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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.


Bobolinks! Surprise species at Glassier prompts action

July 5, 2022

A male Bobolink, mid-song, at Glassier Open Space. ©Dick Filby

The May 24 sighting of an unfamiliar bird at Glassier Open Space turned out to be the first step in an unexpected conservation effort for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.