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SEE WHAT CO-OP STUDENTS ARE DOING THIS SUMMER! Youth Leadership Camp 2018
This June, Colorado will send 34 hand-picked delegates on the National Rural Electric Washington D.C. Youth Tour where over 1,800 students from around the country will learn about the political process, tour the nation’s capital up close and interact with their legislators. In July, 100 co-op kids will come together at a camp near Steamboat Springs to develop leadership skills, learn about the development and operation of a cooperative and have tons of fun meeting new people — all while experiencing Colorado’s great outdoors. Keep track of these adventures on our social media channels and watch for recaps from campers and delegates in future issues of Colorado Country Life magazine.
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HOPE BLOOMS IN D.C.
Colorado co-op representatives take electric co-op message to Congress BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG
It’s hard to imagine a better time to be in Washington, D.C., than during cherry blossom season. This year, the annual legislative conference hosted by our national trade group, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, brought Colorado electric co-op representatives to D.C. in time for the annual pink and white spectacle. The Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin near Kent Singer the Jefferson Memorial and on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol were in full bloom and provided a spark of hope in the midst of the contentious political atmosphere that dominates the city.
While we were in Washington, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), announced that he would not be seeking reelection to his congressional seat this fall, therefore giving up the speakership. This is one more indication that our country’s two major political parties are further apart than ever and, even within the major parties, there are factions that make legislative compromises hard to reach. But, despite the divisive political atmosphere, there are issues that receive bipartisan support. One area of agreement for a majority of those elected to Congress, including the entire Colorado delegation, is the value of the electric cooperative program and the need to support that program in various legislative proposals. When we visited Washington, we discussed a number of these issues as we met with Colorado’s senators and representatives. Our first request involved funding for the electric co-op loan program. The recent budget agreement provides adequate funding for electric co-ops and our “ask” during the legislative rally was for Congress to continue that funding through 2019. Building and maintaining the facilities needed to provide power in rural America is expensive. Since co-ops don’t have access to a tax base and can’t sell bonds like other utilities, it helps to have access to loans from the government. And electric co-op loans are beneficial to the government, since the co-ops repay these 4
loans with interest. This is one program that adds to the government coffers. We also asked our congressional delegation to support several ongoing co-op programs as a part of a comprehensive farm bill being negotiated. The Rural Energy for America Program, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program and the Rural Energy Savings Program are all programs that enable co-ops to assist their members and rural communities. We asked our delegation to support these programs. A second issue that we brought up with our delegation involved funding for rural broadband to assist those co-ops that want to provide broadband in their communities. We were successful in the state legislature this year in making funds available for rural broadband. Additional federal support of rural broadband could help some of these projects. Finally, we asked our delegation to oppose any plans to sell the transmission assets of the power marketing administrations, or PMAs, that currently sell their electricity to co-ops and other public power utilities. Co-ops and other “preference power” customers paid the costs of operating the federal dams and power generating stations for decades and should continue to receive the benefits of those resources. We asked that the PMAs continue to sell their power to existing customers at cost-based rates, which will help maintain stable rates for all of Colorado’s co-op members. It was good to find issues that can be solved as we all work together, no matter what our political leanings are. When I’m in Washington, I like to take a morning run around the Capitol building, past the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, down the National Mall past the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial and on down to the Lincoln Memorial. I always make it a point to run up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and read the Gettysburg Address on the south wall of the memorial and Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address on the north wall. In the Second Inaugural Address, President Lincoln could see that the Civil War was finally coming to an end, and he knew there would be a postwar need for reconciliation between the north and the south. While our challenges today pale in comparison to the challenges of 1865, Lincoln’s suggestion that we act “with malice toward none and with charity for all” remains good advice for contemporary politicians. We can find ways to come together, even if it is only to agree that the cherry blossoms are spectacular.
