On a camping and photography trip to western Colorado, I rose before dawn to have coffee and set up for a shot of aspen at dawn. It was a glorious morning, so I kept going until noon, when I returned to camp for lunch.
Lunch was cheese and crackers, but as I started I remembered the beer in the cooler. That’s when the robber came.
Tapping in a tree attracted my attention; earlier that morning I had watched a three-toed woodpecker feeding, and I hoped this was another. But a red-naped sapsucker emerged from the trees to sit on a branch above me.
Signs of strong economic growth are readily evident along the Front Range, with significant increases across many sectors of our region’s economy.
Field observations suggest that each nutcracker caches 30,000 limber pine seeds in late summer and fall and then recovers about 15,000 of them to get through the winter. Unrecovered seeds germinate and grow. The nutcracker effectively charges the tree one seed for the service of planting one seed.
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