Community Science Programs

Help us conserve birds as a community scientist. Click below to learn about our programs and how to volunteer!

Bald Eagle Watch

Photo by Anne Whithurst

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Bald Eagle Watch program was started in 1988 to monitor and help protect the Bald Eagle nest at Barr Lake State Park northeast of Denver. Now, community scientists with the Bird Conservancy monitor eagle nests across the Front Range to provide information to biologists on the nesting success of the Colorado population.
What: Monitor and collect data on Bald Eagle nesting behavior and productivity. Report any disturbances that may impact nesting eagles. Data help wildlife managers and conservation groups ensure continued healthy populations of Bald Eagles.
When: February to July
Where: Colorado’s Front Range, from Brighton to Fort Collins
Who: Anyone who can monitor designated nest(s) weekly for a minimum of one hour, fill out a data sheet and enter into an online reporting system; can drive to nest site; enjoys monitoring either alone or with another person; and has a spotting scope or binoculars
Training: January at the Bird Conservancy’s Environmental Learning Center in Brighton, Colorado
Contact: Matt Smith, Avian Ecologist at (970) 482-1707 ext, 32 or via email.

Eastern Screech-Owl Project

What: Monitor and collect data on Eastern Screech-Owls and other owl species living along the Cache la Poudre River. Data help guide habitat restoration efforts along the river.
When: March to mid-May
Where: Survey sites along Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado
Who: Anyone with an interest in owls. Requires the ability to conduct surveys at night, follow a standardized protocol, and drive to monitoring sites and walk to river.
Training: late February at the Bird Conservancy’s office in Fort Collins, Colorado
Contact: Rob Sparks, Research Biologist/GIS Manager, (970) 482-1707 x19 or [email protected]

For more information:

Bald Eagle Watch
Matt Smith
Outreach Biologist
(970) 482-1707 ext, 32

Eastern Screech-Owl Project
Rob Sparks
Research Biologist/GIS Manager
(970) 482-1707 x19

Photo Credit:
Chuck Hundertmark