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Research sheds new light on a creature of the night

October 1, 2022

Townsend’s long-eared bats circle in the caged entrance to a mine in the Crystal Valley.

In the Crystal River Valley, summer nights draw nocturnal predators into the open. One such species takes to the skies by the hundreds in a spectacle that is rarely witnessed.


Grape expectations: A vineyard experiment on open space

September 1, 2022

Chris O’Connor inspects his vineyard.

Five years into a venture as the sole winegrower on Pitkin County open space, and possibly in all of the Roaring Fork Valley, Chris O’Connor is still waiting to taste success – literally.


Filoha fireflies inspire and delight

August 1, 2022


The magical dance of fireflies in a tall patch of marshy grass at Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve has long been a source of fascination and delight for summer visitors to the property, but the lightning bugs aren’t just a treat for casual observers. They continue to spark interest among the scientific community.