Naturalist Nights


***Our Naturalist Nights series has come to an end after a very successful and informative season.  You can watch the videos here***

Each winter WW partners with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Roaring Fork Audubon to co-host the popular Naturalist Nights speaker series. The presentations are held on 10 consecutive Wednesdays at Carbondale’s Third Street Center and Thursdays at ACES in January, February and March. Topics range from wildlife biology to geology, from climate science to environmental policy.

Presentations are Wednesdays at Third Street Center, Carbondale at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at ACES – Hallam Lake, Aspen at 7:00 pm.

New this year: Continuing Education Certificates available upon request
Educators can earn free Continuing Education hours for each nights’ presentation (1hour per week); no minimum necessary, earn up to 10 hours. Be sure to sign-in each night you attend. Contact with questions.


4 (C) & 5 (A) Mimicking Nature: Engineering for the Environment
April Long, Stormwater Manager, City of Aspen

11(C) & 12 (A) Beyond Mastodons and Mammoths: The Latest Scientific Understanding from the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery
Stephanie Lukowski, Paleontologist, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

18(C) & 19 (A) Welcome to Subirdia
John Marzluff, Ph.D., Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington

25(C) & 26 (A) Warmer—But to What End? The Past, Present, and Future Climates of the Roaring Fork Valley
Jeff Lukas, Research Integration Specialist, University of Colorado Boulder


1(C) & 2 (A) The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas Project
Lynn Wickersham, Research Associate, San Juan Institute for Cultural and Natural Resources, Fort Lewis College

8(C) & 9 (A) Balancing Outdoor Recreation with Wildlife Conservation in Protected Lands
Sarah E. Reed, Ph.D., CSU and Sarah L. Thomas, Ph.D., Sarah Thomas Consulting, LLC

15(C) & 16 (A) Energy Development Impacts on Wildlife: Lessons Learned for the Next Energy Boom
George Wittemyer, Associate Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University

22(C) & 23 (A) Public Response to Fire Management: Conventional Wisdom vs. Reality
Sarah McCaffrey, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, US Forest Service



1 (C) & 2 (A) Cutthroat Trout: Conservation Through Uncertainty
Kendall Bakich, Fisheries Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Tues. 7 (A) (**Non-Standard Date**) & Wed. 8 (C) Small Mountain Owls
Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute



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