Garden celebrates Bighorn Day Feb. 11

       The seventh annual Bighorn Sheep Day will be at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Feb. 11.
       Organized by the center with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 1805 N. 30th St.
       There is no charge.
       Activities will include guided walks, presentations in the center's theater, information tables, children's activities and Segway demonstrations in front of the building. Telescopes to scan for bighorns and other wild animals will be provided on the center's upstairs terrace and a vista point on Mesa Road. A free shuttle will be provided to that point from the center.
       Overflow parking will be at the nearby Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
       The area in and near the Garden of the Gods is home to the Rampart Herd of bighorn sheep. Park interpreter Bret Tennis hopes the herd will be on view for the day that's named for them. “There is no guarantee that we will even see bighorn sheep, but we have for every event so far [in the first six years],” he said.
       Scheduled activities in the theater will be as follows:
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. - children's wildlife game.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - animal story-telling with John Stansfield.
  • 1-2 p.m. - wild animals on display, brought in by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
  • 2 p.m. - discussion on bighorn biology, followed by a scavenger hunt in the park using telemetry to track a radio collar (the kind DOW places on bighorns).
           Guided nature walks will be at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
           Information tables will include ones manned by DOW, the Bighorn Sheep Society, Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG), National Forest Service and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
           For more information, call 219-0108.

    Westside Pioneer/press release