Winter nature talks scheduled in Carbondale, Aspen |

Winter nature talks scheduled in Carbondale, Aspen


Carbondale schedule:

Jan. 6: Should Wolves Be Restored to Colorado? — Delia Malone, wildlife team chairperson, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Jan. 13: The Challenges of Advocating for Mountain Lion Conservation — Wendy Keefover, native carnivore protection manager, Humane Society of the U.S.

Jan. 20: The Red Fox: Natural History and Winter Ecology — Patrick Magee, director of Thornton Biology Research Program, Western State Colorado University

Jan. 27: The Hungry Bird: What Birds Eat — David Leatherman, former forest entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, author of “The Hungry Bird” column in Colorado Birds

Feb. 3: Neonicitinoid Pesticides & Their Impact on Honeybees & Other Pollinators — Ed Colby, beekeeper

Feb. 10: The Biggest Global Change You’ve Never Heard of: How Nitrogen is Affecting Colorado’s High Country —- Jill Baron, research ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, and senior research scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Feb. 17: Do Spruce Beetles Make Forest Fires More Severe? Field Evidence from the San Juan Mountains – Robbie Andrus, Ph.D. student, Biogeography Lab, University of Colorado Boulder

Feb. 23: The Gold King Spill: Impacts on the Animas River – Marcie Demmy Bidwell, executive director with Scott Roberts, water program director, Mountain Studies Institute

March 2: From Cottonwoods to Cut Banks: Is River Restoration Working in the Desert Southwest? – Shannon Hatch, restoration coordinator, Tamarisk Coalition

March 9: Good Fire, Bad Fire & the State of Our Landscapes & Communities Without Fire – Jim Genung, prescribed fire & fuels specialist, White River National Forest

Naturalist Nights and Potbelly Perspectives, two popular community programs, begin this week in Carbondale and Aspen.

Naturalist Nights, a free speaker series presented by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon, brings experts to our region to explore environmental issues through slide shows and conversation. The free series, which includes 20 presentations through March 10, starts at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale and at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Hallam Lake in Aspen.

Presentations will be filmed and aired on GrassRoots TV as well as archived for free viewing on ACES’, Wilderness Workshop’s and GrassRoots’ websites, and on ACES’ YouTube Channel.

Naturalist Nights have been a staple of ACES’ community programming since 1998. Wilderness Workshop partnered with ACES in 2007 to co-host the popular series, adding the Wednesday night presentations in Carbondale. In 2012, Roaring Fork Audubon joined the partnership.

“We are excited to announce a fantastic lineup in 2016,” said Wilderness Workshop Director Sloan Shoemaker. “As always, we are pleased to invite the public to attend these educational and entertaining talks free of charge.”

Presentation topics this year include: wildlife biology discussions about wolves, mountain lion and red fox; threats to beekeeping; forest health issues; and a retrospective on the Animas River mine spill, among others.

Naturalist Nights kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Carbondale and Thursday, Jan. 7, in Aspen with “Should Wolves Be Restored to Colorado?” with Delia Malone, wildlife team chairperson at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Potbelly Perspectives, a narrated slide show series presented by ACES, features Aspen locals or visitors sharing exciting accounts of world travel and adventure. The series, which includes 10 presentations through March 9, runs at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Hallam Lake in Aspen. The series is free for ACES members and $5 for nonmembers.

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