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Burrowing owl


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

prairie dog

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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Osprey Camera

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 records amazing footage of the birds mating, the eggs hatching and feeding activities.

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Critter Snap

Critter Snap Citizen Science Project

Critter Snap is a citizen science project that contains hundreds of photos from wildlife cameras. Anyone can view the photos and help categorize and identify wildlife.

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Boulder County Wildlife

Boulder County Wildlife iNaturalist Project

Boulder County Wildlife is a citizen science project found on iNaturalist. It is a joint project with the City of Boulder and The Wild Foundation. Use it to share your wildlife sightings.

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Mountain Lion Research

Mountain Lion with radio collar

Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducted a research project to better understand the interactions between humans and mountain lions. More than 15 mountain lions were captured and radio-collared on open space lands.

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Research Reports

Turtles on log

View the collection of over 110 research projects, scientific papers, biological inventories, and other research reports.

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Great Horned Owl Nest Near S. Boulder Road & McCaslin Blvd

The great horned owl nest located within the South Boulder Road Right-of-Way has been active for the past two years after a four year absence of activity. As of April 25, it appears that at least one chick has been found dead on the road, and the location of the other chick is unknown. Unfortunately, this pattern has been repeated every year that this nest has been active, with many chicks being found dead. There is a chance that some chicks, through the years, have left the nest and found their way to safety, but this is unknown.

This location is challenging for many reasons including these many confirmed mortalities. Additionally, there have been times when several photographers/observers have been present along the roadside, which is not a safe situation for the public.

Boulder County Parks & Open Space, along with Boulder County Transportation, have made the decision to close the ‘cave’ within this cut bank Right-of-Way due to these many complexities.

We know that this site is much-loved by many in our community. It is wonderful to be able to observe wildlife so readily, and many people have expressed their love of this site. We understand that our decision to close this site might be disappointing to some, but we ask for the public’s support due to the many fatalities of the young chicks, as well as public safety.

Trail Cam Photos

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


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Parks & Open Space


Parks & Open Space

Dave Hoerath

Parks & Open Space

Mac Kobza

Parks & Open Space

Michelle Durant