8 exciting ways you can save our marvelous wildlife

Black-footed ferrets
A pair of black-footed ferrets emerging from a prairie dog hole, courtesy of Kimberly Fraser, USDA (public domain)

Protecting biodiversity is a big job and one we do better as a community! Here are just eight ways you can engage with our work to protect the wildlife and wild lands you care about:

1. Join the Colorado Pika Project.

Volunteer community scientists, known as Pika Patrollers, hike to high-altitude field sites to collect data on the presence of pikas and the characteristics of their habitat. When you volunteer, you’re not only helping scientists track how climate change is impacting the pika, but you’re also helping find solutions to other potential threats.

2. Download and use the Pika Patrol app.

This app allows you to record observations of American pikas wherever you find them! Even if you’ve never seen a pika before, Pika Patrol will teach you to identify them by sight, calls, haypiles, and scat.

3. Join the Colorado Bat Watch community science team.

Colorado Bat Watch was developed by us in collaboration with bat experts from the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, and the North American Bat Monitoring Program to collect data that will enable these agencies to monitor bat species over time.

4. Join the Colorado Corridors Project.

The Project is an initiative to engage volunteers in wildlife monitoring at the location of proposed crossing structures along East Vail Pass! Volunteers assist with setting up and checking remote-triggered cameras in the field to help us know which species are trying (or not trying) to cross I-70.

5. Participate in the Go Big! Central Colorado Bighorn Sheep Survey.

The Go Big! community science project engages communities in recording observations of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, domestic sheep, and domestic goats. The data collected will inform conservation strategies for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and will help inform efforts to prevent disease outbreaks from domestic sheep and goats that could devastate bighorn sheep herds.

6. Participate in comment periods.

Rocky Mountain Wild participates in Resource Management Plan revisions as well as oil and gas leasing. We analyze each and every proposed parcel for oil and gas lease sales and let you know which parcels overlap with important wildlife and wild lands and provide resources to submit your comments to ask the Bureau of Land Management to remove those parcels.

Current Comment Periods:

Take action to protect greater sage-grouse habitat in Wyoming. The scoping information for Wyoming Bureau of Land Management’s (the Bureau’s) 2nd Quarter 2024 oil and gas lease sale has been screened by Alison and there are overlaps with greater sage-grouse habit, including priority habitat. Please take a moment to use our resources to submit your comments ahead of the November 15 deadline.

7. Attend our events.

You can learn more about the species and wild places in our care and how you can help them during events where we bring in our friends at partner organizations to share the work they are doing. Rocky Mountain Wild holds Colorado Endangered Species Week every May where we share how you can help imperiled, threatened, and endangered wildlife and the wild lands they depend on.

Upcoming Event:

December 7 in Breckenridge – Register for An Evening of Conservation and Connection with Ben Goldfarb. The event will feature a discussion with Ben, who is known for advocating animal protection from road-related dangers, and a screening of Deer 139, a documentary on deer migration. Learn more and register.

8. Donate to the cause!

You can donate directly, adopt plush pika, or join our Super Species Squad of monthly donors to support the work we do and the wildlife and wild lands in our region.

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