Morning Birding Species List | July 7, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: partly cloudy
Locations: Hallam Lake and Ute Cemetery

Morning Birding Species List | June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: sunny
Locations: Hallam Lake, James Smith Open Space, and North Star Nature Preserve

RBR News | June 19, 2015

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
The first couple weeks of June tend to be the busiest weeks of the season for agricultural production (and everything else) at Rock Bottom Ranch! We are harvesting the first rounds of outdoor cool season crops (salad, arugula, root vegetables, greens, etc.), planting outdoor warm season crops (squash, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.), and seeding the fall cool season crops.

Birding on Independence Pass Species List | June 18, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6AM - 2:30PM
Weather: sunny
Location: North Star Nature Preserve, Difficult Campground, Grottos, Braille Trail, Lower Lost Man, Top of Independence Pass

Morning Birding Species List | June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: Partly cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Morning Birding Species List | June 9, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: sunny and clear
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

2015 Aspen Area Spring Migration Bird Count - Recap

Tuesday, May 29, 2015, 7AM - 1PM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: North Star Nature Preserve, Maroon Creek Wetlands, West Buttermilk, Castle Creek

RBR News | May 29, 2015

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
We have been playing mother duck for the past 28 days, and it has finally paid off! Twelve little duckings hatched out of our incubator this Thursday. 

RBR News | May 22, 2015

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Another wet week at the Ranch challenged our vegetable schedule yet again. We must wait for dryer conditions to use big equipment like a tractor or tiller in order to avoid soil compaction, which decreases porosity. Luckily, Harper and Christian were able to find enough of a break in the weather to make furrows and get the potatoes planted for the season!

Teaching with Puppets

Posted in Kids' Corner

Last fall, first graders at Basalt Elementary School became enamored with “Wormy,” the worm sock puppet that guided them through their soil unit in ACES Ed class. This spring, a caterpillar puppet named Crunch helped Kindergarteners at Aspen Elementary School with lessons in their insect unit. The students were thrilled to find that, just like the caterpillars they were observing live, Crunch the puppet also transformed into a butterfly! ACES educators constantly seek out new ways to make learning engaging and fun.