The Hidden Life Around Us: Bioblitz Aspen, Exploring the Rich Diversity of Species in Our Backyard


by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


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What species are in your backyard? Are you aware of them? And are you protecting them? These are some of the questions that Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) hopes you will think about when you read The Hidden Life Around Us. This impactful and beautiful coffee-table book showcases the species of Aspen with stunning photographs and thoughtful text.

This book grew out of a bioblitz to survey the species at Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, ACES's campus in the heart of Aspen. On this twenty-five-acre tract of wetland with a five-acre lake, 422 species have been identified. Eighty-one of those species are showcased in the book through striking color photographs and brief, fascinating descriptions. The text includes a foreword by Bruce Finley, environmental writer for The Denver Post; an essay about biodiversity; and an essay by acclaimed nature photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride.

Look beyond the amazing images, and this book asks us to consider how we are treating the Earth and our fellow life forms. The core themes of The Hidden Life Around Us are biodiversity, the threats posed by climate change, and the importance of preserving the environment and the species that inhabit it.

“These are quiet but powerful lessons, and ones that many adults have yet to learn: respect all life, not for its value to us as humans, but for the inalienable right of every living thing to continue existing.”—ACES

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)  is a non-profit environmental science education organization headquartered in Aspen, Colorado that has been educating children and adults for environmental responsibility for more than fifty years. ACES’s work focuses on ecological literacy, regenerative agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, climate resilience, land restoration, and environmental civic leadership. The Hidden Life Around Us was co-edited by Chris Lane, CEO of ACES; Adam McCurdy, director of climate and forest at ACES; and Andrea Gollin, managing editor at Tra Publishing.


Publication Date | August 4, 2020 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

304 Pages

Color Photographs & Illustrations Throughout

8.5 x 11.5 in.

$55.00 ($76.00 CAN)