What We Do

Wildlife biologists work towards the conservation of wildlife resources on open space in a practical and responsible manner. We also manage public lands in response to the effects of urbanization, fragmentation, and increased recreation, and address wildlife conflicts in response to agriculture needs and neighboring property owners. We also:

  • Conduct surveys to understand the wildlife resources that exist on open space lands and incorporate the information in management and project planning.
  • Work cooperatively with other programs and wildlife agencies to manage, plan and create healthy wildlife habitat.
  • Develop public educational programs about wildlife resources and help increase public participation.

Prairie Dog Management

Boulder County seeks to develop a prairie dog management strategy that results in prairie dogs thriving where appropriate on open space properties.
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Front Range Cougar Study

The Front Range Cougar Study will conclude its final year in 2013. Boulder County Parks and Open Space has assisted the Colorado Parks and Wildlife with its five-year study to better understand the interactions between humans and cougars. More than 15 adult cougars were captured and radio-collared on open space lands.
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Other Research

For the past few years, Jesse Lewis, a graduate student at Colorado State University, has been conducting research on bobcats in the front range. The research examines bobcats and their relationships to human settlement density and trails. Motion-activated cameras were used and captured some great footage of bobcats and other wildlife, like these bears using a tree as a scratch post at Heil Valley Ranch.

A complete list of research reports can be found at Research on Open Space.

Osprey Camera

In the spring of 2012, a web cam was installed for the public to view a pair of osprey at the Fairgrounds. The camera recorded amazing footage of the birds mating, the eggs hatching and feeding activities.
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Trail Cam Photos

View some of the best photos taken using remote cameras. Motion-activated cameras help us inventory and monitor wildlife.



Notes From The Field

Updates from staff are posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Partnering Agencies


Parks & Open Space
Susan Spaulding

Dave Hoerath

Mac Kobza

Michelle Durant