2024 Memorial Day Bird Count

Douglas Land Conservancy and Douglas County Open Space partnered once again to take advantage of the holiday weekend and conduct a survey of the avian diversity at DuPont Open Space. We counted 60 distinct species! Check out some of the photos below, and take a look...
DLC plays key role in new Castle Rock open space

DLC plays key role in new Castle Rock open space

By Richard Bangs Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) leaders have expressed gratitude for being part of a  successful effort to preserve Lost Canyon Ranch, 681 acres on the southeast edge of Castle Rock  in unincorporated Douglas County.  The land...
Douglas County in Bloom: Berberis repens

Douglas County in Bloom: Berberis repens

By Sharon Sjostrom If you see me wandering along the trail with dried leaves in my hair this time of year, I may have been crawling under Gambel oak to greet the Oregon grape that’s bursting out in bright yellow flowers. The Oregon grape is an evergreen shrub that’s...
Hooray for Volunteers

Hooray for Volunteers

By Alan Clarke E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. This traditional motto of the United States of America symbolizes how the fifty states of the union, working together towards common purpose, are far stronger than the fifty states working separately. It has also come...
Douglas County in Bloom: Thermopsis rhombifolia var. divaricarpa

Douglas County in Bloom: Thermopsis rhombifolia var. divaricarpa

By Sharon Sjostrom Yellow blossoms are a sure sign that summer is on its way. On Thursday, I was doing trail work at Metzler Family Open Space with a group from Castle Rock Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) and saw my first Goldenbanner flower: Latin name Thermopsis...
Volunteer Highlight: Bluebird Monitors at Hidden Mesa Gardens

Volunteer Highlight: Bluebird Monitors at Hidden Mesa Gardens

By Helga Meyer Ask just about anyone who volunteers for Douglas Land Conservancy why they decided to volunteer with DLC, and you will get a pretty consistent response: they enjoy being outdoors and in nature. The volunteers at Hidden Mesa Gardens—one of DLC’s newest...