Eric is the Director of Boulder County Parks and Open Space where he leads the operations, staff, and budget for Boulder County’s nationally-recognized, award-winning department dedicated to the conservation and use of the county’s agricultural, natural, and cultural resources. As a former ornithologist, including two years working for the Colorado Bird Observatory (the original name of Bird Conservancy), he is particularly interested in bird habitat management/restoration on both public and private lands. Eric received a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College and a M.S. in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Chair, Stewardship Committee
Grady has been a manager/partner at Rancho Largo Cattle Co. east of Walsenburg, Colorado, since 1995. Rancho Largo is a 14,000-acre ranch where the fundamental philosophy is: maximum ecosystem health equals maximum ranching profit. Strategic time-controlled grazing allows cattle to fill the ecological niche as the primary large grazing ruminant. Grady received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University in 1984. Subsequently, he worked on ranches in eastern Colorado until 1987 when he returned to graduate school. He finished a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University in 1991 and worked as a farrier in the Bay Area until 1995.
David received his Ph.D. from Colorado State University and had a 34 year career as biometrician and wildlife research biologist in federal wildlife research centers and land grant universities. His research program focused primarily on relationships between avian population dynamics, habitat and mitigation management practices, and anthropogenic environmental stressors. David remains engaged in the wildlife profession as an Affiliate Faculty member at Colorado State University, an active member of The Wildlife Society and a consultant to the migratory game bird management community. He is motivated by both the need for reliable and relevant science and the importance of fostering an engaged public citizenship that values wildlife conservation.
Jim has dedicated his career to growing innovative, science-based organizations. Presently, he is the founder, president and chairman of FAST BioMedical, a life science company that has developed a novel technology for measuring blood volume and kidney function in critically ill patients. Prior to FAST BioMedical, Jim was the founder and CEO of DynoMed, a health information technology company focused on enhancing communication throughout the patient care continuum. His interest in science and managing research-based entities extends beyond medicine to the natural environment where Jim is a passionate advocate for conservation and sustainability. He is a graduate of Indiana University and, in addition to serving on the board of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, he is a trustee for the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Governance, Development and Science Committees
Jean is an ecologist with more than 33 years of applied experience in the consulting world. Her academic work focused on birds including “Morphometric age and sex variation in the Whistling Swan” and “Habitat usage by the Chipping Sparrow in northern Lower Michigan.” Her consulting career has focused on diverse studies responsive to the NEPA and CERCLA/SARA/RCRA for land management, military, transportation and other agencies. Her passions are preserving habitat, ecological health and species diversity for avian and other wildlife populations, and promoting appreciation of the natural world for its intrinsic worth and its value to the human mind, body and spirit.
Ed is a noted philanthropist and conservationist. He had a career as an exploration geologist that culminated in his discovery in 1993 of the Jonah Field and the first commercial exploitation of the Pinedale Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. Ed left the natural gas business at the end of 2000 to pursue his philanthropic interests in the U.S. and Africa. Ed received his Bachelor of Science in 1968 from Colorado State University and his Master of Science in 1971 from UCLA, both in geology. He is a trustee or director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Sand County Foundation, Explorers Foundation and the Bird Conservancy, as well as an advisor to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.