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I read with interest your item on selecting backup generators (February ’18). As an engineer who spent many years on the generation side of the electric utility industry, I wanted to offer a comment. The article states correctly that a wholehouse generator connected to a breaker panel needs to have a transfer switch for the safety of utility workers. I would like to add that when any generator, including a portable unit, is connected to a breaker panel, the panel must have a means of disconnecting the panel from normal utility service before the generator output can be connected to the panel. This safety feature must be installed even if the generator is connected to the panel by back feeding the panel with one or more extension cords from the generator’s receptacles. I cannot overemphasize how important it is to have this feature installed in any panel that is to be connected to a home generator. Breaker-panel manufacturers offer manual-interlock kits that can be retrofitted to existing panels. These are used in lieu of the automatic-transfer switch that would be used with a whole-house generator. I recommend that manual-interlock kits be installed by a licensed electrician or other qualified individual. Vic Lucariello, P.E., via email
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May 12 Durango Durango Farmers Market First National Bank Parking Lot 8 am-12 pm durangofarmersmarket.com May 12-June 17 Loveland Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Loveland Museum/Gallery 970-670-0335 governorsartshow.org May 12 Loveland Plant Sale and Artisan Market All Saint’s Episcopal Church 9 am-2 pm • 970-412-5886 May 18 Colorado Springs Greenhouse Production Workshop 17 N. Spruce Street Preregister Before May 16 10 am-4 pm • 719-520-7676 May 18-20 Woodland Park Pike’s Predicament Adventure Race Red Rocks Group Campground 361adventures.com/pikes May 19 Castle Rock Tomatoes 101 Class CALF’s Lowell Ranch 9-10:45 am • thecalf.org May 19-20 Colorado Springs Woodcarving Show 6 S. 33rd Street firstname.lastname@example.org May 19-June 19 La Veta Ricky Tims and Justin Shults Photography Exhibit La Veta Gallery on Main lavetagalleryonmain.com
“Ride the Cog” Museum Fundraiser
May 19, 9 am-3 pm Start at Wild Goose Coffee; finish line at Hayden Heritage Center Museum, Hayden
“Ride the Cog” features three bike courses: a 30-mile gravel grinder scenic tour with a climb up the West Cog; a 26-mile mud ride with a ride up the Middle Cog then through the backcountry; and an easy family ride with activities. The museum will host an after party with lunch and live music. Sign up early for a $10 discount. For more information, call 970-276-4380 or visit haydenheritagecenter.org.
May 28 Howard Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast Howard Fire Station 7:30-10:30 am • 719-942-4213 May 28 Monument Memorial Day Ceremony Monument Cemetery 10 am • townofmonument.org May 30-June 2 Fort Collins Opera Festival Various Fort Collins Locations 970-482-0220 • operafortcollins.org
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May 23 Colorado Springs Picnic-N-Planes Western Museum of Mining & Industry 10 am-1:30 pm • 719-488-0880
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May 25-27 Creede “Barefoot in the Park” Theater Performance Creede Repertory Theatre 719-658-2540 • creederep.org
June 2 Aguilar Opening Day and Mountain Mafia Authors’ Presentation Apishapa Valley Heritage Center 719-680-1393 June 2 Meeker Meekerpalooza Downtown Meeker meekerpalooza.com June 9 Walsh Walsh Art Festival Gem Theater 9 am-3 pm 719-529-9933 • 719-523-6911
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PLAN TO ATTEND K.C. ELECTRIC’S 72ND ANNUAL MEETING BY DAVID CHURCHWELL || GENERAL MANAGER || DCHURCHWELL@KCELECTRIC.COOP
Notice of Annual Meeting of Members of K.C. Electric Association June 7, 2018 In accordance with the order of the Board of Directors, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the regular 2018 Annual Meeting of the members of K.C. ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION will be held in Stratton, Colorado, at Stratton High School on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Registration will commence at 6 p.m. and the meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m. Mountain DaylightSaving Time, for the following purposes: 1. The presentation of reports covering the previous fiscal year. 2. The election of directors. 3. All other business which may properly come before a regular Annual Meeting of the members of K.C. Electric Association.
Once again, it’s annual meeting time. On behalf of K.C. Electric Association, I want to personally invite you to join us on Thursday, June 7 at Stratton High School for our 72nd annual meeting. Registration will start at 6 p.m. and the business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. I look forward to gathering with you, the members of our cooperative community, to catch up, hear what you have to say and enjoy some good food and fellowship. This event is not only a chance to visit with members of our cooperative community, it’s also a great opportunity to hear about programs offered by K.C. Electric and get to know your cooperative staff. Our annual meeting makes it possible for us to gather feedback from you by providing a forum where you can let us know how we can better serve you. This is an occasion to discuss and learn more about the issues affecting our local communities. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn about the happenings and successes at your electric cooperative and exercise one of the greatest benefits of being a member of an electric cooperative: voting for the upcoming year’s board of directors. K.C.’s annual meeting is designed to inform you about the financial and operational status of your cooperative, along with the equally important business of building a real sense of community. K.C. Electric is not owned by faraway investors and it is not run by an appointed board of directors. It is run by a democratically elected board of directors — a board that has the privilege of serving because of your vote. Our directors are members of your community. They are concerned with the issues
you face every day because they face them, too. And don’t forget that members of K.C. Electric are eligible to run for the board, including you. A democratic and open election is one of the many elements that make our electric cooperative stand out from other utilities. Having a voice in who makes the major decisions David Churchwell that directly affect your life and your family is a right we all share as Americans. We all vote for our state and federal congressional representatives, but not every American has the right to vote for those who will represent community interests within their electric utility. You have that right, so why not exercise it? If you have not been able to attend K.C.’s annual meeting in the past, I suggest you take the time to attend, learn more about your electric cooperative and catch up with your friends and neighbors. This is a great opportunity for you to grab your kids or your grandkids and show them the value of being a member-owner of an electric cooperative. Membership is ownership. Rest assured, no matter what happens, we remain dedicated to providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electric service, but we encourage you to take part in helping us improve how we deliver that service. So, make it a point to join us on June 7 at our 72nd Annual Meeting. We promise we will make it worth your while.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR K.C. ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION
K.C. Electric is pleased to announce eight scholarship winners for 2018 from its service territory. K.C. Electric awards two $1,000 scholarships and three $750 scholarships and is the administrator for other scholarships awarded by related electric utility organizations. The following scholarships were awarded:
Basin Electric Power ($1,000)
Burlington High School
K.C. Electric Association ($1,000)
Cheyenne Wells High School
Cheyenne Wells High School
K.C. Electric Association ($750)
Hi Plains High School
Burlington High School
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association ($500)
Hugo High School
K.C. Electric employee finalist. This individual has been submitted to compete at Basin Electric Power for a $1,000 scholarship.
