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Jefferson County Open Space Kicks off 'Big Year Jeffco' Program  

Jefferson County is home to an abundant variety of bird species. To celebrate and preserve these species and their habitats, Jefferson County Open Space is excited to offer a Big Year in 2018. Join fellow community birders in identifying by sight or sound the largest number of species of birds within Jefferson County. Big Year Jeffco began in January and runs through December 31, 2018. 

Participants will track their bird watching through the app, eBird. Attend classes and events throughout the year to learn more about Jefferson County bird species, connect with other birders in the community, and pick up the first edition of the Jefferson County Bird Guide at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. 

Free Radon Test Kit through January

Get Your Free Radon Test Kit from Jefferson County Public Health
In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon, a dangerous and naturally-occurring radioactive gas. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and there is a simple way to prevent it. January is National Radon Action Month, and in recognition, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is encouraging the community to take steps to prevent exposure to radon. 

Testing is the only way to find out how much radon is in the air in your home. JCPH Environmental Health Services will provide free radon test kits to homeowners (one per household) in Jefferson County throughout January. Kits can be picked up at Jefferson County Public Health, located at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. Throughout the remainder of 2018, radon test kits will be available for purchase at $10 each. You can also contact Mitch Brown, JCPH Senior Environmental Health Specialist.