Whether directly funding projects through our Lois Webster Fund or supporting community science, Denver Audubon promotes research because better conservation strategies emerge from scientific discovery.
LOIS WEBSTER FUND
Lois Webster, a Denver Audubon co-founder and life long active member, was an educator, teaching science in Aurora public schools for over 25 years, a birder and a life long environmentalist. Lois was always concerned about the wellbeing and future of Colorado’s non-game wildlife. She was pleased that the Lois Webster Fund (LWF) was founded to support Colorado non-game wildlife research, education, and conservation.
To date, the LWF has contributed over $120,071 to 57 projects.
COLORADO BLUEBIRD PROJECT
The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of Denver Audubon throughout Denver and across the state. This volunteer-run project aims to improve the vitality of bluebird populations and to inform and educate Coloradans about bluebirds. From April through August, volunteers of all ages are needed to help monitor the nest boxes.
Community science allows the public to help collect data that professional scientists interpret and use in their research. Many of our community science initiatives are group bird counts, such as the Christmas Bird Count, when we gather and count as many birds as possible. Others, such as the Great Backyard Bird Count, you can do from your own home.
BIRD BANDING AT CHATFIELD
Each spring, Denver Audubon contracts a wildlife biologist from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to band birds at our nature center in Chatfield State Park. This is one of the only opportunities in the state of Colorado to experience wild birds up-close-and-personal. The goal is to apply uniquely numbered bands on the legs of birds to track the distribution and movements of species, their relative numbers, annual production, life span, and causes of death.