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 the next event to come downvalley on Feb. 15 (16 in Aspen).

Wittemyer, an associate professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, is well aware that he’s touching on a controversial topic.

“Sometimes these interest groups have a different perspective, and you have to come forward and find a balance point,” he said. “There are interesting questions to discuss about what we value as a society, the different options in front of us and how to move forward.”

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