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ColonyWatch: Monitoring Colorado Waterbirds

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor colonial waterbirds in Colorado
Task ColonyWatchers gather information about colony size and location
Where Colorado, United States of America Colorado

ColonyWatch volunteers monitor colonial waterbirds in Colorado, and resource managers use this information to effect long-term conservation. Anyone who enjoys birds and is concerned with their conservation can be an effective ColonyWatcher.

ColonyWatchers devote anywhere from an hour to several days monitoring a colony. A large colony containing several species may require a number of visits, each of several hours duration. Most of the colonies are small and many can be surveyed in a single visit. Most ColonyWatchers take responsibility for a single colony, but some have adopted up to a dozen.

Anyone who has an interest can acquire the necessary skills, and technical support is always available from the project coordinator and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Become a ColonyWatcher today!

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!

To volunteer or for more information, please contact the project coordinator at:

Jason Beason
Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
39405 Lund Road
Paonia, Colorado 81428
(970) 310-5117

Project Timing Breeding season, March through July
Special Skills Must be able to identify 15 species of waterbirds, training provided
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, On a hike, On a walk, run, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags birds, birdwatching, colorado, river, water birds
Project Updated 05/30/2017