Conservation

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      • Audubon At Home through “Wildscaping”
        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!
      • An excellent resource is the publication Colorado Wildscapes: Bringing Conservation Home. Learn all about wildscaping! This book is now available through the Habitat Hero website. (Learn 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:
        National Audubon Society – Audubon At Home
      • Introducing the award-winning ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Garden
        Audubon Rockies has partnered with CSU Plant Select® and High Country Gardens to release for the 2014 gardening season a ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-planned Garden. This garden has been designed by Lauren Springer Ogden, renowned gardener, lecturer and bes- selling author. This plant collection makes providing bird habitat easy, beautiful and fun! Learn more about this garden.Order the garden from High Country Gardens now. High Country Gardens will return a portion of the sales to support the Habitat Hero Project, including Chapter wildscaping programs.
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      • New!!!! Habitat Heroes Speakers Program: The Habitat Hero Speakers Bureau is now offering “Journey to Your Own Habitat Hero Haven” with Don Ireland, President of the Cherry Creek 3 HOA in Denver, and first winner of a Habitat Hero Award for a multi-unit development. Don won the 2016 Colorado WaterWise Conservation Award. In the 6 years Don has served as President of the HOA board at Cherry Creek 3 town-home complex in Denver, the 251-unit development has saved more than 15 million gallons of water and $100,000 dollars annually through water-saving measures that transformed the complex’s landscaping, provided habitat for songbirds and pollinators, and significantly improved property values. Read more about this project and see a listing of upcoming events!
      • Photo 1 lynn's demonstration garden in 2009Photo 2 lynn sideyard July 2014

      • Dodd Reservoir Restoration
        It’s happening! 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.
      • Carbon Offset Bird Project: Boulder Audubon recognizes that there is an environmental cost to our birding and we  take our responsibility seriously. We are joining the Carbon Offset Bird Project (COBP) as part of that effort; we are creating a fund that allows us to voluntarily contribute money to offset our birding-related carbon emissions—those that come directly from our birding activities. The funds will be used to acquire, conserve, and restore quality bird habitat in our local area—often places we go birding. This COBP project is modeled loosely after other carbon offset programs involving air or vehicle travel, but it is specifically tailored to local birders and local birds—a perfect example of Think Globally, Act Locally. Learn more about this project and find out how you can be involved!
      • Boulder County Ecosystem Stewardship Initiative
        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:

        1. Monitor natural processes in Boulder County native ecosystems.
        2. Use data collected to improve management and influence policy-making.
        3. 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; curlewsj@comcast.net

      • Bluebird Nest Monitoring
        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!
      • State of the Birds in Boulder County
        Read Steve Jone’s report for 2011.
      • Important Bird Areas (IBA)
        “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.
      • Birds & Beans Coffee
        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!

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