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    21  Dec

    Winter Solstice

    Today is Winter Solstice!  Traditionally different cultures throughout the northern world honored the sun and celebrated the return of the light on this, the shortest day of the year.  It marked the end of the fall harvest season and the beginning of winter, a time for turning inward and of telling stories.  Often rituals, involving fire, song, dance, and gift giving were performed, followed by feasting, to insure that the sun would indeed return.  “Solstice” is derived from the Latin “sol” for sun and “stitium” meaning stopped.

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    18  Dec

    Building Bridges - Literally and Figuratively

    "Power of Team" was the theme for Ski Butler's Annual Meetings this year, and in no place was this more evident than our time spent volunteering with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies crew to install the winter bridges at Ashcroft.
     

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    11  Dec

    Winter Star Gazing at Rock Bottom Ranch

    “To know the dark, go dark.  Go without sight and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.” Wendell Berry

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    15  Nov

    Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding

    A couple of weeks ago I was able to experience a saw-whet owl banding project near Rifle, Colorado with Kim Potter, a wildlife technician with the US Forest Service and a licensed owl bander. Kim has been banding owls near Rifle for many years, and over a couple of nights throughout the fall Kim invites the public to come watch the banding.

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