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It Only Needs Defenders
Wilderness Workshop’s 50th Anniversary Film

Naturalist Nights 2018

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.

CO-EcologyMar. 7 –  Ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau: What Does the Future Hold?
Jayne Belnap, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey

Guano-thumbFeb. 28 – Guarding the World’s Finest Guano: A Story of Ecology and Economy
Scott A. Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Life-Times-CO-State-History-thumbFeb. 21- The Life and Times of Colorado: Our State’s Natural History
David Anderson, Director & Chief Scientist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University

Juniper-Pinyon-Climate-ChangeFeb. 14 – Pinyon-Juniper Woodland Response to Global Change: Climate, Management, and Recovery
Miranda Redmond, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Wolf-Recovery-ConservationFeb. 8 – A Biologist’s and Senator’s Look at Wolf Recovery and Conservation
Sen. Mike Phillips, Executive Director, Turner Endangered Species Fund, and State Senator, District 31, Montana

Colorado-Bluebird-thumbJan. 31 – Colorado’s Bluebirds and How You Can Help Them
Kevin Corwin, Project Chairman, Colorado Bluebird Project of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver

Geology-Glenwood-CanyonJan. 24 – Can Rocks Talk? Geology’s story from The Bottom of Glenwood Canyon to the Grottos
Garry Zabel, Professor Emeritus, Geology, Colorado Mountain College

nature-should-be-free-thumbJan. 17 – “Nature should be free!” Public Claims to Public Lands in the 21st Century
Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Public Lands Coordinator, Western State Colorado University

Osprey-thumbJan. 10 – Ultimate Fisher: The Osprey
Jasmine Finks, Osprey Moderator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space

The_Future_of_Wildness-thumbJan. 3 – The Future of Wildness
John Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Environment & Sustainability, Western State Colorado University


RESISTANCE: In the Courts & On the Ground
An evening with Wilderness Workshop and Earthjustice discussing conservation and our environment in the current political times.
April 5, 2017 The Mountain Chalet, Aspen


Naturalist Nights 2017

Mountain-Owls-thumbMar. 7, 2017 – Small Mountain Owls
Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute

TroutMar. 1, 2017 – Cutthroat Trout: Conservation Through Uncertainty
Kendall Bakich, Fisheries Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Fire-mgmtFeb. 22, 2017 – Public Response to Fire Management: Conventional Wisdom vs. Reality
Sarah McCaffrey, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, US Forest Service

Energy-development-on-wildlife-video-thumbFeb. 15, 2017 – 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

Balancing-Rec-and-Wildlife-videoFeb. 9, 2017 – 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

Bird-Breeding-Atlas-videoFeb. 2, 2017 –  The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas Project
Lynn Wickersham, Research Associate, San Juan Institute for Cultural and Natural Resources, Fort Lewis College

Warmer-but-to-what-endJan. 26, 2017 – 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

Welcome-to-SubirdiaJan. 19, 2017 – Welcome to Subirdia
John Marzluff, Ph.D., Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington

Beyond-MastadonsJan. 12, 2017 – Beyond Mastodons and Mammoths: The Latest Scientific Understanding from the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery
Stephanie Lukowski, Paleontologist, Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

Mimicking-NatureJan. 5, 2017 – Mimicking Nature: Engineering for the Environment
April Long, Stormwater Manager, City of Aspen

Naturalist Nights 2016

Good-fire-bad-fireMar. 9, 2016 – Good Fire, Bad Fire, and the State of our Landscapes and Communities Without Fire
Jim Genung, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist, White River National Forest

Restoration-in-SWMar. 2, 2016 – From Cottonwoods to Cut Banks: Is River Restoration Working in the Desert Southwest?
Shannon Hatch, Restoration Coordinator, Tamarisk Coalition

Gold-King-SpillFeb. 24, 2016 – The Gold King Spill:  Impacts on the Animas River
Marcie Demmy Bidwell, Executive Director, Mountain Studies Institute

Spruce-beetles-forest-fireFeb. 18, 2016 – Do Spruce Beetles Make Forest Fires More Severe? Field Evidence from the San Juan Mountains, CO
Robbie Andrus, Ph.D. student, Biogeography Lab at University of Colorado Bouldery

Nitrogen-high-countryFeb. 11, 2016 – The Biggest Global Change You’ve Never Heard of: How Nitrogen is Affecting Colorado’s High Country
Jill Baron, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, USGS, and Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University

Honeybees-Neonicitinoids-video-thumbFeb. 4, 2016 – Neonicitinoid Pesticides and Their Impact on Honeybees and Other Pollinators
Ed Colby, Beekeeper and Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

Hungry-Bird-video-thumbJan. 27, 2016 – The Hungry Bird:  What Birds Eat
David Leatherman, Author and Former Entomologist at Colorado State Forest Service

Red-Fox-video-thumbJan. 20, 2016 – The Red Fox: Natural History and Winter Ecology
Patrick Magee, Ph.D., Director, Thornton Biology Research Program, Western State Colorado University

Mtn-Lion-video-thumbJan. 14, 2016 – The Challenges of Advocating for Mountain Lion Conservation
Wendy Keefover, Native Carnivore Protection Manger, The Humane Society of the United States

Wolf-video-thumbJan. 7, 2016 – Should Wolves Be Restored to Colorado?
Delia Malone, Wildlife Team Chairperson, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Naturalist Nights 2015
Fire-HistoryMar. 11, 2015 – Fire in the Hunter Creek Valley
Jason Sibold, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Colorado State University

