Friday, March 25, 2011


What a close call! The so called burning tree fire between the Pinery and Franktown burned close to 1600 acres in as little as 8 hours. And got within a mile or so from the course. With winds in 20 mph range and gusts close to 40 mph the fire moved amazingly fast. Fortunately a cold front came through and the winds shifted out of the south to out of north and subsided a little, in-turn the fire burned back in its self. Over 8,500 people were evacuated from the Pinery and Timbers area. No one was hurt and no homes were lost. The fire crew did a amazing job with as much as 6 crews and two air water tankers fighting the fire.

Colorado Horse Park

Wind Speeds

From Crowfoot Valley Road

Friday, March 18, 2011

Calling All Kids

Pinery Country Club
Audubon Sanctuary Program

Mountain Chickadee

Last year the Pinery Country Club joined the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. In the past year we have gathered valuable information to become a certified Audubon Sanctuary. One of the requirements is an outreach and education program. With the success of our Mountain Blue Bird nest boxes over the last 10 years we would like to continue introducing new species of birds. The bird species that we would like to introduce to the area are as follows; the Mountain Chickadee and the American Kestrel.

We would like to involve the children of the Pinery to help in the building, installation and monitoring of these new nest boxes over the upcoming season. Your child will learn about nest box construction, various styles and mounting locations, plus following the life cycle from egg to adult. We will also educate your child on the importance of the Audubon International Society.

Step One
Early spring
- Construction of nest boxes and education of different styles.

Step Two
Mid spring
- Install nest boxes in correct location and education of proper placement.

Step Three
May - June
- Monitor the laying of the eggs and growth of the chick to fledgling.