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Native Flows and the Functions of North Star Nature Preserve

Over the past two weeks temperatures rose, snow in the high country melted, and creeks and rivers hit their high mark for the year in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. 

We have been very interested in how the shutting down of the Twin Lakes diversion affected Roaring Fork River (RFR) flows into North Star Nature Preserve and Aspen. For more about on the Twin Lakes diversion check out this article from Aspen Journalism.

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List | June 14, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

RBR News | June 9, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
Since the dawn of time - or at least since Jason Smith has taken the reins down at Rock Bottom Ranch - chickens have followed sheep. They also follow three goats and few donkeys. I realize some might be scratching their heads when I talk about chickens following sheep, so first let me back up a little. Not quite to the dawn of time, just a few hundred years.

Morning Birding Species List | June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake

Assessment in the ACES Ed Classroom

Posted in Kids' Corner

One of my long-term goals in the ACES Environmental Ed classroom at Aspen Elementary School has been to improve student assessment in 3rd and 4th grade. In ACES Ed, each grade level’s curriculum consists of 28 lessons that are divided into three or four units. These units weave state science standards together with place-based experiential lessons to create an environmental education experience that is both rooted in science and relevant to the natural environments where our students live.

North Star Birding: Rails & Snipes | May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30AM - 8:30AM
Weather: sunny, clear
Location: North Star

RBR News | May 26, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
The Ranch’s new honey bees are in their new homes and settling well. It was quite an adventure to get them, so we’re relieved that the installation of the bee nuc and subsequent inspections have been smooth and successful. The Agriculture staff at the Ranch is pretty excited for this new endeavor – we are all beginner beekeepers, but enthusiastic nonetheless! 

RBR News | May 19, 2016

Posted in Ranch Report

Around the Ranch
After a string of unplanned events, minor delays, and a broken truck, things finally began to come together last weekend ahead of a busy week at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch. This week, we have a full plate - installation of a new pizza oven, juggling vegetable soil prep and planting, and, perhaps most excitingly, introduction of new beehives.

Morning Birding Species List | May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: partly cloudy, cool.
Location: Hallam Lake, the Library, and Woody Creek


Hunter Creek Prescribed Fire: A Victory for Collaborative Restoration

On May 14th, 2016, following an extensive planning and monitoring process, a suitable spring burn window presented itself for the USFS White River National Forest and Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit to conduct a prescribed fire on the south-facing slopes in the Hunter Creek Valley.