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Morning Birding Species List | April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:30AM - 10:03AM
Weather: changeable, partly clear
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified
  

Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Great blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie


Snow for All

What does snow mean to you? For some, it recollects cold days spent inside by a warm fire, while for others snow means the opportunity to ski, sled, toss around snowballs, or build a snowman. Winter invites us to explore what snow means to us and some of the ways snow impacts our lives, as well as the lives of plants and wildlife. This month at ACES at Hallam Lake, we invite locals and visitors to learn about and explore snow! 


Morning Birding Species List | March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: high thin clouds, 28 F.
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified
      

Canada Goose (pictured above)
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Blted Kingfisher
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee


Morning Birding Species List | February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8AM - 11AM
Location: Hallam Lake and the Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee 


All About Owls

Winter in the Roaring Fork Valley is truly a special time for nature lovers of all ages. Observing  wildlife thrive, even in the chilliest of weather, reminds us to appreciate all of the incredible adaptations that make winter survival possible. This month at ACES at Hallam Lake, we invite locals and visitors to learn about masters of adaptations, and some of nature’s stealthiest hunters, owls!


Whooo Would have Thought?

On December 9th, 2015, ACES trail cameras captured footage of a Great Horned Owl with a trout in its talons. Current ACES staff have never witnessed this behavior before. Owls typically feed on small rodents, hunting them at night.


Seasonal Changes at Basalt Elementary School

In ACES Ed class at Basalt Elementary School, students have the opportunity to observe and experience the amazing transformations that plants undergo throughout the school year. The school garden, trees, bushes and the nearby Frying Pan River are our backdrops for gauging what is happening in the natural world every day.


Morning Birding Species List | December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: mostly clear
Location: Hallam Lake and Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified
      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Steller's Jay


Antler Velvet - Caught in the Act

Male deer, elk, and moose have antlers, which they shed every spring, only to re-grow them again over the summer. ACES staff was lucky to catch a critical part of this annual cycle on our trail cameras recently at Hallam Lake.

Deer and elk typically shed their antlers around March and April, when the animals’ testosterone levels are at their lowest. The decreased amount of testosterone causes the bone connecting the antler to the skull to deteriorate, enabling the antler to fall off.  


Morning Birding Species List | November 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: sunny, breezy
Location: Hallam Lake, North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified      

White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-billed Magpie
Stellar’s Jay
Canadian Goose

 

Mallard Duck
Belted Kingfisher (pictured above)
American Crow
American Dipper