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Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 14:28, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 12:55

North American Beaver

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The North American beaver ( Castor canadensis ) is native to Colorado, and its role as both an environmental engineer and a keystone species has profoundly impacted the state’s ecology and history. Although their populations today are low, beavers continue to shape Colorado’s environments. Ecology...

Cottonwood Trees

Added by yongli on 01/29/2021 - 17:18, last changed on 02/01/2021 - 14:58
One of the most ecologically and culturally significant trees in Colorado, the plains cottonwood ( Populus deltoides monilifera ) thrives near rivers and riparian areas throughout the state. It is one of the only tree species to grow on Colorado’s Great Plains , which made it an important source of...

The Fur Trade in Colorado

Added by yongli on 10/30/2015 - 13:26, last changed on 01/05/2020 - 01:07
The trading of animal skins has been a prominent activity throughout the known human occupation of Colorado. These skins—as hides, furs, or robes—provided protection from the elements as well as a valuable commodity traded for economic gain; their trade strengthened and maintained political...

Wetlands and Riparian Areas

Added by yongli on 08/12/2016 - 16:25, last changed on 01/31/2021 - 17:08
Wetlands are ecosystems that are at least periodically saturated or inundated by water , creating unique habitats that support a wide variety of plant and animal species. Colorado wetlands include a diverse range of ecosystem types, each with distinctive plants and animals, hydrologic regimes, and...
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