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    06  Nov

    Antler Velvet - Caught in the Act

    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.  

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    04  Nov

    Morning Birding Species List | November 3, 2015

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 8AM - 11AM
    Weather: sunny, breezy
    Location: Hallam Lake, North Star Nature Preserve

    Species Identified      

    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Black-Capped Chickadee
    Black-billed Magpie
    Stellar’s Jay
    Canadian Goose


    Mallard Duck
    Belted Kingfisher (pictured above)
    American Crow
    American Dipper

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    30  Oct

    Excitement about Energy Efficiency at Rock Bottom Ranch

    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.

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    26  Oct

    Innovative New Online Tool Illustrates Future Forest Change

    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.

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