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Global adventures unfold from the comfort of Aspen

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Anda Smalls of Aspen mountain bikes in Spain in 2015. She will share details of her trip Wednesday night in the first Potbelly Perspective of the winter at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

Wildlife enthusiasts and adventure junkies can learn about issues facing the Aspen area's great outdoors as well as special places around the globe from the comfort of the Roaring Fork Valley this winter.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies launches its Potbelly Perspectives series this week, while also teaming up with Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon to present the Naturalist Nights series.

Potbelly Perspectives feature great adventures undertaken by Aspen-area residents or visitors. Naturalist Nights features presentations by scientists or environmental activists on various issues.

The Potbelly Perspectives series starts tonight with a presentation by Anda Smalls about a 2015 road trip to Spain that combined mountain biking, canyon hiking and climbing. Smalls is the naturalist field school director at ACES. She joined family to visit the climbing meccas of Rodellar and Riglos; rode some of the best single-track trails in the Pyrenees and explored amazing river canyons.

The Potbelly Perspective series is presented each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hallam Lake in Aspen. The presentations are free for members and $5 for non-members.

The series will run into March, with presentations ranging from trekking and paddling in Nepal by Jenny and Charlie MacArthur to Dr. Jon Kedrowski's skiing and sleeping on 20 peaks in the Cascade volcanoes over 30 days.

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Also launching today is the Naturalist Nights series. The speakers give their presentations Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Hallam Lake. Naturalist Nights are free.

Delia Malone will give this winter's inaugural presentation tonight on, "Should Wolves be Restored to Colorado?" She will take a scientifically based, ecological approach to why gray wolves should be reintroduced and address the challenges reintroduction poses.

Future presentations include how honeybees and other pollinators are being affected by pesticides, the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on the Animas River, and the state of Colorado forests and the role fires could play.

For the full lineup of both events, go to http://www.aspennature.org/learn/events and click on the links for Potbelly Perspectives and Naturalist Nights.

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