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Activities planned, sightings hoped for at free, annual GoG Bighorn Day Feb. 11

Bighorn sheep congregate near one of their signs by a roadway in the Garden of the Gods. It's the kind of readily observable sighting that planners of the annual Bighorn Sheep Day (Feb. 11 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center) can only hope for.
Travers Jordan photo for the Westside Pioneer
       The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will host its 12th annual Bighorn Sheep Day Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is at 1805 N. 30th St.
       Admission and all activites are free.
       Included will be crafts, games, hourly guided walks, four scheduled presentations and telescopic chances to view bighorns from the center as well as the Mesa Road overlook.
       Coordinated by City Parks and the Nature Center with other outdoor-related entities and nonprofits, the annual event honors the roughly 70 Rampart Herd bighorns, who live in the open areas north of the Garden and often come down to the park or the neighboring Glen Eyrie property. The bighorn is also the official state animal of Colorado.
       Here is a list of the presentations, which will be in the Visitor Center Theater:
       · 10:30 a.m., “Youth Wildlife Game.”
       · 11:45 a.m., “Wildlife & Disasters.”
       · 1 p.m., “Zooper Heroes” - small animals brought in by staff from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
       · 2:15 p.m., “Bighorn Biology,” followed by a radio-collar scavenger hunt.
       Overflow parking will be available in the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot on the other side of 30th Street.
       For more information, call 634-6666 x0 or go to gardenofgods.com.

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(Posted 1/30/17; Outdoors: (Garden of the Gods)

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