Nature & Science
Cliff and Jean Dickey
Located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds N.M. is a 6,000 acre wonderland of meadows, forests, and wildflowers. At 8,400 feet of elevation, the Monument lies within the montane life zone. Ponderosa Pine, Aspen, Fir, and Spruce are the dominant trees. Wapiti (Elk), mule deer, coyotes, foxes, bears, mountain lions, are some of the large mammals that inhabit the area. Birds of prey scan the meadows for ground squirrels and mice.
Did You Know?
This is the first and only fossil gingko leaf from Florissant fossil beds. The gingko is a “living fossil” as the genus appeared approximately 250 million years ago, but the modern species can still be found in China.