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Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: mostly cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

North Star Birding: The South Side of the River | August 11, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: North Star

RBR News | July 19, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

RBR News | July 7, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
June tends to be the busiest month of the year at the Ranch, and this year was no exception. The first weeks of June signal the beginning of the farmers’ market season in our area, the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Heritage Fire and Grand Cochon in Snowmass Village, ACES annual Picnic on the Preserve, and our first Farm to Table Dinner of the year. Additionally this year, we were very involved in the Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), which generally kicks off the last week of June.   

Tune In! Bird Songs & Behaviors Species List | June 30 & July 1, 2016

Thursday & Friday, June 30 &* July 1, 2016, 9AM - 4PM
Location: Hallam Lake, North Star Nature Preserve, Independence Pass & Rock Bottom Ranch

Native Flows and the Functions of North Star Nature Preserve

Over the past two weeks temperatures rose, snow in the high country melted, and creeks and rivers hit their high mark for the year in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. 

We have been very interested in how the shutting down of the Twin Lakes diversion affected Roaring Fork River (RFR) flows into North Star Nature Preserve and Aspen. For more about on the Twin Lakes diversion check out this article from Aspen Journalism.

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List | June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

RBR News | June 9, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Since the dawn of time - or at least since Jason Smith has taken the reins down at Rock Bottom Ranch - chickens have followed sheep. They also follow three goats and few donkeys. I realize some might be scratching their heads when I talk about chickens following sheep, so first let me back up a little. Not quite to the dawn of time, just a few hundred years.

Morning Birding Species List | June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake

Assessment in the ACES Ed Classroom

Posted in Kids' Corner

One of my long-term goals in the ACES Environmental Ed classroom at Aspen Elementary School has been to improve student assessment in 3rd and 4th grade. In ACES Ed, each grade level’s curriculum consists of 28 lessons that are divided into three or four units. These units weave state science standards together with place-based experiential lessons to create an environmental education experience that is both rooted in science and relevant to the natural environments where our students live.