Carbon County’s variety of habitats provide for excellent bird-watching opportunities. Just ask Palma Jack, a volunteer instructor at the Carbon County Higher Education Center. Jack, who teaches introduction to bird watching, is an enthusiast as well.
“One of my favorite places is Saratoga Lake. It’s such a great bird sanctuary,” Jack said. At Saratoga Lake, one can spot in the marshes shorebirds like avocets, striking black-and-white stilts with red legs, sandpipers, plovers and long-billed dowitchers. Mid to late April, pelicans will roost at the lake in
huge quantities – 70 birds or more.
Throughout Carbon County, Canada geese appear on lakes and ponds in the spring, followed by migrating terns, then nesting shorebirds. Ducks congregate by the hundreds at tiny Odd Fellows Park in Saratoga.
April through June are peak bird watching months, with male bird’s plumage coming into brilliant technicolor life in order to attract a mate.
In sagebrush country, an observer may see sage, vesper and Brewer’s sparrows; sage thrashers, sage grouse and green-tailed towhees.
Chukars and pheasants sometimes show themselves in the farmland along the North Platte River.
In the Sierra Madre and Snowy Range mountains, Clark’s nutcrackers or “camp robbers” frequent campgrounds seeking handouts. Hummingbirds flutter around flowers or feeders throughout the county.
Carbon County is home to several different raptors, the scientific name for birds of prey.
Look along fence posts and on top of power poles for raptors ranging from pretty little kestrels to the large golden eagles. Ferruginous, red-tailed and Swainson’s hawks are also common.
Bald eagles and ospreys, or fish eagles, are often found perched in old cottonwoods along the county’s rivers looking for their next meal.
Two more areas for great bird watching are along Wyoming Highway 789 between Baggs and Meeker, Colorado, and along Wyoming Highway 130 between Saratoga and Encampment.
Come dig up dinosaurs just like those seen in the Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur"!
Learn more about the recent partnership between the Wyoming Office of Tourism and Disney®/Pixar here. You can also check out the Wyoming Office of Tourism page: https://www.facebook.com/visitwyoming for updates on dino digs.
You can also check out the new Wyoming Office of Tourism video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACBWB9isqyk
Wyoming's beautiful landscapes serve as a backdrop for the animated feature film. Wyoming has a rich collection of fossils represented in dinosaur and natural history museums around the world and Wyoming dinosaur enthusiests and visitors can even participate in exploring Wyoming's pre-historic history by participating in dino digs at various public and private land locations.
The fossil cabins is located on US Route 30/287 around 5 miles east of Medicine Bow in Carbon County, Wyoming. The cabin was built alongside the Lincoln Highway in 1932 by Thomas Boylan using dinosaur bones he collected from nearby Como Bluff.
The cabin is supposed to contain around 5,800 dino bones and has been called the "world's Oldest Building". It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for being unique and for being directly related to the nation’s first transcontinental highway.
The Fossil Cabin at Como Bluff is on privately held land.
Como Bluff is the place where the fossils from the Fossil Cabin came from. This ridge of the Morrison Formation is where some of the best preserved dinosaur bones have been found. Dinosaurs roamed the earch for 165 million years and may large terrestrial species inhabited current day Wyoming. Experts say it is a matter of time, place, and climate that prompted dinosaurs to live here. Como Bluff became famous for the start of the "bone rush" by fossil collectors.
Dinosaur hunting became the rave in the scientific world, and Como Bluff was at the center of such discoveries and the road to scientific fame. There were large numbers of dinosaur bones found in the Morrison Formation at Como Bluff and most were considered exceptionally preserved. Individual dinosaur bones had been found in England, western Europe, and eastern United States, but not like what was found at Como Bluff. Here complete or nearly complete skeletons were being discovered. Learn more about the facinating history of the dinosaur rush here: http://www.wsgs.wyo.gov/public-info/guide-como-bluff
You can see Como Bluff from Hwy 30 about 5 miles east of Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Como Bluff is about 10 miles long and 1 mile wide.
Four types of sauropods were found at Como Bluff. These included the plant-eating Apatosaurus (the correct name for Brontosaurus), Diplodocus, at 90 feet long, Camarasaurus, and Barosaurus. Other large herbivores that inhabited the area during the late Jurassic period included the Stegosaurus (known for its heavy armor), and Camptosaurus, Laosaurus, and Dryosaurus. Carnivores included the Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Ornitholestes.
Dinosaur bones collected from the Morrison Formation of southern Wyoming can be viewed at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie.
Exploring "Carbon County's Dino-Mite Past" : New Outdoor Dinosaur Exhibit - May 1st, 2016 - September 30, 2016 from 10 am - 6 pm at the Carbon County Museum. Carbon County's Dino-mite Past, a new, interactive, outdoor exhibit exploring Carbon County's paleontological history includes three standing excavation tables. Sized for toddlers, children, and adults, each table holds faux dinosaur fossils to simulate paleontological digs.
Interpretive signage exploring Carbon County's prehistoric past helps direct visitors in their interaction with the exhibit space and is designed to complement new dinosaur-focused touch-interactives planned for the museum gallery.
This exhibit and many other features of Carbon County Museum's grounds are open May 1 through September 30, annually. Outdoor exhibits are free and accessible to the public 7 days a week. Please utilize museum grounds and features with respect for your museum and our neighbors.
Event Information can be found here: http://carboncountymuseum.org/component/ohanah/outdoor-dinosaur-exhibit?Itemid=
check the Carbon County Museum's web site for more information and updates: http://carboncountymuseum.org/
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