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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


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.


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!


Wild Words in ACES Ed

Posted in Kids' Corner

“Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.” 
Shel Silverstein


RBR News | December 22, 2015

Posted in Ranch Report

Monday, December 21st was the winter solstice, marking the longest night of the year. From this point forward, until the summer solstice in June, the days begin to get longer. This time of year an old farmer friend of mine always notes, “summer is just around the corner.”