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Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | September 25, 2013

Well it’s happening. The clear days and cold nights that are a hallmark of September in the Aspen area have finally appeared following a rainy/snowy start to the month. The cold nights are a cue for the aspen leaves to change from green to yellow. Typically we can count on this change during the last half of September. In 2012 the main color change was around the fifteenth of September and in 2013 it is looking like peak will be the last few days of the month. The comparison photo above shows Red Mountain last year and this year on September 25. Quite a different story.


First Snowfall up Castle Creek

The first snowfall of the year is always a special occasion.  Having lived at Toklat a couple years, I am starting to notice the changes from year to year.


Morning Birding Species List | September 24, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers weekly Morning Birding classes at their Hallam Lake site in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes in Aspen and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Morning Birding Species List | September 17, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers weekly Morning Birding classes at their Hallam Lake site in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes in Aspen and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | September 16, 2013

Rain, Rain, Rain..Still in a Drought?

When it rains day after day and stories of floods fill the news many people ask us if the drought is over.  It’s not. Check out the national drought monitor. The accumulated precipitation for 2013 is still well below the 30 year average. 2012 was worse. It takes a long time to catch up.

I took a  look at precipitation data for this monsoon season (July-September) from the Pitkin County Airport.


Morning Birding Species List | September 10, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers weekly Morning Birding classes at their Hallam Lake site in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes in Aspen and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7 AM - 10 AM


Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | September 2, 2013

On my way back from Crested Butte this past weekend my gatherer's eyes found a lot of berries to munch on and mushrooms to bring home. I also spotted a few Mormon crickets, Anabrus simplex, which are not high on my gathering list as of yet, though were a valuable food source for many native American people.  


ACES Welcomes New Education Director

Posted in Bulletin Board

Arin Trook joins full-time staff to direct regional education program.