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Instead of watching the Super Bowl this weekend, we went out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is more than 15,000 acres of prairie and has more than 300 species of wildlife, including American bison, bald eagles, deer, burrowing owls, and black-footed ferrets which are one of the most endangered species in America.

This refuge was once a Superfund site created by the U.S. Army who used the site to produce chemical weapons such as mustard gas and nerve agents during WWII. Later, they leased their facilities to the Shell Chemical Company who continued to contaminate the area by producing agricultural pesticides until 1982.

People left behind toxic solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals from manufacturing chemical weapons. While EPA worked on cleanup plans, a pair of bald eagles were found roosting at the contaminated site. This eventually led Congress to designate the area as a future Wildlife Refuge.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is ~10 miles from downtown Denver.


Bison


In Flight


Ferruginous Hawk


Prairie Dog Jump

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2 Comments

  1. Old Geezer
    February 13, 2023
    Reply

    That hawk shot is awesome!

  2. Nana
    February 14, 2023
    Reply

    Never heard of that kind of hawk before, but it sure is pretty! I’d like to pet it. Nana

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