Opportunity to See Colorado Bighorn Sheep

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Join the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) for a full day of family-friendly and free wildlife fun! The Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival, sponsored by the DOW and the Town of Georgetown, will be held on Saturday, November 8th. New activities and a full day of events starting at 10:00 am, promise something for everyone interested in our wildlife heritage.

"Early November is a great time to watch bighorn sheep," said Karen Hardesty, Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for the northeast region of the DOW. "Late October through mid-December is the rut – or courtship season. The herd gathers more closely together than usual and the rams are contesting one another for dominance and the opportunity to reproduce. It's the best of wildlife watching right here in Georgetown's backyard!"

Participants will have the opportunity to watch Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep from the Georgetown Wildlife Viewing Area on the west side of Georgetown Lake. Trained DOW volunteers will offer a cup of hot cider and help visitors find and learn about the sheep.

In addition to wildlife viewing and guided hikes, the festival offers educational programming and a variety of crafts and activities for kids. This year the festival has expanded to include a climbing wall for youth, a Colorado Critters Parade (made up of young or young-at-heart festival participants), wildlife films at the Canyon Winds Winery, and Georgetown Loop Railroad trips.

Special Presentations:

  • * Wildlife of Clear Creek County
  • * The Story of Georgetown's Bighorns – their history and current research updates
  • * Catching the Bad-guy: how wildlife forensics help managers track down poachers
  • * Peeking at Pika: Life on the alpine tundra and changes we may see soon
  • * Impacts of Global Climate Change to Colorado Wildlife ( a special traveling presentation by the Colorado Wildlife Federation)
  • * Story-telling: Tales of the "Wild" Colorado
  • * Wildlife and Landscape Photography with photographer Gary Haines of Grizzly Creek Gallery

Festival Activities Guide:
See the final schedule of events at wildlife.state.co.us/Viewing/EventsFestivals/BighornFestival.htm OR pick up a schedule on-site at the Gateway Visitor Center or the Georgetown Community Center. All of these events are free.

Georgetown is located just less than an hour west of Denver on I-70. Programs and activities take place in several venues throughout town, but most are on 6th Street. Be sure to plan time to visit the numerous art galleries and unique shops where artisans and shop owners will showcase their wildlife related art, gifts, crafts and other merchandise

WHAT: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival: A full day of family-friendly & free wildlife fun.
WHERE: Town of Georgetown: One hour west of Denver on I-70.
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm