Long-eared Owl © Melanie Hill
Colorado’s rapid population growth combined with Boulder’s reduction in municipal spending due to the COVID-19 crisis is jeopardizing safeguards for wildlife. Boulder County is fortunate in that it still has a lot of intact nature and biodiversity, but imminent new threats to Colorado’s wild places and species are quickly undoing the benefits of current levels of protection. Boulder County, which is home to at least 64 mammal species, over 100 breeding bird species, more than 200 butterfly species, and countless reptiles, amphibians, and insects, now protects more than 67% of the county’s land. Protected areas are cornerstones of biodiversity and abundant wildlife. Although Boulder County is a leader in the realm of land and wildlife conservation, it too is confronting new challenges.
WILD will work to build community support for wild nature to ensure these spaces and species continue to be protected. The Boulder County community has demonstrated its desire to safeguard the surrounding environment through proven actions in the past; as newcomers continue to join the community, we will activate and engage the community through our extensive networks and help sustain and strengthen Boulder’s leadership, and showcase how Boulder, Colorado is a leader in the fight to protect biodiversity on a local and global level.
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Our efforts will take place through three primary activities: 1) outreach and education campaigns that educate the public on about the necessity of wild nature and how to coexist with wildlife; 2) citizen science engagement through the iNaturalist platform and annual City Nature Challenge; and 3) collaborations with local organizations, stakeholders, community groups, businesses, schools, university clubs, and political leaders to build growing support for the protection of wildlife.
Building community support for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats in Boulder County, Colorado through wildlife coexistence, citizen science, & collaborative outreach programs.
Be safe. Keep wildlife safe.
The Boulder County Wildlife Project on iNaturalist is not a site for reporting issues with wildlife. Please report sick or injured wildlife to Animal Control in the City of Boulder (303-441-3333) or Boulder County (303-441-4444).
When observing wildlife, always:
- Follow all rules and regulations posted at each property.
- Never harass or change the behavior of wildlife in any way. Watch from a distance and do not disturb their normal behavior.
- Observe animals from a safe distance. If the animal appears nervous, points its ears towards you, or runs away, you are too close.
- Do not disturb nesting birds, which may cause them to abandon their nest.
- Do not feed or approach animals, or call animals to you. Try to avoid eye contact, especially if they get alarmed.
- Respect all wildlife closures, posted on trailhead kiosks and in brochures.
Some species may attract unwanted attention from the public. Large numbers of people may flock to see a particular animal once its location is known, creating safety concerns for both the public and the animal.
To protect wildlife, we ask that you voluntarily obscure* or delay for several weeks posting the exact locations of sensitive species. These include:
- Black bears
- Mountain Lions
- Long-eared Owl
- Northern Goshawk
- Please do not post locations of animals with young.
- Please do not post sightings of sensitive wildlife within neighborhoods.
* To obscure your GPS data point, change the geoprivacy option in the drop down menu below the map when you post an observation. When coordinates are obscured it means that a random point within 0.2 degree of the true coordinates is shown publicly, while the true coordinates are only visible to you and project administrators.
Thank you for helping us keep our wildlife and critical habitats safe!
How to contribute observations
City Nature Challenge 2021
The City Nature Challenge is an ongoing project to document urban biodiversity and engage city residents in the nature around them. It’s framed as a competition between cities to see which can make the most observations, identify the most species, or have the most participants. Last year Boulder County and the Denver Metro Area competed against 244 cities throughout the globe and came up with some impressive numbers:
- 5,847 total observations
- 838 plant and wildlife species identified
- 443 observers
- 373 identifiers
Help us show the world how biodiverse our region is by making as many observations of as many species as possible from April 30 – May 3, 2021! Document nature in your backyard, by your school, in your favorite park or open space area, and upload your observations to iNaturalist, an online platform for citizen scientists. Any observations of plants, animals, and fungus found throughout our boundary will count.