Van K. Graham, Retired from Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Rebecca Weiss & Mark Fuller, Birds of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley
Mark Varien, Ph.D.

Creating an American Nile: The Colorado River Forgotten Global History

Wednesday, January 2 | 6PM | Third Street Center, Carbondale
Thursday, January 3 | 6PM | Hallam Lake, Aspen

The Colorado River has long served as an icon of the arid American West and the central character in the story of human manipulation of water resources in the United States. However, the Colorado River Basin has shaped and been shaped by the development and use of rivers around the world.

In the opening Naturalist Nights presentation of 2019, Sara Porterfield will explore the history of a global exchange of information, technology, and ideology between the Colorado River Basin and international river basins in the late nineteenth century—an exchange that continues to the present day. Through stories of the engineers, bureaucrats, policymakers, and whitewater boaters who traveled to and from the Colorado River Basin to rivers around the world, she will show how the international history of the Colorado River Basin can help us better understand the past while also providing valuable lessons and insights for current policymaking and water management decisions.

Sara Porterfield, Ph.D., is a historian, river guide, educator, author, and founder of Tributaries Consulting whose work focuses on the Colorado River Basin and water in the American West.

Naturalist Nights are made possible through a partnership between Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and Roaring Fork Audubon. In addition, we thank the following sponsors for their support of the Naturalist Nights program: