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Wild Perspectives Speaker Series

Join the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and The Collective Snowmass for the new winter speaker series, Wild Perspectives, which begins January 7, and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 10 at The Collective Lounge in Snowmass Base Village. The free series is an opportunity for community-building and storytelling that will engage locals and visitors alike through topics including protecting local wildlife, adventures abroad, ski mountaineering, virtual tours of our forest and more.


Feb. 4: Navigating a Love of the Land and Weaving Together Creativity, Cartography and Activism in the Roaring Fork Valley with Sarah Uhl
Sara Uhl will share her journey discovering her talents as an artist and combining them with her heart-throbbing love of the land. Uhl will describe her experiences as an “activist” and what it’s been like to team up with national environmental groups, as well as local land and water stewards like Roaring Fork Conservancy, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Wilderness Workshop. The presentation will also include a behind-the-scenes peek into what it was like to illustrate the entire Roaring Fork Watershed. Learn more.


Feb. 11: Un-bordered Baja California by Bicycle with Sarah Tory
In early January 2017, Sarah Tory set out on a solo self-supported bicycle trip down the Baja California Peninsula. Following a series of remote dirt roads and sometimes, mere tracks in the sand, Tory intended to pedal from San Diego to La Paz, 1,400 miles south. But things didn’t go according to plan. There were heavy rains, long stretches without water, cactus thorns, ferocious chihuahuas and intense loneliness. Tory will share how finding help­—and solace—from strangers along the way, she herself reconsidered her own definition of adventure. Learn More.


Feb. 18: Hut Week, A Personal and Institutional Journey with Greg Shaffran
For the past eight years, a group of local friends have spent ‘Hut Week' traversing through the local hut systems. In addition to a discussion about the personal triumphs and logistical challenges of these recreational trips, Greg Shaffran will share unique insights into the systems in place that make journeys like ‘Hut Week' possible. Learn more.


Feb. 25: Mindful Running, How to Become Awake in the Wild with Charlotte Roennau
From running professionally for Denmark as one of the country’s top sprinters, to moving through the landscapes of the Roaring Fork Valley, Charlotte Roennau will tell the story of how a high-performance athlete evolved into a mindful long-distance runner. Through personal experience, professional journeys and her love for the outdoors, Roennau will share ways to become more awake in running, nature and life in general. Learn more.


March 3: Mapping Mountain Snowpacks with Dr. Jeff Deems
Mountain snow is the source of the great majority of our water supply in the western U.S. Water management currently relies on measurements at a small number of point locations or manual surveys, providing only a limited snapshot of snow conditions and preventing adaptation of forecasts and water management to changing snow conditions. A new technology, the Airborne Snow Observatory’s airborne laser scanner, can map snow across the entire watershed, ushering in the next generation of water management. During the presentation, Dr. Jeff Deems will introduce this new airborne science capability by showcasing high-resolution snow data from local and regional watersheds. Learn more.


March 10: Saving All the Pieces, Taking Action to Save Imperiled Wildlife with Tom Cardamone
The Roaring Fork Watershed, from Independence Pass to the Colorado River, is a million acres of rich biodiversity with thousands of native plant and animal species. Under the patina of natural abundance, wildlife populations are in significant decline here: elk and deer populations are down 30 to 50 percent and Bighorn sheep have lost 75 percent of their kind. All in the last ten years. Similar declines are likely to occur in many other species, diminishing ecosystem integrity. Join Tom Cardamone, former ACES Executive Director, for a visual tour of this remarkable watershed and its wild inhabitants. Learn more.

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