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Professor of ecology, Thornton chair of biology at Western State Colorado University, and founder of Sisk-a-dee, a non-profit focused on conservation of Gunnison Sage Grouse, Pat’s research has centered on the birds that live in western Colorado’s sagebrush and pinon-juniper habitats.
Conservation chair for the Grand Valley Audubon Society, Nic has served as a conscience for the birding community in Western Colorado as he persistently gives voice to environmental and conservation challenges and successful leader of the Western Screech-Owl Monitoring Project for Grand Valley Audubon, resulting in strong owl populations.
Field ornithologist and wildlife biologist and co-author of “Birds of Western Colorado Plateau and Mesa Country, Coen is a member of Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) and contributes quarterly to its “News From the Field”. Coen is foremost an educator and fully shares his detailed knowledge about habits, molt, song variations.
Biologist and Army Corp of Engineers contractor, Duane has worked for over 25-years in the study, management, and conservation of Least Terns and Piping Plovers in Colorado, especially at John Martin Dam and Reservoir where he clears invasive plants to enable both species to successfully breed.
Board Member of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, listing editor for American Birding Association, Colorado regional editor for “eBird” program, and an avian distribution and identification consultant for “Peterson Field Guide to Birds,” “National Geographic Society’s Guide to Birds” and “Sibley Guide to Birds.” Larry passed away in August 2011.
Research director and publication editor of 1998 Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas I, Hugh has written several birding guides including Birding Colorado, and served as president of Denver Audubon Society, Denver Field Ornithologists, and the Colorado Mountain Club. Hugh and his wife, Urleen, teach a beginning and master birding classes for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver.
Coordinator of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Mike was founder and executive director of the Colorado Bird Observatory (1988-2001) and is gifted in creating collaborative conservation efforts. He has given over 140 professional meeting presentations and published in such journals as Birding and Bird Conservation, The Auk, Audubon Field Notes, and Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club).
A formidable partner with Rich on many ornithological projects, Kim co-authored “Birds of Western Colorado Plateau and Mesa Country” and joined him in studying the rare and elusive Black Swift, their most significant research endeavor, which was recognized in 2013 by the US Forest Service as it honored Kim for outstanding achievement in bird conservation with the Research and Partnership Award.
Bald Eagle Watch coordinator since 1990, Nelda managed and served as visitor naturalist for this citizen science program started by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to view the nesting eagles at Barr Lake. She helped create RMBO’s first programs to teach schoolchildren and adults about birds and nature during spring field trips and fall bird banding at Barr Lake.
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