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RBR News | April 29, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
The team at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch has been working extra hard during the last few weeks to get the Ranch ready for summer. There are a few large projects in the works that will improve guest experience as well as efficiency for our agricultural production.


Anatomy of a Prescribed Fire: Avalanche Creek - Filoha Meadows

On April 4th, 2016, the White River National Forest, in partnership with Pitkin County OST, CO Parks & Wildlife, and Carbondale Fire, conducted a 500-acre prescribed fire on the slopes above Avalanche Creek Campground and Filoha Meadows. The burn targeted shrub, pinyon-juniper, aspen, and grassy vegetation in areas that provide critical habitat for bighorn sheep and other native wildlife. Following an extensive planning and monitoring process, a suitable burn window presented itself this spring.


Interview with Jayni Chase in Honor of Earth Day

On April 22nd, 1970, the United States celebrated its first Earth Day. This year marks the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day, and ACES is celebrating by designating April as Earth Day month at the Hallam Lake Visitor’s Center and Nature Preserve.


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


Coming Full Circle

Posted in Kids' Corner

It’s been two and a half months since my first day as an ACES Educator in the ACES Ed classroom at Aspen Elementary School. It’s been 17 years since I myself was a bright eyed 4th grader “helping” construct the very classroom over which I now preside.  


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


Mentoring a Middle Schooler: Survival Techniques, Trail Cameras, and Mutual Growth

Posted in Kids' Corner
Over the past few months I have had the privilege to share the things I love most about ACES and Hallam Lake with a 6th grade student from Aspen Middle School through their mentorship program. Bodie is an inspiring young environmental steward and together we have had some incredible experiences that have helped us connect with the place we both call home.



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 


The Power of Field Programs-2nd grade on top of Aspen Mountain

Posted in Kids' Corner

Every year, 2nd grade students from Aspen, Basalt, and Crystal River Elementary schools ride up the Silver Queen gondola, duck the ski boundary rope, and head out Richmond Ridge on a snowshoe challenge course. As they walk, signs appear that invite students to try and experience the winter world as one of the winter animal residents that inhabit our local subalpine landscape.