Many of us have witnessed the damaging effects of dementia on our loved ones. Nature has shown to be a precious key for unlocking memories, temperaments and attitudes in people suffering from this terrible disease. Recently, RMBO has offered a therapeutic program called Bird Tales to residents of assisted living facilities. Educator Tyler Edmondson writes about the program and its profound impact on both people with dementia and the staff members who care for them.
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory caught a whopping 277 Northern Saw-whet Owls at banding stations in North and South Dakota this fall. Among them were 6 recovered owls, or birds banded at another station or during a different season. Where were the owls first banded, and when? Read this post to find out (hint: one was first banded about 660 miles northwest!).
In 2000, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory began organizing an annual Barrow's Goldeneye count in Colorado to monitor the wintering population of this species. Volunteer citizen scientists are needed to help with the 2014 count. The protocol is simple – get out to as many lakes and reservoirs across the state as possible and count Barrow's Goldeneyes!
How do grassland birds respond to different grazing practices? University of Colorado-Denver master's student Amber Carver is exploring this question, looking at nest success of McCown's Longspurs and other birds on the prairie of northeast Colorado during an adaptive grazing management study. Amber writes about insights gleaned from her research this past summer.
Halloween is almost here. When you're out and about at night, hone your senses and look for owls, nighthawks and other birds of the night. Educator Emily Snode-Brenneman offers tips on spotting these nocturnal birds and a list of species you can observe in Colorado during the darker hours.
Black Swifts are at risk to the effects of climate change. As our atmosphere heats up and viable Black Swift breeding habitat dwindles, proactive conservation of this species is critical. A team of researchers is working to conserve the North American population of Black Swifts, conducting research across the West to better understand the "coolest bird."
Despite much progress, a disparity still exists between the sexes in the sciences. There are fewer women than men working in science-related fields. What can we do to encourage more young girls to enter the sciences? Biologist Erin Strasser spoke with female colleagues working in the sciences to glean their insights and advice and inspire other women to become awesome lady scientists.