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RBR News | February 28, 2017

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Mother Nature teased us with some sunshine and warm weather last week and just as we were getting into the “swing of spring,” she abruptly reminded us that it is still winter. Even though we are seeing some overnight temps in the single digits this week, spring is just around the corner and the team at Rock Bottom Ranch is busy preparing for the upcoming season.   


Morning Birding Species List | February 8, 2017

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


RBR News | January 21, 2017

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Winter at the Rock Bottom Ranch is a bit slower than summer: our growing is limited to our hoop houses and living wall, and the overall harvesting slows a bit in January. But no matter the season, there is always something exciting happening at the Ranch!


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)


RBR News | December 29, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Winter is one of my favorite times of the year as a farmer. The cold weather and short days almost force us into a time of reflection, planning and research. This year is no different and the Rock Bottom Ranch agricultural team has spent the better part of December reading books, finalizing 2017 growing plans, and designing new infrastructure to make our work in 2017 even more productive and efficient.  


Animals Preparing (and Excelling) for Winter

Posted in Kids' Corner

As we anxiously count up the inches on top of Aspen’s mountains, many of our furry animals have also been taking count. Winter is upon us, but, we still hear Magpie’s squaw, startle groups of deer, and find increasing numbers of animal track marks. So how are these animals able to survive the frigid temps while I struggle even with my down jacket and thermos of hot chocolate? The answer is more complicated than it appears and, in ACES Ed, we are making sure credit is given where credit is due.


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


Energy Experts: Project-Based Learning in Action at Crystal River Elementary School

Posted in Kids' Corner

At the start of the 2016/2017 school year, Crystal River Elementary School adopted the Project-Based Learning Initiative (PBL) to guide their pedagogy. Throughout the year, Crystal River Educators will strive to implement this teaching method, which enables students to gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.


Every Family in a Park

Posted in Kids' Corner

The frost clinging to our pop-up camper is starting to slowly melt on this frigid morning in Yellowstone National Park. Mom is the first to wake (as usual) and starts to prep our breakfast. A loud, “AHH!” promptly wakes up the rest of the family. Alarmed, I look over to my mom - who is staring out of our open camper door, locking eyes with a very large bison. My brother and I, extremely amused, unzip our windows to find bison completely surrounding our campsite! I am fascinated and excited to be so close to these incredible animals.