Colorado Nature Field Guide for Wildlife

The following is a short list of Colorado’s wildlife that we have learned about. We do not have a picture of a black bear but do have pictures of elk, gray jays, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Continue reading “Colorado Nature Field Guide for Wildlife”

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Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Colorado

The Gray Jay, of the crow and jay family, is a year-round resident of the subalpine zone of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and, specifically, in coniferous forests at elevations ranging from 8,500 to 11,300 feet. Its feathers are white and gray with no crest on its head. Continue reading “Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Colorado”

True Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)

True Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus) is a perennial shrub found on dry and sunny foothills at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 8,500 feet. Specifically, it is most prevalent on moderately steep slopes facing south and/or east because the aforementioned slopes are hotter and drier than slopes facing north and/or west. Continue reading “True Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)”

Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)

Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha) is a succulent, perennial shrub found in sunny prairie grasslands and on dry hillsides at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 7,500 feet. Prickly pear cacti are easy to identify because there are limited numbers of cacti of its size in Colorado. Continue reading “Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)”

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) lives at 4,500 to 10,000 feet in dry, sunny environments and, specifically, in clay soils of the plains and foothills geographic zones. It can grow to be five to seven feet tall. Flowers are yellow and clustered in groups of four to six. Continue reading “Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)”