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The roaring Fork is Roaring

Roaring Fork River streamflow

The Roaring Fork River has certainly been living up to its name this past week, reaching peak flow thanks to a combination of steady warm temperatures, melting snow in the high country, and the suspension of the Twin Lakes diversion near the river’s headwaters (more on that in a minute). As water recreationalists rejoice during this period of high flow, water managers and conservationists have been keeping a close eye on how the annual spring runoff progresses.


Morning Birding Species List | April 4, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: snowing lightly
Location: ACES at Hallam Lake and Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee 

     


Fire Causes in the Roaring Fork Valley

Who starts more fires in the Roaring Fork Valley, Mother Nature or humans? A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that humans ignite the vast majority of wildfires in the US. The research was conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder and examines trends in wildland ignitions and size in the US between 1992 and 2012.


Morning Birding Species List | March 7, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Slaughterhouse area of Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified  

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker (pictured above)
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Woodhouse's Scrub-jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow


Not Every Number Tells the Same Story

Measuring something is surprisingly complicated. For example, when measuring how ‘big’ a tree is, how do we define size? Is it the height of the tree, or the weight of a tree or maybe its width?  Do we measure height from the ground or from the roots? Is width the diameter of the trunk or the distance between the two furthest reaching branches? If answering the simple question of size is that complicated how do we answer a harder question like “how much forest are we losing?”


Morning Birding Species List | February 8, 2017

Tuesday, February 8, 2017, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Overcast
Location: Snowmass Vilage area hotspots


Snow and Water in the Roaring Fork Valley

The winter of 2016-17 is off to a great start here in the Roaring Fork Valley! 2017 kicked off with two big storm cycles, each dropping feet of snow on our mountains bringing smiles to the faces of skiers across town. But more importantly, these recent storms have significantly bolstered our snowpack.


Morning Birding Species List | January 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake and Red Butte Cemetery

Species Identified  
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
      

Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Dipper
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch (pictured above)


Morning Birding Sepcies List | December 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: overcast, 20° F
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified

Canada goose
Mallard
Ring-necked duck
Bald eagle (pictured above)
Belted kingfisher
Black-billed magpie
American crow
Black-capped chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
American dipper
House finch
American goldfinch


Morning Birding Species List | October 4, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified  

Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher (by ear)
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub-jay
Black-billed Magpie