My first post

In the field near Keystone with Molly

Hello and welcome! Thanks to Snowmass Village for their vision and desire to produce a field guide to the flora and fauna of this area. In gratitude, I’ve dedicated the first 29 pages to the history, trails and geology of Snowmass, but the rest of Wild at Heart’s 467 pages identifies and explains the interesting natural history of wildflowers and wildlife wherever you may travel in Colorado’s high country! It’s been my joy to have explored Colorado for over 40 years. You’ll find Wild at Heart is a wonderful companion to take with you whether you are hiking, biking, jeeping or just visiting in Colorado’s mountain towns. From Aspen and Snowmass Village to Vail, Leadville, Crested Butte, Ouray, Telluride, Durango and back you’ll have fun discovering more about the wild species we share the land with. Happy trails, Janis

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About Janis Lindsey Huggins

Janis' passion for plants and the natural world has been a driving force in her life as long as she can remember. She moved to the Aspen/Snowmass area in 1970, and has spent more than 40 years exploring the upper Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado's high country, studying the plants, wildlife and ecosystems. For her, this connection with the outdoors means feeling exhilarated about life and inspires her to share this enthusiasm with others. For many years she has guided naturalist tours for Aspen's Center for Environmental Studies, worked as a field botanist on the western slope for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University, and taught others in sports such as alpine skiing and windsurfing. Janis continues to travel the state, hiking, observing nature and photographing wildflowers. She received a B.S. in Natural Sciences with an emphasis in Botany from the University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College (Denver) in 1981, where she was chosen "Student of the Year" for work on a Crystal River Valley field guide. Because she has a love of travel, her education was accomplished through study at several universities - the University of Denver, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Biological Station at Flathead Lake in Montana. Janis also holds a degree in Clinical Herbal Therapy from the Artemis Institue of Natural Therapies in Boulder. She hopes that readers of her field guides will be inspired to look at the landscape "through new eyes," to cherish the fascinating species with which we share our surroundings, and to seek new ways to secure the future of those species as they are a part of the matrix that enriches life.
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