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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Wednesdays in the Wild

Every fourth Wednesday of the month, the 100 Women for the Wild presents “Wednesdays in the Wild.” We have films, hikes, and activism opportunities planned for these Wednesdays. These events are free and open to the public and are a chance to connect with others in the community who care about furthering the mission of supporting women in STEM fields.

Wednesdays in the Wild have ended for the season but will start up again in the Spring when the weather is nice again! Stay tuned for more opportunities to join!

Past Wednesdays in the Wild included:

  • Bat Chat & Hike – 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.

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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Join these Trailblazers*:

Christine Avena, Jennifer Barrow, Maureen Beacom, Sabrina Biery, Missy Bonaker, Christy Carello, Jana Cytrynbaum, Susan Dellinger, Diana Dodge, Tweedie Doe, Jeannie Dunham, Polly Ehrenhaft, Linda Espinosa, Alison Gallensky, Erica Garroutte, Emily Grant, Bailey Hamler, Tracy Hansen, Clarisa Hernandez, Patricia Hinnen, Hollis Hope, Barbekka Hurtt, Shannon Jacobs, Melissa Johnsen, Nicky Johnson, Christine Julich, Maggie Kates, Nora Kelly, Meredith Kersten, Laura Kottlowski, Jody Krieg, Andrea Lauritzen, Katrina Loewy, Kathy Ludwig, Amy Masching, Andrea McMahon, Caitlin Mercier, Lynne Montague-Clouse, Megan Mueller, Carrie Noonan, Rebecca Otey, Tehri Parker, Angelia Prather, Erica Prather, Pam Proto, Andrea Ray, Chris Ray, Melissa Reed-Eckert, Cathy Regan, Emmy “Super Monkey Girl” Shininger, Juli Slivka, Terri Slivka, Jean Smith, Emily Speck, Erin Stotz, Julia Sullivan, Barbara Talbot, Chris Talbot-Heindl, Anita Taylor, Gabby Vermeire, Lisa Warren, Andrea West

* “a person who marks or prepares a trail through a forest or field for other people to follow.”