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  • March 11, 2021

    Why does soil moisture matter?

  • December 17, 2020

    It was a breathtakingly beautiful morning today, 10ºF by the thermometer on my dashboard as we parked and prepared to hike over to the Spring Valley station. The low angle of the sun made the frosted heads of cheatgrass a glittering foreground to snowy Mount Sopris in the distance. Martín and I crunched our way across the field and into the sagebrush, then the junipers, also encrusted with gems of ice. It’s easy to forget how wonderful a morning in the field can be during our computer work months.

  • August 28, 2020

    After a promising winter snowpack, a disappointingly dry spring unfolded into a hot, arid summer in the Roaring Fork Valley this year. Even before the fire broke out at Grizzly Creek, anxieties about low river flows were running high for many municipalities, farmers and ranchers, and recreationalists in the West.

  • August 10, 2020

    By Andrea Sanchez, 2020 Summer Intern

  • August 19, 2019

    By Hunter Brown

  • August 07, 2019

    By: Isabella C.N.

  • December 17, 2018

    2018 was an interesting year to be looking at iRON data. A low snowpack coming out of winter combined with warm spring and summer temperatures to lead to unprecedented water restrictions in many towns in the Roaring Fork Watershed, while the late arrival of summer rains also left many ecological communities coping with dry soils for the summer.

  • April 26, 2018

    Field season has come again, and it is almost time for the arrival of those days I had forgotten I was longing for all winter. Several sensors are on the fritz, the ground is soft and wet, ready for us to gather soil by the gallon for calibrations, and the bears will be waking up soon, if they are not stirring already. Field work forms the glamorous side of the otherwise unglamorous undertaking of long term monitoring, in our case the constant collection of data on soil moisture and weather.

  • October 31, 2017

    If you want to be an ecologist, creativity and problem solving are two skills you'll need on your resume. Anyone who conducts field work quickly learns that unpredictability is an unavoidable element of the job. Across our own iRON network, the culprits of mayhem at the stations have ranged from rodents eating electrical cords to trees yanking out guy wires. (When a tree falls in the forest, I get an error notification.)

  • July 12, 2017

    In the last week of June researchers and interns from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program joined forces with Colorado Mountain Colleges students and faculty, AGCI, and other local community members to conduct a Bioblitz on the Spring Valley property near the CMC campus. A Bioblitz is an intensive event where data are collected on things living in a given area. Plants and birds, bugs and mammals are all counted and classified to give a sense of the property's biodiversity. It's a time of long hours and enthusiastic collaboration.