I really don’t think there is anything we can do. From what I understand, the destruction will go from somewhere along the dam through the banding station. I don’t think it will go through the nature preserve though. Let’s hope so.
Given that part of the trail is along the railroad track and that 3 miles or more will be demolished, only half of the perimeter will remain. What a sad ending to Barr Lake. And it really is.
When I was a teenager, I had a job in through the Youth Conservation Corps. We were employed through the Colorado State Parks. We worked 30 hours per week improving our state parks (eg, building picnic areas, camp sites, etc) The other ten hours were spent learning about conservation practices and park maintenance.
It was one of, if not the best, job I ever had. We actually learned how Barr Lake was constructed. At that time-1975 to be precise-we took a trip to learn about the dam‘s construction and to observe the park‘s wildlife. Seeing the park evolve over time has been an interest of mine over the years.
For nearly 50 years I have been a regular visitor to Barr Lake. I have seen things over the years that I don’t agree with, but this one is horrendous! It is so ugly now!
Not a lot of birds but a pretty nice variety today. Added another young, rarish warbler - a Tennessee - to this year's list. Here's the breakdown of the 22 new birds (there were also 9 recaps):