More than one-third of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action and a renewed, continent-wide commitment to saving our shared birds and their habitats. Even common birds are seeing dramatic population declines. Migratory species that travel from the Great Plains of Canada and the U.S. to Mexico's Chihuahua grasslands have lost almost 70% of their populations since 1970. Included among this group is Colorado's State Bird, the Lark Bunting.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH & MONITORING PROGRAMS
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies monitors, evaluates and researches birds and generates data that guides science-based conservation efforts across the full annual cycle of birds' lives, from the breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada down to wintering grounds in Mexico and beyond. Strategic partnerships and volunteer citizen scientists expand our reach, and increase our impact on the ground. We work with state and federal agencies, universities, NGOs, local communities and landowners to build capacity, knowledge and support for the conservation of ecosystems important to migratory and resident birds. Join us in the discovery. Our strong scientific approach distinguishes us from other environmental organizations that emphasize policy or political action. We lead the second largest bird monitoring program in the nation. We monitor bird breeding areas, wintering grounds, and the migratory routes between them, covering all aspects of the life cycle of birds. By monitoring and researching birds across their entire range we can understand why populations are declining and create cooperative solutions to address declines and help prioritize and focus on critical habitat. Information gained from our research reveals bird population trends, helping prioritize and focus on critical habitat. We work with state and federal agencies, universities, NGOs, local communities and landowners to build capacity, knowledge and support needed to conserve migratory and resident birds.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Each year, Bird Conservancy education programs introduce tens of thousands of people to the birds that share their world. Programs include classroom experiences, youth summer camps, field excursions, training for teachers and landowners, and programming for seniors and others in long-term-care facilities. Our programs are delivered both by staff and volunteers. We instill a conservation ethic by providing dynamic, experiential learning opportunities that engage all the senses. Through hands-on learning at our Environmental Learning Center in Brighton, CO, and in the community, birds act as nature's ambassadors and foster a deeper appreciation for wildlife, habitats, and ecosystems. Birds, nature and science are powerful sources of inspiration. Bird Conservancy focuses on connecting people of all ages with the natural world and helps them understand their role in it through training in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Through field and classroom programs, we spark the physical and mental abilities of the whole person to empower and encourage individual growth and confidence, well-being, and a passion and connection to nature.
LAND STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS
For more than 22 years, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies has operated a private lands program working alongside landowners and managers to enhance bird habitat at the local level. Together, we're creating win-win situations for people, birds and the land. More than 56% of Colorado's lands are privately owned. Our network of strategically-placed Private Lands Wildlife Biologists engage directly with landowners and managers to enact voluntary, pro-active conservation action on the ground, building a grassroots land stewardship ethic that links birds, habitat and land productivity. With your support, we can engage private landowners in conservation efforts, working to balance the ecological health and economic drivers of Colorado's farming and ranching with the habitat needs of bird populations.