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Raptor Talk Draws on Native American Themes


Photo by Pam Martin Sue Cass, raptor expert with Boulder County Parks and Open Space programs, discussed the eagle in Chief Niwot’s time and now, spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, from Native American religious persecution in the 1800s, to the Endangered Species Act in the 1960s.

Chief Niwot claimed that people who saw the beauty of the Left Hand Valley would stay here. It’s known as his curse or prophecy, depending on how you look at it. Then true to his character as someone who could see both sides of an issue, “Their staying will be the undoing of the beauty,” he reportedly said.

Changes in the landscape due to human encroachment factored into the talk, “The Eagle in Chief Niwot’s Time and Ours,” given by volunteer naturalist Sue Cass on Feb. 2 as part of the Niwot Historical Society’s (NHS) Now & Then lecture series. One hundred people came out to...

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