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.
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and partners recently put the final touches on a wetland restoration project that adds 3.2 acres of seasonal, shallow-water wetlands to private land in northeast Colorado. Biologist Colin Lee writes about the project and the birds it benefits.
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.