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  • 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.

  • June 06, 2017

    A new field season has begun, and with it comes new ideas and a new intern from Colorado Mountain College. This summer our intern will be helping with field work, carrying out equipment calibrations, participating in the Spring Valley Bioblitz, and conducting some research of his own. This fall, Asa DeHaan will be entering his senior year in the CMC 4-year program for a degree in Sustainability. We're very excited to welcome Asa to the AGCI team!

    Asa DeHaan

  • April 06, 2017

    Earlier this week, a coworker and I had the pleasure of joining an Ecoflight over the Spring Valley property. The property is located just above the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus near Glenwood Springs. The flight was coordinated by a CMC student whose senior thesis centers around investigating the ecological health of the property, and other passengers included a photographer for the Post Independent, students of photography, and CMC Sustainability Bachelor Degree candidates.

  • February 09, 2017

    Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, 2017 launched with what felt like an unseasonably warm start. In the picture above, a mid-January site visit to Spring Valley revealed 16 inches of snow on the ground, but the balmy air got us thinking. A cold snap followed shortly after. Today with Basalt temperatures in the upper 50's it feels like almost spring again. Curious to find out if we just perceived this weather as unusual or if the numbers actually backed up our perceptions, we turned to the data.

  • October 28, 2016

    As winter snows and elk calving season approach, the field season for 2016 nears its end, offering a chance to reflect upon the summer's progress. It was a great season, full of new partnerships, ecological exploration, and calibrations. The photo series below shows just a few of the season's highlights.

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