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Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge sits on land surrounding the famous Rocky Flats Nuclear Reservation that produced nuclear weapons during the Cold War. CREDIT: DAN BOYCE/NPR

Once Making Nuclear Weapons, Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge Now Hosts Migratory Birds

The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge sits on more than 5,000 acres of trees, wetlands and pristine rolling prairie about 16 miles northwest of Denver. It hosts 239 migratory and resident species, from falcons and elk to the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse. It also used to be the site of a federal nuclear weapons facility — and it’s reopening to the public this weekend. Continue Reading Once Making Nuclear Weapons, Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge Now Hosts Migratory Birds

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A young male mountain goat rested in its crate shortly before release Wednesday. CREDIT: TOM BANSE / NW NEWS NETWORK

When Goats Fly! Olympic Range Mountain Goats Relocated By Helicopter To North Cascades

Wildlife biologists have relocated the first two dozen of hundreds of non-native mountain goats slated for removal from Olympic National Park. The logistically-challenging capture and transfer of the woolly wild animals to the northern Cascade Range has been periodically slowed by weather this week. Continue Reading When Goats Fly! Olympic Range Mountain Goats Relocated By Helicopter To North Cascades

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This is a culvert, or narrow passage for water to pass, in this case, under a highway. This culvert on the south side of the summit is a barrier to salmon and trout.

Closing Hwy 97 At Blewett Pass: Inconvenient For Drivers, Possibly Critical For Salmon

On Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m., the Washington State Department of Transportation closed Blewett Pass for five days to replace fish-blocking pipes with a fish-friendly concrete box. The construction will cost taxpayers $1.2 million, although that’s nowhere near the full cost of the project. Continue Reading Closing Hwy 97 At Blewett Pass: Inconvenient For Drivers, Possibly Critical For Salmon

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