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Mothers, Trains, Dinosaurs, and Raptors

The Railroad Museum is honoring both mothers and trains today!  Amtrak Train Days is held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10, which is the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah—This marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad within the United States. Over 300 communities in all 50 states have celebrated their love of trains on this day.  Mothers will be admitted to the museum FREE today, and will be given a flower, while supplies last.

Dinosaur Ridge is celebrating Dinosaur Discovery Days today, so extra guides and volunteers will be on hand, to make the experience even more educational than usual.  This is Boy Scout Day, so a lot of Scouts will be on hand, earning merit badges, but the general public is definitely invited.

Naturalists from Jefferson County Open Space will be on hand at North Table Mountain Park (map) this morning from 9-12 to talk about the raptors we have in the Golden area.  Raptors are key indicators of ecosystem health. You can help protect our local raptors by learning to identify the species in local parks and where these raptors live and nest. Knowing their nesting cycles and understanding and supporting trail closures in our parks during nesting seasons can also make a difference.

Drop by our Education Station at North Table Mountain Park to learn more about our local raptors and what you can do to protect them. You will find the naturalist near the kiosk in the main parking lot. Just look for the Education Station sign. Bring your interest, enthusiasm, and willingness to share your experience and knowledge.

Remember–today is Stamp Out Hunger.  Leave a bag of non-perishable food next to your mailbox today.  Your mail carrier will bring it to the Golden Post Office and the Golden Lions Club will bring it from the Post Office to the Christian Action Guild, for distribution to Golden’s needy families.