle

Chrysemys picta

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Thamnophis elegans

 

Amphibians

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Bullfrog- invasive species

Rana catesbeiana

Chorus Frog

Pseudacris triseriata

 

Mammals

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Coyote

Canis latrans

Mule deer (occasional white tail)

Odocoileus sp.

Muskrat

Ondatra zibethicus

Deer mouse

Peromyscus maniculatus

Prairie vole

Microtus pennsylvanicus

Pocket gopher

Geomys bursarius

Cottontail

Sylvilagus sp.

Fox squirrel

Sciurus niger

 

 

Vegetation- from areas near proposed development

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Cheatgrass

Bromus tectorum

Goatgrass

Aegilops cylindrical

Green needlegrass- native

Hesperostipa viridula

Intermediate wheatgrass

Thinopyrum intermedia

Quackgrass

Agropyron repens

Smooth brome

Bromopsis inermis

Wild oats

Avena fatua ssp. Sativa

Timothy

Phleum pratense

Fescue

Festuca sp.

Foxtail barley- native

Hordeum jumatum

Kentucky Bluegrass

Poa pratensis

Spikerush- native

Eleocharis sp.

Alfalfa

Medicago sativa

Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

Canada thistle

Cirsium arvense

Copper mallow- native

Sphaeralcea coccinea

Jim Hill mustard

Sisymbrium altissimum

False flax

Camelina microcarpa

Hairy vetch

Vicia villosa

Kochia

Kochia scoparia

Mallow

Malva neglecta

Musk thistle

Carduus nutans

Pennycress

Thlaspi arvense

Prickly lettuce

Lactuca serriola

Ragweed

Ambrosia sp.

Red clover

Trifolium pratense

Salsify

Tragopogon dubius

White sweetclover

Melilotus alba

Whitetop

Cardaria chalepensis

Yellow sweetclover

(Melilotus officinalis

Dalmatian toadflax

Linaria dalmatica

Horseweed

Conyza canadensis

Tansy mustard

Descurainia sp.

Alyssum

Alyssum minus

Black medic

Medicago lupulina

Narrow-leaf plantain

Plantago lanceolata

White heath aster- native

Aster ericoides

Rabbitbrush- native

Ericameria nauseosus ssp. Graveolens

Russian olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Sandbar willow- native

Salix exigua

Siberian elm

Ulmus pumila

Rocky Mountain juniper-native

Juniperus scopulorum

 

 

 

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