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Cheyenne Wells High School
Flagler High School
Zachary Churchwell Limon High School
Winners of the Basin Electric Power employee scholarship will be announced later.
STAYING SAFE AFTER A STORM
Lightning, high winds, heavy rains and tornadoes are all signs of a severe storm that can cause damage. We assume it is safe to go on with our lives after a storm, but there still can be danger. Destruction left behind from severe storms can mean downed power lines, flooding and other electrical safety hazards. Damaged power lines can still be live and energized. Stay away from all damaged power lines, downed lines and any object that may be in contact with them. Instruct others to do the same. Call 911 to inform your local utility of damaged lines. Immediately following a storm, follow these safety tips to keep you and your family safe: • Listen to your weather radio, tune in to a local radio station or check the weather app on your phone for up-to-date information and instructions. • Never enter a flooded basement if electrical outlets, cords or appliances are under water. The water could be energized by electricity. • Do not turn off power if you have to stand in water to do so. Call your utility and have them turn off your electricity at the meter. • Before entering storm-damaged buildings, make sure the gas and electricity are turned off.
• If you are driving and come across a downed power line, stay away and warn other drivers to stay away as well. Contact emergency personnel or your local utility to address the downed line. If you come in contact with a downed power line while driving, stay in your vehicle and wait for a utility to make sure the line is de-energized before exiting the vehicle.
• If you detect the smell of gas or suspect a leak, leave the house immediately. Call 911 and your utility to alert them of the issue. Do not light an open flame or flip any switches in the house.
When cleaning up storm damage outdoors, do not use electrical tools if the ground is wet. Also, do not use electrical equipment damaged by water. Have your water-damaged items inspected and approved by a professional before using them.
• If at all possible, stay at home and off the roadways to allow emergency personnel and utility crews to tend to the injured people and damaged areas.
For more information on how to stay safe after a storm, visit SafeElectricty.org.
• Never drive through a flooded roadway. There is no way of knowing how deep the water is. A good rule to follow is, “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month When streaming online content, use the smallest device that makes sense for the number of people watching. Avoid streaming on game consoles, which use 10 times more power than streaming through a tablet or laptop. Source: energy.gov
CLAIM YOUR SAVINGS Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you must do is find your account number and call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed below. How simple is that? You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). Ron Rehfeld —1100680000, Arapahoe Dana Knudsen — 458800017, Cheyenne Wells Amber Eby —627210003, Hugo Mike Crowe —523800018, Flagler In March, all four consumers called to claim their savings: Dennis Renner, Cheyenne Wells; Craig Crisp, Flagler; Sam Calhoon, Vona; Evelyn L. Williams, Bethune.
Capital Credits We Need Your Help One of the many things that sets K.C. Electric apart from an investor-owned utility is the fact that members are owners and therefore are entitled to a capital credit refund if financial conditions are favorable. K.C. Electric is currently trying to locate members who have unclaimed capital credits. In many cases, refunds were returned because of insufficient or incorrect addresses. Please look through the following list of members with unclaimed capital credits. If there is anyone on this list you can help us locate, please contact Kristie Constance at the Hugo office during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 719-743-2431 or 800-700-3123.
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Outdoor Safety Is Not Child’s Play Warmer weather is coming; on some days it’s already here. And those sunny days beckon the kids to go out and play. That makes it a good time to remind them of electrical hazards they may find as they roam yards and open spaces. Take time to point out electrical equipment such as overhead power lines and the service lines bringing electricity to your house. These are not insulated and should never be touched. Kids should stay off of trees that could possibly touch any of these lines. And, they should fly their kites far away from power lines and drop the kite string immediately if the kite gets caught on a power line. If power lines are underground and a big green metal box sits either curbside or along a back fence in the neighborhood, let the kids know that these are not places to jump and play. They contain electrical equipment. Teach them to never touch anything inside of a box if it happens to be open. For more summer safety tips, visit your local co-op’s website or safeelectricity.org.
