Submitted by Emily Chase on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:34
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!
Submitted by Eliza Greenman on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 18:00
Posted in Kids' Corner
Submitted by Jason Smith on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 18:00
Posted in Ranch Report
Submitted by ACES Educator on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 14:20
On December 9th, 2015, ACES trail cameras captured footage of a Great Horned Owl with a trout in its talons. Current ACES staff have never witnessed this behavior before. Owls typically feed on small rodents, hunting them at night.
Submitted by ACES Educator on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 17:37
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.
Submitted by Guest Author on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 01:00
Submitted by ACES Educator on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 11:22
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.
Submitted by Guest Author on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 01:00
Submitted by ACES Educator on Fri, 10/30/2015 - 09:18
Posted in Ranch Report
The word “energy” has been buzzworthy around ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch lately. This is due in part to significant clean energy upgrades underway at the Ranch, as well as the fourth grade Energy Unit that ACES Educators are currently teaching in the ACES Ed classrooms at Basalt and Crystal River Elementary schools.
Submitted by Chris Lane on Mon, 10/26/2015 - 18:00
Posted in Bulletin Board
Aspen, Colorado, October 27, 2015 — Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a Colorado-based science education nonprofit, has developed an interactive online tool Forest Forecasts, which illustrates future forest change under best- and worst-case climate change scenarios. The tool utilizes innovative technologies to display detailed views of current forests that utilize cutting-edge climate models to generate high-resolution portrayals of what Western forests are likely to look like in the future.