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2014 Christmas Bird Count - Recap

This year's Aspen area Audubon Christmas Bird Count was a successful and enjoyable day for the 15+ participants who helped census local birds within the designated 15-mile diameter circle in which our local count takes place. After nearly 3 weeks of warm, sunny weather, count day brought a return to winter. The day was cloudy with light-to-moderate snow falling off and on. This type of weather causes some of the birds to hunker down. Thus, our count results were a bit lower than other years when weather was more favorable to bird activity.

Why Do I Teach Environmental Education?

Posted in Kids' Corner

As an ACES Educator at Basalt Elementary School (BES) I teach around three hundred students, kindergarten through fourth grade, on a six-day rotation. Recently in the ACES Ed classroom, kindergarteners have been learning about the physical characteristics of local animals. This unit explores the kindergarten science standard that a living organism has physical characteristics that help it survive.

Register your Bird Feeder for the Aspen Area Audubon Christmas Bird Count

ACES is mapping local bird feeders for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Aspen area! Because birds tend to gather at food sources such as back yard feeders, knowing the locations of local feeders will enable us to gather the most accurate data for the Aspen area count.

Learning from the Ground Up: Exploring Soil and Cultivating Scientific Inquiry with AES First Graders

Posted in Kids' Corner

It doesn’t take long for first graders at Aspen Elementary School (AES) to get their hands dirty in ACES Ed class. After spending their kindergarten year getting to know local animals, first graders re-enter ACES in-school environmental science education program eager to explore the natural world as backyard ecologists. And what better way to cultivate an early appreciation of the environment than by exploring and learning about soil – one of earth’s most essential building blocks. 

Morning Birding Species List | December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake, Cemetary Lane