Science took another step toward removing carbon emissions from the atmosphere and utilizing them in positive ways when the final five teams in the Carbon XPRIZE competition were named during the April Future of Energy Summit in New York City. Researchers will soon begin installing these five projects at the Integrated Test Center in Wyoming. The teams will use flue gas from Basin Electric’s 422-megawatt Dry Fork Station to test the capture, utilization and sequestration of carbon. The contest is scheduled to end in 2020 with a winning technology being named. “The Integrated Test Center is a shining example of how America’s electric cooperatives are pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said Jim Spiers of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. NRECA, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Basin Electric, the state of Wyoming and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE have all partnered in sponsoring this competition.
How Americans Use Electricity Electricity is an essential part of modern life. Last year, the use of electricity in the U.S. was 13 times greater than electricity use in 1950. The latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows the combined use of clothes washers and dryers, computers, dishwashers, small appliances and other electrical equipment accounts for 40 percent of electricity consumption in American homes.
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Co-ops Keep the Heat on Congress Co-op funds in the Farm Bill, protecting the power marketing administrations that supply low-cost electricity to electric co-ops and others, and investing in rural broadband were all part of the focus of the 2018 NRECA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. About 75 representatives of Colorado’s electric cooperatives gathered with close to 2,000 other co-op representatives at the April 8-11 conference hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the co-ops’ national trade association. Led by the Colorado Rural Electric Association staff, the Colorado co-op directors, managers and employees brought their concerns to the attention of Colorado’s congressional delegation. There were meetings with Sens. Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), and with Reps. Jared Polis (D), Scott Tipton (R), Mike Coffman (R) and Ed Perlmutter (D). Staff members from the offices of Reps. Diana DeGette (D), Ken Buck (R) and Doug Lamborn (D) also met with co-op representatives. The co-ops appreciate that everyone in Colorado’s delegation supports the $5.5 billion in the federal farm bill for the Rural Utilities Services electric co-op loan program. Colorado’s senators and representatives are also supportive of the other loan and grant programs in the bill that will assist co-ops as economic development organizations in their rural communities. The co-op group did ask the senators and representatives to turn back the administration’s budget proposal to sell the transmission assets of the power marketing administrations, which the co-ops and other utilities paid for over the years and which provide costbased rates that help keep public power rates stable. The group also asked the delegation to support a permanent loan-grant program through RUS that will help overcome the high-cost barriers of bringing high-speed internet services to rural America. Other issues that were part of the meetings included Federal Emergency Management Agency reform that will maintain the commitment to disaster recovery while streamlining the process of accessing FEMA funds; modernization of the Public Utilities
Sen. Michael Bennet (D) talks to Colorado cooperative members in D.C.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R) takes time to discuss important issues with Colorado electric cooperative members.
Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to address today’s electricity market; support for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and support for H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act that streamlines rights-ofway reviews and timelines to ensure reliability and reduces the risk of fires and fire hazards on rights-of-way across federal lands. There were great discussions, questions and dialogue in each of the meetings during the time in D.C.
Colorado Family Ranch Recognized for Environmental Stewardship Beatty Canyon Ranch in Las Animas County was named the 2018 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award recipient. The prestigious award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation and is presented annually by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, supplier to 18 of the state’s 22 electric cooperatives, and other ag-related organizations. Beatty Canyon Ranch is owned and operated by Steve and Joy Wooten and Brady and Arin Burnham and has the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of family involved in day-to-day operations. The award and its $10,000 prize will be presented at the June 18 Colorado Cattlemen’s Association convention in Loveland. This year’s other finalists were the Livingston Ranch near Stratton and the Stults Ranch near Wray. The Leopold award is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold.
Colorado Prepares to Bring Electricity to Guatemalan Villages Two Colorado co-op representatives recently returned from Guatemala where they began plans to bring electricity to the small villages of Pie de Cerro and Tierra Blanca Salinas. The project will involve a team of lineworkers from electric co-ops in Colorado and Oklahoma building power lines through a jungle to these small villages.
