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Wild Boulder Citizen Science Project

Wild Boulder Citizen Science Project

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With a free iNaturalist account, you can help our land managers improve their understanding of what Boulder County's wildlife needs in order to thrive in this unique ecosystem we call home. 

Anyone can use  iNaturalist to share wildlife sightings and observations with an international community of other naturalists and scientists. You can create your own online collection, life list or virtual zoo and get help from experts to identify what you spotted. And each sighting you upload becomes a data point available to researchers all over the world.

​City Nature Challenge Event 

Help us show the world how biodiverse Boulder County, Colorado is by making as many observations of as many species as possible from April 27-30, 2018!

Any observations of plants, animals, insects, and fungus you find throughout all of Boulder County's urban areas or open space trails will count. Not only will these observations help build up the baseline of Boulder County biodiversity, but it will provide local land managers with the data they need to protect these wild spaces and animals.

65 cities from around the world will compete in this year's  City Nature Challenge  to see which city has the most nature. Last year, 4,000 citizen scientists observed 8,500 species and recorded 126,000 observations!

Follow us on Facebook  and check back for updates on our April 2018 kick-off event and additional programs.

Until then, upload your wildlife observations to the  Wild Boulder iNaturalist project page

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Be Safe / Keep Wildlife Safe

The iNaturalist Boulder County Wildlife Project is not a site for reporting issues with wildlife. Please report sick or injured wildlife to Animal Protection in the City of Boulder (303-441-3333) or Boulder County (303-441-4444).

When observing wildlife, always:

  • Follow all rules and regulations posted at each property.
  • Never harass or change the behavior of wildlife in any way. Watch from a distance and do not disturb their normal behavior.
  • Observe animals from a safe distance. If the animal appears nervous, points its ears toward you, or runs away, you are too close.
  • Do not disturb nesting birds, which may cause them to abandon their nest.
  • Do not feed or approach animals, or call animals to you. Try to avoid eye contact, especially if they get alarmed.
  • Respect all wildlife closures, posted on trailhead kiosks and in brochures.

SENSITIVE SPECIES: Some species may attract unwanted attention from the public. Large numbers of people may flock to see a particular animal once its location is known, creating safety concerns for both the public and the animal.

To protect wildlife, we ask that you voluntarily obscure* or delay for several weeks posting the exact locations of sensitive species. These include:

  • Black bears
  • Mountain Lions
  • Moose
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Please do not post locations of animals with young.
  • Please do not post sightings of sensitive wildlife within neighborhoods.

* To obscure your GPS data point, change the geoprivacy option in the drop down menu below the map when you post an observation. When coordinates are obscured it means that a random point within 0.2 degree of the true coordinates is shown publicly, while the true coordinates are only visible to you and project administrators.

“The City of Boulder, Boulder County and The WILD Foundation disclaim liability for ads, videos, promoted content or comments accessible from any external webpage.


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Sponsoring Organizations: 

Boulder County Parks and Open Space

The Wild Foundation   

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

City of Boulder Animal Protection

City of Boulder Urban Wildlife Office

Resilient Together

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