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Studying the Roaring Fork Watershed with Aspen Elementary School 4th Grade

Posted in Kids' Corner

You turn on the tap to wash your hands at Aspen Elementary School.  Where does that water come from?  It goes down the drain mixed with soap and dirt.  Where does it go?  How can we find out if the water in our local rivers, lakes, snow, plants, and soil is healthy and clean?


Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | December 6, 2013

The powerful winter storm that just passed through our area closed schools and made traveling difficult. The storm also slowed a young Common Loon Gavia immer pictured above. It must have quite a story of how it came to rest near Aspen Village earlier this week.


ACES Launches Rock Bottom Ranch Kitchen Campaign

Posted in Bulletin Board

Fundraising campaign to support sustainable agriculture education.


Morning Birding Species List | December 3, 2013

Throughout the fall, winter and spring ACES offers monthly Morning Birding classes at our Hallam Lake site in Aspen. 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 and register today for upcoming birding classes!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Weather: overcast, 30% ice coverage on the lake
Locations: Hallam Lake and Hunter Creek Trail


Welcoming a New Member to the ACES Family

The ACES family extends beyond our staff and members and includes the amazing animals that help us educate people from all over world. One very special group of animals in the ACES family is our birds of prey, or raptors.

This summer we welcomed a new member to our family, a female Red-tailed Hawk. All of our resident birds have suffered a permanent injury, preventing them from being able to be released into the wild.  Our Red-tailed Hawk has a fracture of her right ulna and radius, which can be seen in the diagram below:


ACES Site Awarded Top Animal Welfare Certification

Posted in Bulletin Board

Environmental site earns AWA certification, highlighting the link between agriculture and sustainability.


Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | November 11, 2013

Mule deer Odocoileus hemionus have been the focus of my family’s wildlife watching over the past week. They have been frequently seen along the Rio Grande Trail and at Hallam Lake as the rut (mating season) approaches. On November 3rd these bucks were sparring in the yard. Later the same day the bigger buck was thrashing willows. Things are heating up. 


Morning Birding Species List | November 5, 2013

Throughout the fall, winter and spring ACES offers monthly Morning Birding classes at our Hallam Lake site in Aspen. 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 and register today for upcoming birding classes!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Weather:  snowing lightly and 4" of snow on the ground
Locations: Hallam Lake and lower Hunter Creek Trail


Kids First Environmental Education Conference

Posted in Kids' Corner

“Time outside is where kids truly learn about life….” - Robin Moore, Director, Natural Learning Initiative


Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | October 28, 2013

Since spring this blog has paid special attention to the shrubs in the Aspen area.  We witnessed an amazing flowering season, followed by more berries than anyone can remember. Now we're focusing on our feathered and furry friends that feast on the shrubs' fruit, berries! Bear conflicts have almost been a non-issue in town this summer and fall because of the bumper crop of berries. They should be going into their dens full and fat in the next couple of weeks.