Our Supporters

Thank you to the growing number of supporters of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies!

Friends of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies give leadership support of $500 or more annually. Generous gifts from Friends in 2019 provided critical discretionary funds to help us achieve our mission, retain a talented team of staff and volunteers, and deliver programs that continue three decades of migratory milestones. You helped make the successes listed in this annual report for people, birds and land a reality. Thank you for soaring with us now and into the future!

Can you stretch your wings and become a Friend in 2020?
Contact Kelli Hirsch, Development Manager, at (303) 659-4348 ext. 12 or by email to find out how you can become a Friend.

Photo: Friends of Bird Conservancy Paul Slingsby and Kevin Corwin (far right) experience our work in the field. Graduate student Allison Pierce shared her work equipping Mountain Plover with small GPS “backpacks” to study their movement patterns.

2019 Featured Friend

Friends of a Feather

Purple Martins, Black Swifts create a Colorful Past, Present and Future

For Bird Conservancy Friend, John Barrow, love of wildlife has been a part of life at every stage. As a child living on his grandfather’s ranch in South Texas, John recalled being around all sorts of wildlife. During college summers, he worked for the Forest Service in the Jackson Hole, WY as a Wilderness Patrolman. By the 1980s John was living and practicing law in Corpus Christi, TX. He spent much of his free time fishing and scuba diving along the mid Texas coast.

John gave a friend a Purple Martin house – thinking it a nice gift. Little did he know that his thoughtfulness would launch a lifelong passion. Their dependence on people for housing made the Purple Martin a PRIORITY in his life. John became a mentor to others and modeled generosity through birding. He made it a goal that whatever he spent on his martin colonies he would match by helping others with their colonies and/or donating to a bird conservation organization.

John and Louise near Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

John has been involved in the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), gifting donations, publishing articles, and attending conferences. It was through PMCA that he met his wife Louise Chambers who was editor and education director for PMCA and an expert birder and amateur photographer. Her move to Texas opened a TX chapter of PMCA.

John is a licensed bird bander who coordinated pioneer studies using geolocators. Through this research, he was introduced to Bird Conservancy (then RMBO) and its geolocator work with Black Swifts at Box Canyon in Ouray, Colorado. He and Louise made several trips to Ouray where they befriended this year’s Rich G. Levad Award Winner – Sue Hirschman; who, along with co-Winner Carolyn Gunn, have dedicated countless volunteer hours researching, tracking and affixing geolocators on Black Swifts.

“I was really thrilled to learn of your work on Black Swifts and discovering where they go. You just need a ladder to access Martin nests, but you need to be a professional mountain climber to access the Swifts’ nests,” John joked.

John and Louise have supported our Black Swift work as well as invested in Bird Conservancy through a donation to the Birds Forever Endowment Fund. This year, John and Louise became Golden Eagle Society members by notifying us of including Bird Conservancy in their estate plans.

“The goals of any credible conservation organization cannot be obtained without finances. They need our money now, and they’ll need it after we’re gone. Our contributions, no matter how large, or how small, all assist in continuing conservation and educational efforts. AND Y’all do great work!”

John and Louise have created their own bird sanctuary on a tract of land close to Corpus Christi.

2019 Supporters


The Bobolink Foundation
Knobloch Family Foundation
Warner Family Charitable Fund / American Endowment Foundation


John Barrow and Louise Chambers
Jack and Leslie Ferguson
Dick and Barb Holme
Larry Modesitt
The Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Foundation
Ricketts Conservation Foundation
Kathryn and Tim Ryan
Thornburg Foundation
Whiting Petroleum Corporation


Dale Campau
Kevin Corwin
Dave and Mary Driscoll
Harold R. and Ann M. Logan
The Lois Webster Fund of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver
New Belgium Brewing Company
Paul and Bea Sauer
Sidney E. Frank Foundation-Colorado Fund
Randall Siebert and Glenda Brown
Tammy and Kurt VerCauteren


4699 Marion, Inc.
Tom and Isabel Abbott
Adams County
Jim and Jill Anderson
Vince and Kathleen Auriemma
Misi and Robert Ballard
George Belsey
Mike Bloom
Denise and Mark Bretting
Brighton Legacy Foundation
Jim Wallace and Jan Fargo
David Charles and Katie Cattanach
Colorado Field Ornithologists
Denver Field Ornithologists
Eileen and Brian Dey
Shelley and Bev
The Driscoll Foundation
Michelle De Haan