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Energy efficiency program cuts operating costs for local Colorado schools BY KATIE KERSHMAN
Colorado schools are saving $102,000 annually through the Colorado Energy Office’s Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) program. Energy costs are the second highest operating costs K-12 schools face today. It’s estimated that more than $2 billion could be saved nationwide by improving energy efficiency, according to a 2011 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thanks to CEO’s ESS program, local schools are becoming more energy efficient and accessing that savings. To date, CEO has provided 46 schools with an energy audit or technical support, and those schools are implementing priority efficiency projects. Through the program, schools receive free on-site energy and water audits from an energy engineer; technical support and energy coaching; an evaluation of renewable energy opportunities; implementation support and help identifying existing funding and financing options for completing projects; connections with peer schools and a platform for sharing ideas and
knowledge; recognition for the school’s efforts and opportunities to engage students; and (on a case-by-case basis) an energy monitoring device to measure electricity use and access to real-time data on a webbased dashboard. When a new school joins the program, the ESS team works with the school to collect and review building utility data (electricity, natural gas and water) before the site visit. “Reviewing utility data before a site visit gives us insight into how a building is performing and highlights potential areas for improved efficiency. Concerns expressed by school staff are used along with insights gained from the historic utility data to help customize our approach for each unique facility,” energy efficiency engineer John Butler said. Often, students shadow the audit and learn about recommendations for improved efficiency. They also are encouraged to get more involved in how their schools use and can conserve energy to create lasting impacts.
Energy efficiency engineer John Butler engages students during their school audit.
After the site visit, the energy engineer prepares a customized report with recommendations for the school. “We understand how limited resources — especially time and financial resources — can be for these rural and low-income schools, so we prepare our reports with the aim to help each school prioritize strategies and next steps,” Butler said. “And the report is only the first step. We work closely with school staff to identify what projects make the most sense and help navigate the process of getting projects done. Many times, this means helping schools identify funding or soliciting and reviewing bids from contractors.” To help fund recommended projects, ESS staff identifies other applicable CEO programs, local utility rebates and other state and local programs for schools to leverage. “There are no direct monetary costs for a school to participate in the ESS program. The only costs are associated with staff time to interact with the ESS team and any costs to implement after all external funding sources have been exhausted,” said Michael Turner, CEO’s energy efficiency program manager. “The ESS program supports and, in turn, is supported by a number of CEO and other related programs, including the Supplemental Environmental Projects,
This map shows schools that have participated in the Energy Savings for Schools program. 14
[ industry] High Performing School Program, Energy Performance Contracting and Renew Our Schools Program.” Moffat County High School in rural Craig is one of these schools. “Moffat County School District is committed to using the community’s resources in an efficient and effective manner. This includes looking for every opportunity to save on utility costs,” explained Moffat County School District Superintendent Dave Ulrich. “We found the ESS program to be a great partner in helping us identify areas within which we could save.” Through the ESS program, Moffat County High School partnered with a local Steamboat Springs firm to design a new capacitor bank to correct its electrical power factor. The project had an initial cost of $17,000 but will save the school over $3,800 annually. “The most important aspect of the program is that it gave us specific, actionable feedback that could be implemented
immediately,” Ulrich said. “We’re looking forward to reviewing the utility data once the capacitor is installed.” The school also installed an energy monitoring device (e-Gauge) that measures electricity use and provides access to realtime data. The e-Gauges are provided free of charge to eligible schools participating in the ESS program and help school staff and students better understand the real-time impacts of energy use. Local schools are invited to access ESS resources to optimize performance, save money and begin to develop a culture of conservation among students and staff. CEO is recruiting schools from Colorado’s rural and low-income areas to participate in the program. Schools interested in the program should contact program manager Susan Blythe at 970-207-0058, ext. 310 or visit bit.ly/CEOenergysavings.
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Writer Katie Kershman is with the Brendle Group, an engineering and planning firm.
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Wild About Birding By Gayle Gresham Confession … I am not a bird-watcher or a birder. There is a difference, you ask? Think about the difference between watching a football game on television and playing in the Super Bowl. Bird-watching and birding run the gamut, including watching birds for pleasure at backyard bird feeders, or jetting back and forth across the USA to count the most bird species in a year, a Big Year. While I am not a bird-watcher or a birder, I am fascinated by this hobby that is rising in popularity in the United States and the world. Anyone can do it, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or the country. Do you love feeding the birds and watching your favorites? Set up your feeders and keep a list of the species that visit. Love to travel? Visit wilderness refuges, travel to bird festivals, take a guided tour. Do you love adventure and competition? Plan on doing a Big Day or a Big Year event. Young or old, couch potato or adventurer, techie or old-school, birdwatching or birding might be for you. BACKYARD BIRD-WATCHING The easiest way to start bird-watching is to look out your window and see the birds. Is that a bluebird? What type of bluebird? An eastern, western or mountain bluebird? You can go old school by checking a field guide like Peterson’s or Sibley’s or you can look up bluebirds on allaboutbirds.org (Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Check the range map and see which is common in your region. Look at the markings and distinctive features. Many birds show enough variation to identify a bird with ease. The All About Birds website also contains recordings of each bird’s song so identification can also be made by the bird song. If you want to go more high tech, download the Merlin Bird ID app (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) to your cell phone. The app asks five questions: Where did you see the bird? When did you see the bird? What size was the bird? What were the main colors? Was the bird eating at a feeder, swimming or wading, on the ground, in trees or bushes, on a fence or wire, soaring or flying? It then pulls up bird photos matching the description that have been taken in your region. Or take a photo of the bird, upload it to Merlin and it will identify the bird for you. By setting up bird feeders, you can draw even more birds to your personal bird-watching domain. Different birds like various types of food and types of feeders. Experiment with thistle for finches; black oil sunflower seeds for grosbeaks and woodpeckers; corn 16
Sandhill cranes photographed by CCL reader Logan Myers of Buena Vista.
