This spring, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory began conducting bird population monitoring surveys along the Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska. Outreach Biologist Jeff Birek was fortunate enough to land that area as one of his survey locales this summer. Jeff reports on the impacts a recent fire along the Niobrara River has had on birds and provides a species list from the summer.
With summer waning, RMBO has completed its sixth season of conducting surveys under the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. How many birds were counted? What new and rare species were detected? Biologist Nick Van Lanen answers these questions and offers a wrap-up of another successful summer survey season.
It's started, and the fall exodus of hundreds of millions of birds is becoming apparent at our feeding stations. David Menough of Wild Birds Unlimited offers tips on attracting migrants to your backyard and a fall departure-arrival schedule for the Denver area. It's amazing to see these birds checking their datebooks for their departure days.
On July 25, 35 volunteers gathered along the Navajo River in southern Colorado to plant more than 200 native trees on private land as part of a project sponsored by RMBO and partners. RMBO biologist Martin Moses writes about the project and the use a handy new tool: the water jet stinger.
Two vans packed with excited campers, staff and gear left Brighton, Colorado, and headed west to the Rocky Mountains for a week of hiking, rafting, exploring nature, birding and much more as part of RMBO's Taking Flight camp. Summer Education Assistant Hannah Haas writes about this amazing week of camp and its impact on 15 young people.
Birds can migrate thousands of miles a year between their breeding and wintering grounds. Where, exactly, do they go? What routes do they take and where do they stopover? RMBO biologists set out to answer these questions for Western Tanagers and Swainson's Thrushes that breed in Rocky Mountain National Park in a project for the National Park Service. CSU student Marina Rodriguez writes about this project and reveals whether the biologists successfully discovered where the birds go.
Earlier this year, RMBO hosted forums to gauge feedback on a new Decision Support Tool. The tool helps compare management options that ensure the economic viability of grazing lands with the habitat needs of sagebrush-dependent songbirds and grouse.