Naturalist Nights

Gray wolf reintroduction talk has ranchers seeing red

A presentation by an advocate of gray wolf reintroduction in Colorado spurred howls of protest among numerous ranchers and some sportsmen Thursday night at a packed house in Carbondale. Biologist Mike Phillips made the case in his presentation that western Colorado provides the perfect habitat for gray wolves because of vast stretches of public land, abundant prey and substantial support among residents. Phillips led the acclaimed wolf recovery program in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He said Colorado is the critical "arc stone" territory for restoring wolf habitat from the Arctic down to Mexico. "It's a discussion that's at least due, if [...]

Gray wolf reintroduction talk has ranchers seeing red 2018-05-07T18:19:24+00:00

‘Nature should be free’: Public lands expert discusses policy

Dr. Melanie Armstrong teaches environmental policy and history at Western State Colorado University. She was in the Roaring Fork Valley last week as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy. Read Full Article >> 

‘Nature should be free’: Public lands expert discusses policy 2018-04-27T20:00:10+00:00

Osprey expert: Birds of prey show health of ecosystem

Jasmine Finks has spent years rehabilitating injured osprey and educating people about the birds of prey. Finks was in Aspen last week as part of the Naturalist Nights speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy. Read Full Article >>

Osprey expert: Birds of prey show health of ecosystem 2018-04-27T20:00:29+00:00

Naturalist Nights Start with Dr. John Hausdoerffer on Wildness and Renewal

This year’s Naturalist Nights begin tonight, featuring Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Executive Director of the Center for Environment & Sustainability at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. Hausdoerffer recently co-edited a collection of essays titled Wildness: Relations of People and Place with Gavin Van Horn and takes a contemporary look at wildness with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Read Full Article >>

Naturalist Nights Start with Dr. John Hausdoerffer on Wildness and Renewal 2018-04-18T16:50:19+00:00

Biologist to speak about protecting Colorado’s cutthroat trout

Recent genetic studies on native cutthroat trout in Colorado revealed a previously unrecognized subspecies in the Roaring Fork Valley — one that is so new it still doesn’t have a name. As part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series, Kendall Bakich with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how understanding the history of these trout can help preserve species diversity. Read Full Article >>

Biologist to speak about protecting Colorado’s cutthroat trout 2018-04-17T16:14:36+00:00

Colorado Parks and Wildlife moving forward with plan to kill bears, mountain lions as part of declining mule deer population study

CARBONDALE — While Colorado Parks and Wildlife is moving forward with a study in which bears and mountain lions will be killed to see if that helps the declining mule deer population, research on the subject is far from definitive, a Colorado State University professor told environmentalists last week. In fact, George Wittemyer, a professor in the CSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, suggested that killing predators will have little effect on deer numbers. He spoke at Wilderness Workshop's Naturalist Night. Wittemyer said he believes that habitat treatment would be a better focus for CPW research. By habitat treatment, [...]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife moving forward with plan to kill bears, mountain lions as part of declining mule deer population study 2018-04-17T19:55:21+00:00

Are predators real cause for declining mule deer?

CARBONDALE — While Colorado Parks and Wildlife is moving forward with a study in which bears and mountain lions will be killed to see if that helps the declining mule deer population, research on the subject is far from definitive, a Colorado State University professor told environmentalists last week. In fact, George Wittemyer, a professor in the CSU Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, suggested that killing predators will have little effect on deer numbers. He spoke at Wilderness Workshop's Naturalist Night. Wittemyer said he believes that habitat treatment would be a better focus for CPW research. By habitat treatment, [...]

Are predators real cause for declining mule deer? 2018-04-18T17:29:14+00:00

Oil and gas development impacts wildlife

Energy development in northwest Colorado cuts roads and brings traffic into prime wildlife habitat. Researcher George Wittemyer studies how such development impacts deer populations and will speak about his work as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series this week. Read Full Article >>

Oil and gas development impacts wildlife 2018-04-17T16:16:41+00:00

Naturalist Nights continue with wildlife and energy lecture

Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon are about halfway through their Naturalist Nights winter speaker series. With topics ranging from wildlife biology to geology, and climate science to environmental policy, they run Wednesdays at the Third Street Center (520 S. 3rd St., Carbondale) and Thursdays at ACES (100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen). Early bird Sopris Sun readers still have a chance to catch Sarah Reed’s presentation, titled “Balancing Outdoor Recreation with Wildlife Conservation in Protected Lands” on Feb. 9 “Energy Development Impacts on Wildlife: Lessons Learned for the Next Energy Boom” with George Wittemyer is [...]

Naturalist Nights continue with wildlife and energy lecture 2018-04-18T18:24:57+00:00

Researcher: ‘Charmed climate’ in Roaring Fork Valley

Communities across Colorado are working to understand how climate change might affect future water supplies. University of Colorado researcher Jeff Lukas will speak as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series this week. He told Elizabeth Stewart-Severy that the Roaring Fork Valley has seen fewer climate risks than elsewhere in the state. Read Full Article >>

Researcher: ‘Charmed climate’ in Roaring Fork Valley 2018-04-17T16:21:10+00:00