and millet for sparrows and juncos; and orange halves for tanagers. A simple Google search on bird-feeding tips can make you an expert in no time. And don’t forget the hummingbird feeders. Those who catch bird-watching fever often keep a list of the birds they have seen or heard. A life list consists of all of the bird species seen in your life, while a yearly list ticks off every bird species seen in a year. A list can be kept in a simple notebook or in a special birding notebook, or it can be a simple notation of date and place beside the picture in a guide book. Computer list options include Birder’s Diary software, which also allows photos; or the eBird mobile app for cell phones, which uses global positioning system coordinates for bird species sightings. As you become familiar with the birds in your backyard, you will recognize when a bird not common to your area appears. Several years ago, Colorado birder Cherie Wyatt heard an unfamiliar bird song as she was getting ready for her day in Burlington. She looked outside and saw a northern cardinal sitting in the tree near her window. She reported it to a birding group in Denver, which sent out a rare bird sighting alert, and soon people from the Front Range of Colorado were driving a couple of hours to Burlington to see the cardinal in order to add the bird to their lists. The cardinal stayed in the area several months over the winter. coloradocountrylife.coop
LOCAL BIRDING Bird-watching captured your attention and your curiosity has grown beyond the birds showing up in your backyard. Now what? It’s time for birding excursions. First, call someone you know who is a bird-watcher. Don’t know anyone? Start asking around. You might be surprised by which of your friends are birders. Ask at your library about bird-watching clubs or search the internet for local and state birding clubs and chapters of the National Audubon Society and review their programs, events and field trips. You can go out on your own, but it’s helpful to have someone teach you how to locate and identify the birds. Grab your binoculars, camera and cell phone and head to the wilderness or city park. One way to learn from an experienced watcher is to join the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, which allows beginner birders to take part. Participants count every bird seen or heard in a 15-mile diameter designated circle over a 24-hour period of time between December 14 and January 5. The count acts as an annual census of birds across the world.
>> Attracting BACKYARD BIRDS Blue jays prefer tray feeders or hopper feeders filled with peanuts, sunflower seeds and suet.
You can attract ruby-throated hummingbirds to your backyard. Plant tubular flowers or set up a feeder with sugar water.
Gray jays visit feeders, eating almost any kind of seeds and suet.
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[feature] TRAVEL BIRDING Your interest in birds has piqued and now you want to see species of birds that are not common in your area. It’s time to travel. You can either travel to see birds in a certain locale or go on vacation and see what interesting birds are in your scheduled location. Once again, the internet can help you identify places to see birds. There are more than 562 National Wildlife Refuges and 38 wetland management districts in the United States. Visit the fws.gov/refuges website for locations and information. There are also 10,234 state parks and 58 national parks, giving you plenty of opportunity to travel and find birds. At least 38 states have American Birding Association birding trails. A designated birding trail system links wildlife refuges, state parks and national parks in a state, along with noted bird habitats found along the route. The trails may be hiking trails or highways to drive. Information on state birding trails can be found on the internet. The World Birding Center in the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas features nine locations with more than 500 species of birds at the convergence of two major migration flyways. Bird festivals, such as Lamar’s High Plains Snow Goose Festival, the Mesa Verde Birding Festival or the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, are great ways to see specific birds and take part in workshops and tours. Many festivals coincide with migration to see the greatest number of species in a set place.
