In Rockies Meadow, Early Spring Gives Some Experts Chills

For nearly three decades scientists have carefully watched a Rocky Mountain meadow spring to life.

The meadow is nestled at about 9,500 feet (2,900 meters) above sea level between towering, snowcapped peaks a few miles outside the resort town of Crested Butte, Colorado. The field has been home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL, pronounced “rumble”) for 75 years.