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Smokey Skies from Aspen Mountain

Persistent smoke the past few days isn’t just from local fires. Due to an extremely unusual configuration of the jet stream, much of the West is being blanketed in smoke from wildfires raging in California.


Morning Birding Species List | July 31, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Aspen Community Garden


Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | July 24, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: Sunny, with wildfire smoke
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch and Rio Grande Trail


Hummingbird Study | July 17, 2018

Rufous Hummingbirds observed during Morning Birding with ACES.

Walking through the forest in and around Aspen, it is not unusual to hear the loud, high-pitched vibration of a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird whizzing past. The males of this species have specialized primary feathers that taper out and away from its body to create this sound, announcing its presence while aggressively defending its territory. The Broad-tailed “hummer” is commonly-recognized as our resident species, but is actually one of four hummingbird species that can be found in the Roaring Fork Valley. 


Morning Birding Species List | July 2, 2018

Tuesday, July 2, 2018, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Aspen Grove Cemetery,


Fire Danger: Putting this year in perspective

Smokey the Bear high fire danger

There’s no doubt that fire danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is high. Today the US Forest Service along with Pitkin and Eagle counties put a fire ban in place. And by now we’ve all seen a Smokey the Bear sign with the words “Very High” or “Extreme” but how serious is the danger? The news isn’t good.


North Star Birding Series Species List | June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: Light cloud cover
Location: North Star Nature Preserve


Morning Birding Species List | June 19, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR) and Buckhorn Trail


Morning Birding Species List | June 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and private residence east of North Star Nature Preserve


North Star Birding Series Species List | June 7, 2018

Tuesday, June 7, 2018, 7AM - 9AM
Location: North Star Nature Preserve and James Smith Open Space


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