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"On the Wing" Newsletter
We can help your creative gardening dreams come true! Check out our wildscaping features, essays and photos showing how area residents have made their landscapes sing with birds, shimmer with butterflies and thrive on low-water plants. Check back frequently for new features!
Audubon At Home in Colorado is proud to be selling its book, Colorado Wildscapes: Bringing Conservation Home
. Learn all about wildscaping! (more
Read about BCAS's first Audubon at Home Project, the Wes Sears Memorial Garden.
Wildlife Friendly Plants for the Front Range (DOC) (PDF)
Additional Audubon at Home resources:
Audubon Colorado - Audubon At Home
National Audubon Society - Audubon At Home
It's going to happen! The restoration of Boulder Audubon's property at Dodd Reservoir is under way. Dodd Reservoir will soon be native prairie, providing habitat for native and migrating birds as well as prairie wildlife. This is an exciting project, and we have the right technical team on board. Now we need lots of hands and energy! Learn more about this project and how you can be involved.
Imagine a wild place in Boulder County that you visit several times a year, learning the names of the beetles and butterflies; following the blooming cycles of wildflowers and the breeding cycles of songbirds; quietly observing coyotes, foxes, and elk. Imagine this peaceful place being permanently monitored and protected through your efforts and the efforts of those who follow you.
This is the vision of the Boulder County Ecosystem Stewardship Initiative, a volunteer project launched by the Boulder County Nature Association and Boulder County Audubon. The project has three goals:
- Monitor natural processes in Boulder County native ecosystems.
- Use data collected to improve management and influence policy-making.
- Recruit a cadre of naturalists to monitor and protect natural areas in perpetuity.
We invite everyone who cherishes the peace and beauty of natural places to consider becoming a steward. The only qualifications are an interest in nature, a desire to learn more, and a willingness to spend 4-6 mornings a year recording observations in a protected part of Boulder County. You might choose a canyon in the foothills, a prairie wildlife area such as Sawhill Ponds, or a favorite meadow or forest grove in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. As of August 2008, 60 volunteers had adopted 30 wild areas.
Volunteers receive training in forest inventory, breeding bird and butterfly survey techniques, and wildflower identification. However, no volunteer is expected to carry out all these tasks; instead, each is asked to track only mammal sightings, breeding bird populations, and recreational use each year. Beyond that, there is a "menu" of other things you can monitor as you become more comfortable with the area you've adopted and with the monitoring protocols. Each volunteer keeps all of his or her data in one Excel file, which is updated from year to year.
Learn more about data entry instructions for volunteers.
We organize a number of field trips and volunteer trainings each spring and summer. Feel free to drop in on any of these trips (always posted on this website), or give me a call if you would like more information. Steve Jones, 303-494-2468; firstname.lastname@example.org
Boulder County Audubon Society volunteers have become a part of one of the most successful efforts ever undertaken to reverse a species decline by monitoring nest boxes at several Boulder County parks. Learn more about this project and view related beautiful photographs!
Read Steve Jone's report for 2011.
"Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, are sites that provide essential habitat for
one or more species of bird. IBAs include sites for breeding, wintering,
and/or migrating birds. IBAs may be a few acres or thousands of acres,
but usually they are discrete sites that stand out from the surrounding
landscape. IBAs may include public or private lands, or both, and
they may be protected or unprotected." (From the Audubon Society's Important
Bird Areas web page)
Rocky Mountain National Park is a Boulder County area IBA.
Information about all Colorado IBA's can be found by visiting Audubon
Colorado's IBA web pages.
We have an exciting new partnership with Birds and Beans Coffee, makers of certified organic, shade-grown, and bird-friendly coffee. Every time you order their delicious coffee and use a Boulder County zip code in the billing address, BCAS gets a donation. So not only do we get great coffee, help the birds and support small organic coffee farmers, our very own local Audubon group benefits as well!