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Daily Camera Op-Ed by Samagra Melville: Change name to Wonderland Lake Wildlife Sanctuary


I have spent years wandering the trails of open space in and around Boulder. I often thought to myself, Who were those visionaries who rallied support for and formalized the acquisition of all of this land for us? Who made it possible for us to live in such a vital city and access so many un-fragmented slices of nature?


Wonderland Lake has long been known to be a sanctuary for wildlife. The original dam, built in 1907, created the active ingredient of wilderness in this dry arid land. Just add water, nature arrives as if having been waiting dehydrated among the weeds.


The migratory birds, including the blue heron, have easily found us. Canada Geese nest on the protected shorelines and parade their young in the spring.


Last year I got up early enough to see my first oriole nesting at the edge of Wonderland Lake.

Twice, while walking at night, I saw fireflies.


There is a petition to make the name Wonderland Lake Wildlife Sanctuary official. It is a commemorative naming and does not affect the legal status, but is a way to encourage appreciation.


For me it is a thank you to Open Space and Mountain Parks and to our Boulder City Council.

And also, for me, it is a belated thank you to Jim Crain, our long-time open space director, who has been called the John Muir of Boulder. Crain died in December.


Without all of these visionaries and more, Boulder would be less wonderful.


Matthew King wrote his Feb. 21 guest opinion in support of this petition. Please visit wonderlandlake.com to sign the petition for the commemorative name change to Wonderland Lake Wildlife Sanctuary.


Samagra Melville, Boulder


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