Marjorie and Alan Folkestad
Ava Geupel
Jillian Gibbs
The GoodCoin Foundation
Gregg Goodrich and Ann Troth
Chuck Hunter
Jackson H. Fenner Foundation
Hugh and Urling Kingery
Kathleen Kortge
Eric Lane
Brenda and Roger Linfeld
Kathanne Lynch
Mary and Gay Mayer
Meredith McBurney
Pamela and Larry Meier
Randy and Nancy Morgan
Mortimer Charitable Lead Trust:
Catherine and Steve Symchych
Ed and Meg Nichols
Thomas Parchman
Pawnee Buttes Seed, Inc.
Nathan Pieplow
Jason and Kimberly Reynolds
Robert Righter
Roaring Fork Audubon Society
Joe and MaryAnne Roller
Susan Skagen
Paul and Bea Slingsby
Judith Spiegel and Lawrence Wysocki
Catherine Symchych
TBK Bank
Greg and Stephanie Thomas
United Power
Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson
Jack and Joan Whiting
Wild Birds Unlimited Fort Collins
Jim and Marilyn Wilson
Chris Wurth
Jon and Renee Zahourek


Peter Ampe
Sheila and Van Baker
Mary Beazley
Chuck and Nancy Bell
Anonymous (3)
John Daniel Brooke and Cheryl J. Teuton
Philippe and Alice Bucher


JW Cobb and BH Cobb
Community First Foundation
Fort Collins Community Fund of the
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Brian Currie
Kathleen Doyle
Lee and Linda Farrell
Justin and Jill Fischer
Geoff Geupel
Chuck and Honey Goldberg
Mackenzie Goldthwait and Douglas Kibbe
Peter and Yvonne Griffiths
JoAnn T Hackos
Deborah Hagood
Alison and August Hazel
Kelli and Geoff Hirsch
Sue Ellen Hirshman
Charles Hundertmark and Marjorie Jannotta
Nic and Mary Korte
Hod and Willa Kosman
Norman and Debbie Lewis
Cynthia Melcher
Paul Jensen
David Otis
Greg Penkowsky
Erik Peters and Julie Horan
Point7 Group
Melinda Quiat
C.J. and Carol Ralph
Robert and Shirley V Dahl Foundation
Christine and Chris Sibona
Elizabeth Smith
James R. Steverson
Stoldt Family
Jim and Kathleen Strickland
Jeff and Gail Strobel
Johnnie Moore and Lynn Tennefoss
Westervelt Ecological Services
Debbie Vischer
Jennifer Warner
Robert Warner
Tiffany and Chris Watts
Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc
Norma Whelchel
Wild Birds Unlimited of Arvada and Denver
Steve and Joy Wooten
Robert Youngberg

Our Flock of Supporters

Bonnie Adamson
Aiken Audubon Society
Kym Allison
Andrea Amato
Amazon Smile
Susan Anderson
Linda Andes-Georges
Anonymous (14)
Ronald and Deborah Anthony
Larry and Carol Farnsworth Armstrong
Tudi Arneill
Margaret and Vincent Arp
Christi Aultman
Cynde Barnes
Cecilia Barr
Betty Barton
Karen and David Baud
Mary Beck and Gary Spivak
Adam Beh
Tim and Jackie Bennett
Elizabeth Bennett
Joan Berg
Greg and Amber Berning
William Bevil
Birds & Beans LLC
Sondra Bland
Kevin Bliss
Maggie Boswell
Boulder Bird Club
Sara Breindel and Rajesh Kukreja
Mary Brisson
Luna Brkljac
Broomfield Birding Club
Broomfield Open Space Foundation
Richard and Jacqueline Bruggers
Serena Bruzgo
Sarah Burnett
Jonathan and Zinta Byrne
Lynne and Gary Caletti
Tony Caligiuri
Deidre Callanan
Bob Keller and K-Lynn Cameron
Art Campfield
Kathleen and David Carr
Maggie Carter
Mike and Stephanie Cash
Donald and Nadine Cassata
Shelly Catterson
Joel Chapa
Charles and Ida Wilson
Emilia Chavez
Judith Friend and Nelson Chenkin
Linda Cherney
Jamie and Will Chesser
Morris and Katy Clark
Patricia and Boyd Clark
Susan Clasen
Christina Clayton and Stanley Kolber
Deborah Clendenning
Carol Cochran
Carol Coe
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Joyce and Pascal Commercon
Confluent Design, Kevin Lyles
CW Coons
Hal Corbett and Katie Curtiss
Catherine and Robert Cormack
Dr. and Mrs. Edward Crane
Doris Cruze
Charles Curlee
J Cuthbertson
Jessica Daggett
Lisa Dahl
Tanner and Benjamin
Cathleen Davenhill
Madeline Day

