Being out in Rocky Mountain National Park on a nearly daily basis, I find you start to really appreciate how rare some moments can be. One of those moments - that I get to experience only two or three times a year - is to see a bobcat, especially in the daylight. Coyotes, bobcats, and even mountain lion juveniles start to disperse in the winter months. If you are brave enough to head out in the park in the cold, you just might be the lucky enough to experience one of these rare sightings.
This bobcat crossed in front of me while I was out on a Wildlife Tour. If was calm and even spent a few moments sitting on top of a large rock, seemingly being polite enough to stick around while I assembled my camera setup. It went into the bushes and tried to hunt for a while, and then unfortunately some folks pulled up, flung their car doors open and made a lot of noise. The bobcat was spooked and headed into the woods.
So if you ever find yourself out in RMNP and have the fortune to sight one of these magnificent creatures, please be sure to move slowly and quietly. Find a legal place to park, and you might just get to spend a few moments with one of the Park's illusive animal residents.
by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding. If you are intereste in going on your own Wildlife Tour in Rocky Mountain National Park, visit YWGuiding.com for more information.
In celebration of the park’s 98th birthday on January 26, Rocky Mountain National Park and Rocky Mountain Nature Association are pleased to announce the winning logo for the park’s upcoming 100th Anniversary celebration in 2015. The designer is Carol Welker, a graphic artist based out of Dallas, Texas.
As a child, Welker spent summers in the Cedar Park area near Drake, Colorado. She has many fond memories of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park with her siblings – hiking, backpacking, and summiting Longs Peak. “As a result,” says Welker, “the iconography unique to the park was ingrained in my mind and my soul.”
“The logo design was certainly inspired by my past,” says Welker. She incorporated the most memorable images from her childhood into her design, including aspen leaves, columbine, pine cones, and bighorn sheep. “I wanted to give an overall majestic feel to the logo and make a bold statement about the respect the park deserves as well as the many reasons its preservation calls for celebration.”
Close to one hundred logo entries were received, including a great number of outstanding ideas, which made the selection process very difficult. Officials wish to thank everyone who participated.
The 100th Anniversary will be promoted and celebrated throughout the park and surrounding communities. The winning logo will be used for educational, promotional, and marketing pieces approved by Rocky Mountain Nature Association and Rocky Mountain National Park.
In order to accommodate the greatest variety of events possible, celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary will begin on September 4, 2014, and will continue until the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park on September 4, 2015.
Over the course of the year, a calendar of events will be offered by the park, local organizations, and surrounding communities to celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural and cultural history and the relationships that have developed over the last 100 years.
Businesses and organizations may apply to have their programs and events included in the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebration. Applicants should be able to show the connection between their program/event and Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial. Approved programs and events will be added to the Calendar of Centennial Events and may use the 100th Anniversary Signature with logo and slogan.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit www.RockyMountainNationalPark.com