Safeguarding Boulder’s Birds of Prey
For 31 years, more than 100 dedicated volunteers have helped the City of Boulder monitor bird of prey nests found on city open space. Their careful monitoring of raptor nests has helped the city to safeguard habitats where bald eagles, golden eagles and peregrine falcons have raised hundreds of fledglings over the last three decades.
Learn more about this important wildlife protection effort and these dedicated volunteers – some of whom served for more than 20 years – in video series produced by Megan King, the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department and Boulder TV 8. Also read a note from Megan, which is below the videos, about her experience documenting these volunteers’ work.
Safeguarding Boulder’s Birds of Prey: Jim Boeck
Jim Boeck has been monitoring raptors with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) for the past 17 years. He has monitored several different species and has quite a few stories to tell.
Safeguarding Boulder’s Birds of Prey: Chrisil Arackaparambil
Chrisil Arackaparambil, an OSMP volunteer for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department, spends his days in front of a screen as a computer scientist. To him, participating in this program allows him to exercise a different part of his brain.
Safeguarding Boulder’s Birds of Prey: Delyn Drake
Delyn Drake, a second-year raptor monitor for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department monitors peregrine falcons. Through participating in this program, she has gained a better understanding and a new appreciation for the seasonal raptor closures enacted by OSMP to protect nesting habitat for local birds of prey.
"OSMP volunteers and staff exude a deep passion for the work they do. They are exemplary models when it comes to learning about the environment around them and then helping to protect it for current and future generations. Getting to hear so many different stories and share them on a broader scale was the highlight of my summer. From this project I have walked away with a better understanding of what it means to be involved in the Boulder community and how important it is to spend time in nature."