Duke and Cathleen Deegan
Deru Family
Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright
Chelsea Dey
Nancy and Mike Diefenderfer
Lou Ann Dixon
Timothy Dudley
David and Ann Duey
Becky Dunbar
Laura Eberle
Annikki Elkind
Patricia Emmons
Tena and Fred Engelman
Terry Escamilla
Anne Esson
Deb Feder
Cynthia Ferguson
Steve and Nancy Fischer
Christine Fischer
Rebekah Fisher
Fort Collins Audubon Society
Erik Foster
Michael and Mary Frank
Roger Freeman
Ron and Betty Friedrich
Mark and Katherine Fulford
Andrea and Ed Furlong
John and Nelda Gamble
Mary Geder
Cameron and Dionna Ghalambor
Galen Gibson
Jane and Thomas Gidlewski
Diane Gilles
Monica Glickman
Brian Glover
Eleanor Goldthwait
Suzanne Grady
Liz Grant Hilton
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Celia Greenman
Rancho Largo Cattle Co.
Dale Grosbach
C&C Gulbransen
Mace Hack and Rosie Zweiback
Jane Haddock
Amy Hahn
Alan and Gini Hale
Joanne Haller
Jean Hancock
Connie Hauver
Kathryn Hawkins
Reid and Debbie Hayhow
Jane Heinz
Judith Henderson
Michael and Janet Henwood
Donna Herrick
Thomas A. Hicks
Robert and Patti Hill
David Hill
Sally and Jim Hodge
Graham and Catherine Hollis
Susan Honstein
Patrick Hub
Kathy Imel
Salentha Isaacson
Jill Jakowich
Jan Justice-Waddington
Jean and George Kachikis
Jan Kardatzke
Lisa Kehaya
Mary and William Keithler
Chris Ketterhgen
Michael Kiessig & Kacie Miller
Kelly Kimple
Katherine and Dick Kluender

Susan Knight
Alan Kreikemeier and Nora Bensko
Jennifer and Joel Lackey
Ron and Ann Lambeth
Todd and Melissa Leasia
Karen Levad
Deborah Lind
Thomas and Linda Litteral
Livermore Woman’s Club
Kim Long
Barb Lovick
Jane Low
Thomas Lundgren and Marjorie Morris-Lundgren
Cherie MacDonald
Anika Mahoney
Brynn and Emmett Manzella
Valerie Martino
Eileen Mast
Chuck and MB McAfee
Michael McAteer
Annie McClure
Janet McLachlan
Tobie McPhail
Amy E. Meller
Nancy and John Merrill
Walter and Carol Messier
Karen Metz
Kent Modesitt
Lyndy Modesitt
Libby Mojica
Dean Moore
Richard and Laurel Morris
Alan Heusdens and Kathleen Moses
Scott Mosiman
Robert and Juanita Moston
Lauren Mundt
Maryanne Murphy
Kathryn Mutz
Dave Neligh
John Nelson
David Newman
David and Sherry Nickolaus
Mark and Rebecca Niemeyer
Lee O’Brien
David Opperman
Cheryl Orwig
Hans Overduin
Christie Owens and Jim Petri
Manohar and Kim Panjabi
Jean Parker
David and Jo Anne Parkes
Michael Parr
Gregory Pavelka
Susan and David Peters
Carol Peterson
David and Shelley Petroy
Joann Pettinicchio
Carol Phelps
Kristen Philbrook
Denise Pickard
Pinnacle Wealth Management, Inc.
Ted and Cathy Pomeroy
Christopher Pope
Stephen and Suzy Price
Elaine Probasco
Susan Quinlan
Katharine Rase
Ricki Ravitts
John Rawinski
Curtis Woitte and Gretchen Ray-Woitte
Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Rea
James Reisert
Callie Rennison
Chad and Carin Richardson
Peter Robinson
Steven Roels

