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Nature in the City

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  •   Dept Head: John Stokes

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Citizen Science Biodiversity Project

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Nature in the city logo You can help as a citizen scientist by learning to monitor birds and butterflies around Fort Collins. The goal is to collect long-term ecological data that will help support the Nature in the City Strategic Plan to maintain "a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife."

Volunteers will learn about urban wildlife and explore the many natural spaces in Fort Collins as they conduct scientific surveys for birds and butterflies. No experience is necessary! The next trainings will be in 2019.

How Surveys Work

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Sampling points are in public and private natural spaces including city parks, natural areas, and open spaces in residential and commercial developments.Volunteers visit sampling points and record what they observe.

  • Bird Surveys
    Citizen scientists will conduct "point count" surveys for birds between 6:00-10:00 a.m. They will spend a five minutes listening and looking for birds from a list of 15 species.
  • Butterfly Surveys
    Citizen scientists will collect butterfly data using the "Pollard walk" method between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. They will walk along a line and use butterfly nets to capture, identify, and release butterflies from a list of 10 species.


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