120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites the valley’s birders to help count birds on December 15 for the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Birders of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important census that has helped assess the health of bird populations and guided conservation action since 1900. Across the Western Hemisphere, over 50,000 people will be counting birds during local count events, many of them making the adventure of winter birding a seasonal tradition. Volunteers meet at Hallam Lake at 7:30 a.m. before heading out to cover the 15-mile diameter CBC circle in the Aspen vicinity. The count concludes mid-afternoon. The event is free and open to the public; please register at AspenNature.org

Canine Coaching Volunteer Opportunities at C.A.R.E.

Want to help shelter dogs learn basic cues, while having fun and learning skills with other volunteers? Join the new Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) Canine Coaching Team that helps the shelter’s pups learn valuable clicker training, socialization, leash manners, and more. C.A.R.E. provides necessary volunteer training and offers three levels of coaching. The next orientation is scheduled for December 11. Email programs director Keira Clark at programs@coloradoanimalrescue.org for sign-up and details.

Save the Date: 35th Annual Sunlight Skier Appreciation Day

On January 3, 2020, Sunlight Mountain Resort’s Skier Appreciation Day and United Way fundraiser returns with $20 lift tickets and a day of festivities. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the theme of “Paradise in Snow” (grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts) and will enjoy food, music, giveaways, costume contests, and more. All proceeds from lift ticket sales benefit the local United Way Battlement to the Bells. Since 1983, the event has raised more than $220,000 to support the organization. For details visit UnitedWayBB.org or SunlightMtn.com.