From the Archive: Urban wildlife

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

How about a little historical inspiration for the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center’s Urban Wildlife Photo Challenge? Fort Collins residents have been photographing the wild creatures that share our environment for years.

In this photo from 1992, a family of geese crosses Mountain Avenue at the entrance to City Park.

geese crossing road

Raccoons peer out of this sewer grate at the corner of Magnolia and Gordon Streets. This photo appeared in a 1992 issue of the Fort Collins Triangle Review newspaper.


Max Hancock is having an up-close and personal visit with some chipmunks at the Deer Ridge Chalet in Estes Park in 1934.


If you’re feeling inspired to participate in our Urban Wildlife Challenge, don’t hold back! You can read more about the project here, or take a look at what other people have contributed to the project in our Flickr Urban Wildlife Challenge group. Join in!

2 Responses to “From the Archive: Urban wildlife”

  1. 1 Robyn October 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Animal pictures always make the day better.

  2. 2 Maria Mortati October 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Lesley, I love that last picture. Was wondering- are you going to put some of these in the exhibit with the dates or are they already in there? Great job.

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