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COMPETITIVE BIRDING If you learned to identify birds and enjoy the challenge, maybe you’re ready to dive into competitive birding. Once again, there are various events for all ages sponsored by bird organizations. Join The Big Sit! hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. It is 24 hours of sitting in a 17-foot diameter circle with a team counting every bird species you see. If a team member sees the day’s “Golden Bird,” which is a randomly selected species, the team is in the running for a $500 donation to a nonprofit of the team’s choice. Big Day events, or “birdathons,” are sponsored by bird associations and often raise pledges for their societies and conservation by counting how many species of birds can be seen in 24 hours. These events can be done individually or in teams. The Global Big Day is sponsored by eBird. A year ago, on May 13, 2017, almost 20,000 birders from 150 countries turned in 50,000 checklists with 6,564 species of birds spotted in one day. That is more than 60 percent of all of the species of birds in the world. (The Global Big Day will be May 12 this year.) The Big Year is the ultimate challenge in birding. It is a competition to see who can see the most birds in one year in a specific geographical area and can give you, as a birder, another goal to reach as you add to your life list. coloradocountrylife.coop
UPCOMING EVENTS THE BIGGEST WEEK IN AMERICAN BIRDING FESTIVAL MAY 4-13, 2018, OREGON, OHIO Held in the “Warbler Capital of the World,” this festival in northwestern Ohio features bird ID workshops, guided bird trips, birding by canoe and keynote presentations. A total of 235 species were seen at the 2017 festival, including 35 warbler species. Visit biggestweekinamericanbirding.com for more information.
UTE MOUNTAIN MESA VERDE BIRDING FESTIVAL MAY 9-13, 2018, CORTEZ, COLORADO This southwestern Colorado festival features tours, lectures, a banquet and a bird-themed art show. There have been 180 species seen during this festival. For more information, visit cortezculturalcenter.org/birding-festival
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 12-13, 2018 This is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and nonbreeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. Many wildlife refuges take part in IMBD celebrations. As the date approaches, check birdday.org for more IMBD event listings.
THE GREAT SALT LAKE BIRD FESTIVAL MAY 17-21, 2018, FARMINGTON, UTAH Five days of workshops and tours in a variety of bird habitats from ranches to the Great Salt Lake are offered. Visit daviscountyutah.gov/greatsaltlakebirdfest/home.
POTHOLES AND PRAIRIE BIRDING FESTIVAL JUNE 13-17, 2018, CARRINGTON, NORTH DAKOTA Bird watchers from up to 20 states participate in tours, seminars and other activities. Highlights last year included sightings of 145 bird species including at least one life bird. For information, visit birdingdrives.com/Our_Festival.html.
If your interest in birding takes flight, it can give you a greater awareness of the birds around you, but it can also take you in any one of several directions. It could take you on a trip to see new birds in another locale or it might take you into photographing beautiful birds, capturing them in paints or watercolors on canvas, quilting their likenesses with fabric or copying their songs on an instrument. Whatever it is, it will be totally for the birds.
SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL JULY 27-29, 2018, SEDONA, ARIZONA Enjoy three days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world. The festival also features guided tours of private gardens, a hummingbird banding demonstration and the Hummingbird Marketplace held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Visit hummingbirdsociety.org/hummingbird-festival for more information.
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Gayle Gresham writes from her electric-co-op powered home in Elbert. She now has Merlin Bird ID on her phone and is ready to go watch some birds. coloradocountrylife.coop
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We’ve heard it a thousand times: “I don’t need anything. Your company is all I want.” When gift ideas are limited, what do you give the mom who seems to have it all? This Mother’s Day, make mom marvel over your baking abilities with sweet recipes created by Sugar Hero! blogger Elizabeth LaBau. LaBau offers thorough instructions to ensure your desserts are not only delicious, but eye pleasing as well. Mom will be tickled pink, so get baking and prepare yourself for gobs of gratitude.
WHERE COULD IT BE? Culinary-grade lavender can usually be found near the spices in the baking aisle in most large grocery stores. It can also be purchased on several websites, including Amazon.com.
FUN FACT In 2014, there were 43.5 million mothers between the ages of 15 and 50, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Lavender Lemon Bars For the lavender sugar: 2 tablespoons dried lavender 3 1/4 cups granulated sugar For the crust: 8 ounces unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup lavender sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour
To Make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with foil so that it extends up the sides, and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together the melted butter, lavender sugar, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Once mixed, add the flour and stir with a spatula until it is well-combined. Scrape the dough into the pan and press it into an even layer. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown on top. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling so it’s ready to go as soon as the crust is done. To Make the Filling: Whisk the eggs, lemon juice, lavender sugar and lemon zest together in a large bowl. Sift the flour on top of the egg mixture and whisk it in. When the crust is done baking, slide the rack partially out of the oven. Pour the filling over the hot crust and slide it back into the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center barely jiggles when you tap the pan. Let the baked bars cool until they reach room temperature. For the cleanest cuts, refrigerate the bars and cut them when completely cold with a large sharp knife. Sprinkle the tops with powdered sugar before serving and garnish with a pinch of lavender if desired.
For the filling: 8 large eggs 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice 2 3/4 cups lavender sugar zest of 2 lemons 1/2 cup all-purpose flour For the topping: powdered sugar, to taste pinch of lavender, if desired To Make the Lavender Sugar: Place the dried lavender in the bowl of a food processor and process it for 10-15 seconds to chop it into small pieces. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the processor and mix for 20 seconds until the lavender is mixed into the sugar. Add the remaining 2 1/4 cups sugar and pulse briefly to combine.