Midge Roosevelt
Cecile Rose and Richard Bieser
Kenneth and Anne Rosenberg
Janet M. Ruth and David J. Krueper
John Ruybal
Ernestina Ruybal
Brandt Ryder
Steve Ryder
Thomas Ryder
Gail Ryder
Julie Savidge
Buzz Schaumberg
Carol and James Schott
Cathi Schramm
Julie and John Schroeder
Terri and Keith Schulz
Michelle Seubert
Ashley and Michael Seymour
Betsy Shaw
John Shenot
Larry Sherman
Janet and Jerry Shin
Constance SiebenrockDiane Sipe
Kathryn Smith
Arthur Smith and Ann Gibson
Betty Snow
Bruce and Jan Snyder
Garth and Sara Spellman
David Steingraeber
Robert and Nancy Stocker
The Storied Brand
Dr. Robert & Karen Streeter
Kenneth Strom
Barb Stuart
Hannah Swift
D. Jean Tate
Phil and Starr Teague
James and Lois Theilmann
Charles Thornton-Kolbe
Candace Tomlinson
John Toolen
Fred and Beverly Trail
Rick and Adrienne Truex
Tuesday Birders
Harold and Debbie Tyber
Karen Uyeda
Jean Van Loan
Mel VerCauteren
Linda Vidal
Mike and Donna
Alexander Ware
Sally Waterhouse
Bea Weaver
David Weber
Manly Weidman
Cara Welch
James Welch
Gary and Elizabeth P. White
Diane White
Anne Whitehurst
Katheryn Whitesides
Thomas Wilberding
Tom Will
Thomas Williams
Cynthia Williamson
Mark Willms
Marvin and Hannah Woolf
Lloyd and Beverly Worth
William and Suzanne Wuerthele
David and Joan Wyly
Emil Yappert
Allen Yarger
Karen and Richard Yust
Ellen Zachary
Julie Zahniser
Cat Zummer

Golden Eagle Society

Making a difference for birds beyond your lifetime

Your gift has the power to help conserve birds and their habitats – both now and in the future. Have you included Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with a gift in your estate plan? If so, please let us know so you can become a member of the Golden Eagle Society. We would be honored to recognize your lasting legacy and faith in our mission.

Are your wings outstretched willing to make an estate gift, yet you haven’t been able to take flight on making that a reality? There are simple ways you can include Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in your estate plan that won’t affect your budget today and still ensure your loved ones and your feathered friends are cared for beyond your lifetime.

To find out more, contact:
Kelli Hirsch, Development Manager
(303) 659-4348 ext. 12
[email protected]


John Barrow and Louise Chambers
Chuck and Nancy Bell
Judith Friend and Nelson Chenkin
Victoria Collier *
Jim Duggan *
Dick and Barb Holme
Kathanne Lynch
Meredith McBurney
Larry Modesitt
Randy and Nancy Morgan
Thomas Parchman
Robert Righter
Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson

* In memoriam

In-Kind Donors

Tom and Isabel Abbott
Aldo Leopold Foundation
Peter Ampe
Avalanche Ranch
John Barry,Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)
Bas Bleu Theatre
Birds & Beans LLC
Beyond the Call Auctions
John Daniel Brooke & Cheryl J. Teuton
Sarah Burnett
Butterfly Pavilion
Cafe Vino
Children’s Museum of Denver
Copper Mountain Resort
Corner Post Meats
The Cupboard
Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Trolley
Rancho Largo Cattle Co.
Kelli Hirsch
Hot Corner Concepts
The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
International Crane Foundation
Luke Isakson *
Candice and Tim Johnson
Jean and George Kachikis *
Beth Knees *
Eric Lane
Kitty LeDonne
Gary Lefko *
Mark Feldstein & Associates, Inc
Larry Modesitt
Maryanne Murphy
New Belgium Brewing Company

Noppadol Paothong Photography
Thomas Parchman
Nathan Pieplow *
Anita Pool
Robert Righter
Kathryn and Tim Ryan
Brandt Ryder
Sand County Foundation
Santa’s Workshop
Signarama Brighton
Garth and Sara Spellman
St Julien Hotel and Spa
Swallow Hill Music
D. Jean Tate
TPC Colorado
Wild Birds Unlimited of Arvada

* Beaters for Tweeters vehicle donation