The prairie in Colorado is home to a lot of cool wildlife.
This is the story of how Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Avian Research and Wildlife Health Programs
teamed up with partners to study and test a new plague vaccine and improve habitat for endangered black-footed ferrets and other wildlife. Avian Researchers have documented the benefits of maintaining active prairie dog colonies for many species such as ferruginous hawks, golden eagles, various grassland songbirds, coyotes, and badgers. For more information, see the Avian Response to Plague Management Research
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Avian Research Section conducts original research on the ecology and management of birds and their habitats. Emphasis is on addressing information needs for bird species of high management priority in the state of Colorado.
The program seeks to:
Acquire new knowledge on bird ecology
Develop and assess bird-monitoring efforts
Develop and evaluate bird conservation programs in Colorado
Avian Researchers work to:
Synthesize existing information
Produce new information/knowledge
Facilitate integrating information into agency programs and decisions that affect hunted, non-hunted, and threatened and endangered birds
The program routinely contributes original articles to the peer-reviewed ecological and wildlife science literature. Avian Research personnel also serve on various committees and working groups with other partners (state, federal, and local governments, and non-governmental organizations) in bird research and conservation.