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Three years ago, Pat Mulligan and I were fishing dry flies on a tiny creek near Walden and catching some pretty nice brook trout when a dragonfly nymph crawled up Pat’s waders, across his arm and into the palm of his hand. “Hey,” he hollered. “Come take a look at this thing.” If you’ve ever seen one, you know dragonfly nymphs are flat-out,
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New pill boosts the same lubricating joint �luid as expensive and painful injections - without using a needle. Users report dramatic relief from swelling, pain and stiffness without side effects and expense. By Jack Isler, M.D. Health News Syndicate HNS—A popular needle injection for people with joint pain is now available in an inexpensive nonprescription pill. The breakthrough came when researchers discovered a way to deliver the injected “relief molecule” through the digestive system. Top US clinics have used these needle injections for years because they deliver powerful relief. Unfortunately, the shots are painful and expensive. They also only work on the joint being treated. The new pill, called Synovia, delivers the same “relief molecule” as the injections. However, it has some impressive advantages. First, it’s inexpensive and nonprescription. Also, relief is delivered to every joint in the body because it enters the bloodstream through the digestive system. This gives it the ability to reduce a much wider variety of pain. Users report greater �lexibility and less stiffness in their knees. Hands and shoulders move pain-free for the �irst time in years. Even neck and lower back pain improve dramatically. All this without spending over $600 on needle injections and taking trips to the doctor every week. The medical community is very excited about this new breakthrough. Dr. Jacob Moss says, “Synovia is a great option for those suffering from joint pain. Injections are usually a last resort because of the pain and expense. However, Synovia should be taken at the �irst sign of discomfort.”
The needle injection procedure has been given to hundreds of thousands of patients over the last several years. Doctors use the shots to boost a critical element of the joint called synovial �luid. This lubricating �luid is found between the cartilage and bones of every joint. According to the �irm’s head of R&D, Mike McNeill, “Researchers have been working for years to �ind a way to boost this �luid noninvasively. The problem was the molecule used in the injections was too large to absorb into the bloodstream.” Top scientists conquered this obstacle by �inding a smaller form of the same molecule. This new glucose form is easily absorbed by
your stomach and intestines! Now those who suffer from joint pain can get relief without painful injections. At less than $2 per day, early users like Steve Young are impressed. He says, “I’ve tried more pills than I can count, without any luck. Synovia is different. My knees and hands haven’t felt this good in years!”
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Leading clinics use injection therapy because it works. Recent clinical trials show the pill form also delivers major relief. One example is a landmark study out of Europe. In the study the active ingredient in Synovia was compared to a popular NSAID pain reliever. The goal was to see if it could reduce pain and swelling around the knee. The results were incredible! After just 30 days, more than 8 out of 10 people who took Synovia’s active ingredient had NO swelling. However, only 2 out of 10 people who took the NSAID experienced reduced swelling. The study also looked at cases of severe swelling. Amazingly, zero cases of severe swelling were detected in the group taking the active ingredient found in Synovia. This means it was 100% effective for the cases of severe swelling! In contrast, 9 out of 10 people taking the NSAID still had severe swelling. McNeill points out, “The impressive thing about this study is the active ingredient wasn’t tested against a fake pill. It was up against one of the most popular NSAIDs people use every day. It’s easy to see why people in pain are excited to get relief without an injection.”
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Getting relief without injections has big advantages. The most obvious is avoiding being stuck by a large needle every week for 5 weeks. Another downside of injections is the doctor can “miss”. The needle needs to be inserted into a precise spot in the joint to work. Otherwise, you risk the treatment being ineffective. However, boosting your lubricating joint �luid by taking a pill delivers relief to all your joints, not just one. There’s an additional reason the active ingredient in Synovia works so well – it nourishes the cartilage. McNeill says, “This is vital because cartilage does not have blood vessels. The �luid in the joint serves two very important pain-relief roles: lubrication and giving the cartilage the nutrients it needs to start re-growing.”
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Today marks the o�icial nation wide release of Synovia. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to everyone who calls within the next 48 hours. A Regional Order Hotline has been set up for local readers to call. This is the only way to try Synovia with their “110% money back” guarantee. Starting at 6:00 am today the order hotline will be open for 48 hours. All you have to do is call TOLL FREE 1-800-995-9713 and provide the operator with the special discount approval code: SYN18. The company will do the rest. Current supplies of Synovia are limited, and callers that don’t get through to the order hotline within the next 48 hours may have to pay more and wait until more inventory is produced. This could take as long as 6 weeks.
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