Dark Sky Month June 2022

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 …

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Dark Sky Month June 2021

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 …

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Measuring Skyglow Over the Front Range

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 …

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Bird Migration Update (April 2021)

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 …

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Dark Sky Dashboard Re-launched

The Western Night Skies Council has re-launched the “Western Dark Sky Dashboard.” The new version covers all of the Western United States including Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The Dashboard highlights all of the officially-recognized International Dark Sky Places in the Western U.S.  The Dashboard is meant …

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Slumgullion Center is Named a Dark Sky Park

The International Dark-sky Association recognized the 58-acre Slumgullion Center as an International Dark Sky Park.   The Slumgullion Center is in Hinsdale County, near Lake City.  Camille Richard was the head writer for the application.  Local photographer Michael Underwood and amateur astronomer Phillip Virden assisted. “We are blessed . . . to have extraordinary dark …

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