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Open Space & Mountain Parks Recruiting Volunteers to Help Monitor and Protect Raptor Nests

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department is recruiting volunteers to help the department monitor raptor nesting on the Flatirons, along Boulder’s mountain backdrop and other open space areas. For more than 30 years, dedicated volunteers have assisted the City of Boulder in monitoring birds of prey nests, helping the city to safeguard sensitive habitats where bald eagles, golden eagles, prairie falcons and peregrine falcons have raised hundreds of fledglings.

OSMP raptor monitor volunteers provide weekly information to OSMP staff about the status of nests. The program seeks volunteers who:

  • Have a desire to work outdoors and can work independently.
  • Are able to observe raptor sites for several hours at a time.
  • Want to hike steep trails in a safe and responsible manner.
  • May be familiar with birds of prey or are willing to learn.
  • Are committed to helping protect sensitive wildlife habitats.

Volunteers must submit an application and attend required training. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of four hours per week during the raptor breeding season, February through July. Space in this volunteer program is limited. For more information, please visit or call OSMP at 303-441-3440.

Published: Nov. 29, 2019

Media Contacts:

Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-349-2438
Bryan Rachal, Deputy Director of Communications, 303-441-3155