Date: 5/22/20 4:08 pm From: Donna Stumpp <donna.stumpp...> Subject: Re: [cobirds] Advocating for the birds - any county, CO
I am so excited to share some good news on the dam-mowing front! I talked with one of the rangers at Standley Lake today (I have volunteered there for a long time so we all know each other well), and she shared that the irrigation district who manages the dam, FRICO, said they had never considered the impact of the mowing on the nesting birds, and would be open to changing the mowing schedule in the future!
In fact, they even invited the Park Naturalist to their next meeting to share information with the team so they can learn and adjust the mowing schedule accordingly! I am so thrilled. The rangers are diligent in their support of FRICO and the dam by diligently citing people who tresspass, and she suspected these efforts have built goodwill, making them receptive to shifting the mowing. As we all know, those who control the water in Colorado have a tremendous amount of power. I'm so grateful these parties have a good relationship so the birds will fare better going foward!