100 Women for the Wild

100 Women for the Wild Pika Field Day
100 Women for the Wild Pika Field Day, 7/29/2017. Photos by: left and top right: Andrea Lauritzen; bottom right: Chris Talbot-Heindl

Who We are:

We are women, young and young-at-heart, working together to protect the wildlife and biodiversity of our region. We are activists, artists, scientists, students, and concerned citizens, all working together. And we’re mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, partners, or friends who know that our future, and the future of those we love, depends on our ability to preserve the web-of-life that supports us all.

What We Do:

100 Women for the Wild supports on-the-ground conservation projects led by Rocky Mountain Wild. Our donations, volunteer time, and expertise help Rocky Mountain Wild to protect and restore over 500 rare and imperiled plant and animal species in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. Additionally, through our Emerging Female Leader fund and internships, we work to reduce gender bias in our field and provide empowering real-world work experiences for women exploring careers in biology and science.

How It Works:

Each member of the group donates at least $100 each year, with the goal of raising a total of $10,000 for wildlife conservation. Each year if, as a group, we raise more than our $10,000 goal, this extra generosity is set aside into an Emerging Female Leader fund to support one or more internship positions at Rocky Mountain Wild. (You can even schedule your donation for $10 per month for the next 10 months.)

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100 Women for the Wild Event Series

We have films, hikes, and activism opportunities planned. These events are a chance to connect with others in the community who care about furthering the mission of supporting women in STEM fields and protecting the biodiversity in our region.

Upcoming Events:

Mr. B’s Presents: Raw and Natural II

Join us for Raw and Natural II – Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits latest series of Denver wine tasting events open to the public! We will be sampling more than 75 different wines with bites from Safta Restaurant at RedLine Denver. All profits from this event go to support our work protecting, connecting, and restoring wildlife and wild lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region.

When: Friday, November 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: RedLine Denver, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets: Tickets are $50 with a $5 discount for multiple tickets. Reserve your spot today.

Past Events Included:

  • Intro to Vegan Cooking: Protecting Wildlife with Your Food Choices. Participants learned about vegan foods, how they reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect biodiversity, and prepared dishes.
  • Wolf Awareness Night – an evening of myth busting and celebration, including the unveiling of a wolf mural by artist Valerie Rose, wolf trivia, and live music.
  • Bat Chat & Hike (*twice* with requests to do it again!) – a chat about bat ecology and behavior and a short hike at dusk to watch the bats as they get active with bat biologist Christine Avena, PhD candidate at CU Boulder.
  • ABC’s of Bees – a discussion of how bees make honey, a peak inside their kingdom, and a sampling of local honey, soaps, and candles with Beth Conrey of Bee Squared Apiaries.
  • Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center Volunteer Day – a tour of the center, discussion of their mission, and some volunteer opportunities to help the wildlife we co-exist with in Colorado in a big way at Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center.
  • Colfax Marathon, #RunWild for Women in Science. We raised $900 to support paid summer internships for our 100 Women for the Wild program in the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon!
  • Public Defense Workshops (*thrice* with requests to do it again!) – days where we learn about and take direct action on something happening on our public lands. Past events have included a defense of the Endangered Species Act actions, actions to protect Gunnison sage-grouse, and oil and gas lease comments.

And, the fun part…

We get together once a year over snacks and drinks to talk about how our donations were applied, and to help direct where it might go in the future. We learn about issues, listen to each other, and provide encouragement and expertise. Of course, you don’t need to be local to join in. We provide lots of information to our group through email, social media, and the occasional phone call.

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