Hi all

>From the Pawnee District Ranger ...

I would suggest calling the Sheriff office, when you see a true and 
verifiable violation of law on the Pawnee, just like you would anywhere 
else in the state. Most weekends we have a forest service patrol person out 
there, looking for violations, but they can’t be everywhere, and 
unfortunately, the public has no way to call them directly when they see 
violations. If someone in the public sees a violation and has witnesses or 
pictures, license plates and other information, and is willing to testify 
in court, then we can often follow up on that after they contact us when 
the office opens on the weekdays. 


As far as roads are concerned. The county maintains a selection of roads 
for their priority purposes, generally for people to get to their homes, 
ranches and other commercial uses. The level and timing of maintenance can 
vary. The Forest Service also only maintains a small number of roads to 
higher standard mainly bird tour and Pawnee Buttes. Many of the remaining 
roads are open to public use but they are maintained at different standards 
for different needs. Sight-seeing and bird watching is a viable use of the 
roads but not the priority. We have limited resources to maintain roads. 
The road crew comes from another forest and is not scheduled to be here for 
a few weeks yet, so early birders may have to contend with roads less 
groomed. We are not a park. The road network is not intended to be 
maintained for all vehicle types to use in all places (portions of road 
96). We allow folks to use some of them if they wish to, but that does not 
drive the decisions of which roads we spend limited resources on to 
maintain at a higher standard.


Again, thanks for the info. I will pass it on to our patrol person so that 
they can make sure they are spending some time in other areas and 
especially along the bird tour route. Sometimes it is easy to get focused 
around the shooting range when that many people are showing up.

Thanks Gary Lefko, Nunn

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 8:36:44 PM UTC-6, Dave Leatherman wrote:
> *Birds of note sensed:*
> After getting a not so early start, I arrived near where WY-NE-CO come 
> together ne of Grover about 8am.  My target was Sharp-tailed Grouse, which 
> everybody has seemingly found.  I got a few extra hours of sleep but not 
> the birds, these two facts being no doubt related.  However, I could sense 
> their presence.  Can I make a pencil mark on the checklist if I don't push 
> hard?  Also, for what it's worth, I met a nice local rancher named Mr. 
> Klingensmith who has lived in the area 20+ years and said he often sees 
> them while driving e on CR134 between 125 and 129 and also going from 134 n 
> on 125 a few miles to the unmarked State Line.  
> *Birds of note seen:*
> Chestnut-collared Longspur (at least 20): mostly near the recently 
> reported S-t Grouse locations, especially on the w side of Weld CR115 n of 
> 134.
> Northern Shrike (1a)  117 n of 134
> Loggerhead Shrike (1a)  111 just s of the State Line  (not too many days 
> in spring or autumn when both shrikes occur on the northern CO plains).
> Long-billed Curlew (4)  in wheat stubble s of 134 just w of 125
> Rough-legged Hawk (at least 4): in the general area of the S-t Grouse 
> sightings plus one on CR77 near GR96 n of Crow Valley (shown)
> Golden Eagle (1) CR90 w of CR49
> *A&B Res #1 *on 124 a few miles w of 77: water is high, no shorebirds, 
> just common duck species.
> *At Crow Valley late this afternoon into early evening (gate is now open, 
> hosts on site):*
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1m)
> Townsend's Solitaire (2)
> Total of 25 bird species at CVCG/Briggsdale plus my FOY heard western 
> chorus frogs (note, I did NOT see Mountain Plovers e of Briggsdale in the 
> green strips of winter wheat on CR79 just s of SR14 where they were a week 
> or so ago).
> *Crom Lake* on 131 w of Pierce: water high, mostly common ducks and 
> killdeer, no swallows.
> [Did NOT see large numbers of sparrows today, did NOT see McCown's 
> Longspur, did NOT see any kingbirds or Burrowing Owls.  Regarding the 
> latter, I did not check any prairie-dog towns, so maybe no surprise they 
> escaped detection.] 
> Furthermore,  I did NOT drive GR96 ("Murphy's Pasture") out of not wanting 
> to get pissed at all the gun activity on a route supposedly devoted to 
> nature observation.  
> Dave Leatherman
> Fort Collins

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