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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


Morning Birding Species List | October 6, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: clear skies
Location: Hallam Lake and Smith Open Space

Species Identified      

Canada Goose
Mallard (pictured above)
Red-tailed Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee


Morning Birding Species List | September 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Eurasian Collared-dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie


Morning Birding Species List | September 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: overcast
Location: Hallam Lake and Aspen Community Garden/Marolt

Species Identified      

Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee


Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | September 15, 2015

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: rainy and overcast, clearing to partly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch


Morning Birding Species List | November 8, 2015

Tuesday, November 8, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified      

Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow


Monitoring Forest Health from Above

As climate change continues to trigger dramatic changes in our forest ecosystems, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) For the Forest program is committed to producing groundbreaking scientific research on forest issues and actively restoring our forest landscapes.