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Mountain Goat

2019 Colorado Outdoors Photo Issue Video

The annual Photography Issue is a chance to celebrate our fantastic fauna, amazing landscapes, and for the sportspeople and park visitors who get outside to experience and support the abundance of Colorado.

Pronghorn

The Pronghorn Rut

When most think of the rut in Colorado, their minds picture bugling, battling, big-boy bull elk; mule deer bucks locking antlers in Greco-Romanesque scuffles; whitetail bucks laser focused on tending to their does; and the NFL-helmet-on-helmet-like crash of bighorn rams. What few picture is the equally impressive battles and behaviors that take place during the pronghorn rut.

2018 Colorado Outdoors Photo Issue Video

Each year, the Photography Issue inspires all of us at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) as an opportunity to see the wonders of our state through the eyes of our photographers.

Battle Scars

For hunters, photographers, biologists, wildlife watchers, etc., when it comes to deer in the fall, the talk always turns to the rut.

Mule deer

A Weekend in the Rut

There was a fair amount of thrashing at rubs, snorting, sniffing, stamping and performing the flehmen response.

Shrike

What to See Now: Shrikes

Since shrikes lack talons like those of raptors, they stun or kill their prey with rapid blows from their poweful, hawk-like beaks and they will kill vertebrates by biting through their necks.

What to See Now: Lark Buntings

The lark bunting epitomized the cheerful, positive, optimistic spirit of the state of Colorado and its citizens.

mockingbird

What to See Now: Mockingbirds

Mockingbirds never sing the entire song of birds they mimic. Instead, they choose a short sequence of phrases from each bird’s song.

western meadowlark

What to See Now: Western Meadowlarks

Whether the song of the western meadowlark is cheerful or soulful is up to the listener, but the melody signals spring in Colorado’s grasslands.

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