New Pictures Posted

All I can say is that we are so lucky to live in the ECHPOA community!

See pictures submitted by Jana Coughlin of an morning sunrise 12202014bearly morning sunrise in December and by Karen Ellis of a glowing sunset in February on the Sunrises & Sunsets page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

WinterFest2015iWinter Fest Potluck pictures taken by Karen Ellis on January 31st where there was a wonderful assortment of great food shared with 25 friends and neighbors.

Sun shining through the aspen trees and onto the Aspen 01-18-2015asnow covered ground taken by Karen Ellis in January can be seen on the Winter page.  With the beautiful warm weather we experienced this Valentine’s Day weekend and over the past few weeks, I am now ready for it to snow again and bring needed moisture to all the dried grasses!

The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Bird CountThe Great Backyard Bird Count, a program launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society, is going on this weekend.  From February 13 through 16, participants are asked to tally the numbers and kinds of birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the Count and to record their count online.  The results are reported in real-time so you can follow what other participants from around the world are seeing.

The Bird Count allows scientists to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations.  The more data that is collected, the better they can begin to answer questions such as:

  • How will the weather and climate change influence bird populations?
  • Some birds, such as winter finches, appear in large numbers during some years but not others. Where are these species from year to year, and what can we learn from these patterns?
  • How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?
  • How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?
  • What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

You can participate in this important citizen-science project by signing up at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

If you’d like some help identifying the birds you see, download the Merlin app from the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. It’s available for Apple or Android devices. http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/

Joyce Deming

The Flume’s People’s Choice Awards – Deadline is February 13th

Hi Everyone,Jeff DeBerry-9News

Don’t know if you saw the People’s Choice Award ballot in the 1/30 edition of The Flume — There’s a spot to vote for your favorite Local Law Enforcement Officer.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if our favorite Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Sheriff’s Deputy (i.e., Jeff DeBerry) would win that honor?

You can vote online at:  https://www.surveyplanet.com/54c704eba055e9fd45532542

Corporal Jeff DeBerry, one of our neighbors, an ECHPOA board member, volunteers for any community project, provides Deputy updates at monthly association meetings, and volunteers his time as a Community Recourse Office at Deer Creek Elementary!  He was recently featured on Channel 9 News in an article titled “Park County deputy volunteers as a school resource office”.  To view video clip and read this article go to:  http://www.9news.com/story/life/2014/11/24/jeff-deberry-deer-creek-elementary/70061230/

Deadline to complete the above survey is Feb. 13th!  There are 83 “Best” categories listed, can’t wait to see the results!

Joyce Deming

February 4, 2015 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, February 4th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  You do not have to be a member to attend.

Ballots for the 2015 ECHPOA Officers election must be returned by the start of this meeting, votes will be counted, and the new Board of Directors announced.

Regular monthly reports will be given and new projects for this year will be discussed.

For additional information, call Charles Banks 303-838-4070.