By Deborah Price, IDA Colorado Board of Directors. While bears are quietly sleeping away the winter in hibernation here on earth, we have a Great Bear in the sky to look up to that guides our way. Ursa Major, the constellation of the Great Bear, appears to continuously wander in a circle around Polaris, our […]
By Deborah Price and Aaron Watson, IDA Colorado, 11/20/2022. A lot of darkness in the winter means we depend more on good night vision when outside enjoying a twilight snowshoe tour or skiing down a cross-country trail. It may seem that a bright headlight is the best option for this, but that bright light may
By Deborah Price, IDA Colorado Board, 11/6/2022. It’s often disorienting to be outside at night, but nature gives us a shining compass to provide direction. If you’re outside in winter and want to know which way is north, look up! On a clear night you can find Polaris, our North Star, and figure out other directions
Governor Jared Polis declared June 2022 as “Dark Sky Month” in Colorado. “Dark skies in the Rocky Mountains are a Colorado treasure and a key attraction for our tourism industry. I’m grateful to the International Dark-sky Association Colorado chapter and Gov. Polis for prioritizing this natural resource and reminding all of us to reduce light
Governor Jared Polis declared June 2021 as “Dark Sky Month” in Colorado. “With the State’s ever-growing population, the commitment to protecting and preserving our natural nights and landscapes from excessive light pollution and trespass is as important now as ever. A special thanks to Governor Polis and his staff for their efforts in helping to
IDA Colorado members and others are working to find new approaches to measuring skyglow where our problem is greatest, the Front Range Urban Corridor, along a line from Pueblo, through Denver, and north to Fort Collins. Airplane flights are being used to capture skyglow images from about 3000 feet above ground level. The National Park
The Support Letter Policy lists several questions for people who are applying for IDA recognition as a Dark Sky Place. The information gathered will help an IDA Colorado member guide your project to a successful conclusion.
Spring bird migration season is here! In Colorado the peak of spring migration is in early May. Studies show that huge numbers of birds fly on just a few nights. Colorado State University’s bird migration forecast can predict migration activity levels one, two, or three days in advance. Watch for alerts at https://aeroecolab.com/colorado, and see