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.
In the spring of 2012, a web cam was installed for the public to view a pair of osprey at the Fairgrounds. The camera records amazing footage of the birds mating, the eggs hatching and feeding activities.
Wildlife sightings are posted by staff and community members on iNaturalist. Check out the Boulder County Wildlife project to see recent sightings and to post your own observations of mammals, birds, insects, spiders, reptiles, and amphibians.
Front Range Cougar Study
The Front Range Cougar Study is ongoing research conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife along the northern Front Range. There are many different research aims from the program, but primary among them is to better understand the interactions between humans and cougars in this space shared by the two. Boulder County Parks and Open Space has cooperated since 2007. More than 15 different cougars have been captured and radio-collared on open space lands.
For the past several years, Boulder County has been cooperating with Colorado State University and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks to study bobcats. This bobcat study shares much of the same study area as the Cougar Study, and will allow researchers (and Colorado Parks and Wildlife) to compare bobcat habitat use with the cougar use, overlaid over the patterns of human use and development – over the same time period on the same ground. The bobcat study also had multiple cameras up observing wildlife activity patterns (time of day, season), resulting in some great footage and documenting rare species.
A complete list of research reports can be found at Research on Open Space.