The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) occupies a large patch of forest and wetlands in the center of Aspen, a nature preserve for over 40 years. The visitor center has materials and programs for kids, and some captive "unreleasable" (permanently disabled) large birds including an eagle and a great horned owl. Tuesday mornings during the summer a guided birdwatching session is held. Our guide Rebecca was a wonderful, patient, extremely effective teacher, and in a quiet, very gentle way taught our group of 1 kid and 10 adults (mostly older folks, some of whom were experienced birders) a great deal about how to spot and identify birds. The 3-hour session starts with a walk around the ACES site, and then on to one of several of sites nearby - we went to a nature preserve a few miles east of town. With her guidance we observed a large variety of birds, from hummingbirds and finches to a great horned owl and blue heron. It was a wonderful morning and well worth repeating.
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