Lessons-in-wildlandsFeb. 26, 2015 – Lessons in Protecting Wildlands from Oil and Gas Development
Peter Aengst, Senior Director Northern Rockies Region, The Wilderness Society

Wilderness-Pecha-KuchaFeb. 18, 2015 – Wilderness Pecha Kucha
Slide show and performances by local artists and wilderness seekers

Wilderness-in-PerilFeb. 4, 2015 – Wilderness in Peril: Overuse in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Karen Schroyer, Aspen-Sopris District Ranger, White River National Forest

Adapting-to-Extremes-AlaskaJan. 29, 2015 – Adapting to Extremes: Life in Alaska’s Arctic
Andre Wille, Teacher, PolarTREC and Aspen High School

Capturing glacial changeJan. 22, 2015 – Capturing Glacial Change Through 3-Dimensional Time-Lapse Photography on the Helheim Glacier, Greenland
Adam LeWinter, PhD., Research Physical Scientist, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory

Western Yellow-billed CuckooJan. 15, 2015 – Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Colorado’s Newest Threatened Species
Jason Beason, Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Bears in AlaskaJan. 8, 2015 – How Bears Make a Living Off Salmon in Kodiak, Alaska
Will Deacy, Graduate Student, University of Montana

Naturalist Nights 2014

mastadonMar. 12, 2014 – Forests During the Time of the Mastodons
Dane Miller, Team Leader, Ziegler Reservoir Dig

Wilderness-Act-in-an-Era-of-Global-ChangeFeb. 26, 2014 – The Wilderness Act in an Era of Global Change
Greg Aplet, PhD., The Wilderness Society

Pecha-Kucha-for-Thompson-DivideFeb. 19, 2014 – Pecha Kucha for the Thompson Divide
Pecha Kucha Troop, Local supporters for the Thompson Divide

Alpine-treeline-laser-mappingFeb. 13, 2014 – Response of the Alpine Treeline to Climate Change on Pikes Peak
Miroslav Kummel, Colorado College
NOTE: Due to technical difficulties the first 20 minutes of the presentation was not recorded.

Laser-Mapping-of-Mountain-SnowpacksFeb. 6, 2014 – Laser Mapping of Mountain Snowpacks: The NASA Airborne Snow ObservatoryJeff Deems, Ph.D., University of Colorado

Songbirds as Indicators of Healthy Riparian EcosystemsJan. 30, 2014 – Songbirds as Indicators of Healthy Riparian Ecosystems
Dee Malone, local ecologist

Moose-RF-valleyJan. 16, 2014 – Moose in the Roaring Fork Valley

Stephanie Duckett, Coloardo Parks and Wildlife

Antartic Birds and AnimalsJan. 8, 2014 – Wildlife at the End of the Earth: Antartic Birds and Animals

Dick Filby, International Birder


Naturalist Nights 2013

Northern GoshawksMar. 21, 2013 – Northern Goshawks in the American West

Jenny Berven, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Mar. 14, 2013 – Can Colorado Contribute to Wolverine Conservation in the Face of Climate Change?

Eric Odell, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Mar. 7 , 2013 – What’s in the air? Air quality in the White River National Forest

Andrea Holland Sears, White River National Forest

Drill Rigs on our Doorstep by Peter HartFeb. 14, 2013 – Drill Rigs on our Doorstep

Peter Hart, Wilderness Workshop

Jan. 31, 2013 – Reintroduction for Conservation: Experiences from Colorado’s Lynx Reintroduction

Tanya Shenk, PhD., National Park Service

Jan. 10, 2013 – The Journey of Cutthroat Trout in Colorado

Jessica Metcalf, PhD

Naturalist Nights 2012


Apr. 4, 2012 – The American Dipper as an Indicator of River Health

Dee Malone, ecologist

WildernessMar. 29, 2012 – Pikas and Climate in the American West

Liesl Erb, ecologist and PhD candidate

WildernessMar. 21, 2012 – Climate Change and Our Future in the Rocky Mountains

Ian Billick PhD, director of Rocky Mountain Biological Lab

WildernessMar. 15, 2012 – Forest Restoration for Resilient Forests

Tony Cheng, director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

WildernessMar. 2, 2012 – Beetles, Dust, and Climate: Changing Hydrology in the Colorado River Headwaters

Jeff Deems, hydrologist and snow scientist

WildernessFeb. 22, 2012 – War on the West

Eric Molvar, author and director of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

WildernessFeb. 16, 2012 – The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict

Pete McBride, author and photographer

WildernessFeb. 9, 2012 – Black Swifts: The “Coolest” Bird

Kim Potter, USFS Scientist

WildernessJan. 19, 2012 – The Meaning of Wilderness and the Rights of Nature

Rod Nash Ph.D., environmental historian and author of Wilderness and the American Mind

BeaversJan. 13, 2012 – Beaver: Nuisance or Opportunity

Sherri Tippie, Colorado licensed live beaver trapper and relocator

Naturalist Nights 2011

MarmotsMarch 17, 2011 – Marmots: The Sound of Fear

Dr. Dan Blumstein, chair Dept. of Ecology and Biology, UCLA and leading marmot expert

BeetlesMarch 2, 2011 – Beetles and Fire and Climate
Change, Oh My

Dr. Dan Tinker, University of Wyoming

RoadlessFeb. 3, 2011 – Roadless: One Man’s Search for America’s Least Known Public Lands

Nelson Guda, author/photographer