Are you interested in surveying for birds and butterflies or bees around Fort Collins this summer? Become a Citizen Scientist Volunteer with the Natural Areas’ Nature in the City Biodiversity Project! This free program is open to anyone 18 or older (children can accompany adult participants). The goal is to enlist the help of Fort Collins citizens to collect long-term ecological data that will 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."
Recent MS graduate and former Research Coordinator Cooper Farr delivered a webinar on her research to the Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program, entitled "Social and Ecological Aspects of Conservation Development as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation." View a recording of the webinar here.
FWCB undergraduate Grete Wilson-Henjum wrote a blog post for the Center for Collaborative Conservation on her experiences working for the Nature in the City Biodiversity Project this summer, entitled "Connecting Nature and the City." The full post can be viewed here.
The Nature in the City Biodiversity Project is a new citizen science program in Fort Collins, Colorado. During June and July of 2015, citizen volunteers learned about urban wildlife and explored the many natural spaces in Fort Collins as they conducted bird and butterfly surveys throughout the city.Those interested in participating in future years can visit the Biodiversity Project website to learn more about the program and sign up!
GCRT research coordinator Cooper Farr presented her M.S. thesis research at the FWCB Graduate-Faculty Seminar Series on Friday, April 3rd at 3pm in Wagar 133. Her talk was entitled "Effects of conservation development design and stewardship on birds and mammals in northern Colorado."
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU published a blog post by Drs. Liba Pejchar and Sarah Reed. The post describes the collaboration between the Global Challenges Research Team on Conservation Development and the Nature in the City initiative, and can be viewed here.
Updated Rural Land Development Regulations for Teton County, WY are now available for public review, and can be found here. Dr. Sarah Reed and Dr. Liba Pejchar provided best-practices expertise in conservation development tools and design, and helped Teton County to evaluate its current regulations and incentives, identify best practices to consider, develop possible tools for implementation, and review drafts of the regulations as they were developed.
The Draft Nature in the City Strategic Plan was released on February 9, 2015. The City of Fort Collins is seeking feedback on the draft plan, and are holding an open house on Thursday, February 19th from 4pm-7pm in the Community Room, 215 N. Mason Street. Those interested can read the strategic plan using this link, attend the open house, and/or provide feedback online using this link.
Liba Pejchar and Lindsay Ex are leading a Nature in the City graduate seminar (ECOL 592) at Colorado State University during spring 2015. The seminar provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with the City of Fort Collins to design and sustain urban open space in our community. For more information, see the course listing at the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology's ECOL 592 webpage.
On January 6, 2015, Ensia magazine published a story on conservation development. The story features several GCRT members including Dr. Sarah Reed, and also mentions our current field study on birds and mammals in conservation developments in northern Colorado. The article can be found here.
A paper by University of Florida M.S. student Daniel Feinberg was published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. The paper is titled "Evaluating management strategies to enhance biodiversity in conservation developments: Prospectives from developers in Colorado, USA," and can be viewed here.
GCRT co-leader Sarah Reed gave a presentation entitled "Land use and home sales in conservation and conventional development projects" at the Value in Rural Subdivision Design workshop on October 15, 2014. The workshop was organized by the Sonoran Institute in Bozeman, MT. More information can be found here.
GCRT research coordinator Cooper Farr gave a presentation on a portion of her Master's thesis research at the joint meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists in September, 2014. Her talk was entitled "Effects of conservation development design and stewardship on bird communities in Northern Colorado." The abstract can be viewed here.
In December 2013, GCRT member Lindsay Ex was interviewed by Harvest Public Media about development-supported agriculture: a conservation development related project where farms are incorporated into residential communities. Listen to the story and read the article here: Subdivisions Build Around Farms
GCRT co-leader Sarah Reed has a new article in press in the journal Conservation Biology which assesses the degree to which conservation development (CD) is permitted or encouraged by local land-use regulations in the western U.S. The study found that, despite strong economic incentives for CD, several issues may limit the effectiveness of CD for biodiversity conservation. Read the full article here: Guidelines and Incentives for Conservation Development in Local Land-Use Regulations.
We welcomed Cooper Farr as our GCRT's new Research Coordinator in August 2013. Cooper worked with us over the summer as a field assistant, implementing a pilot study of native birds and mammals in conservation developments in Boulder and Larimer Counties. She has accepted our offer to stay on as a M.S. student this fall, and her responsibilities will include coordinating the GCRT’s activities.
Urban Land magazine published an article highlighting our GCRT's study on home sales in CD subdivisions: Land Conservation Boosts Home Values in Western Subdivisions.
The Wall Street Journal published an article highlighting our GCRT's study on home sales in CD subdivisions: Why Homes with Open Space Command Big Bucks. The study was led by GCRT member Chris Hannum and published in the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate.
GCRT member Jessica Sushinsky gave a talk entitled "Building Cities for Birds and People" in February 2013. This event was co-hosted by the Conservation Development GCRT and the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology as part of the Graduate-Faculty Seminar Series.
GCRT co-leader Sarah Reed gave a presentation entitled "Strong Incentives and Weak Guidelines for Conservation Planning in Local Land-Use Regulations" as part of the US Forest Service's Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation webinar series. The webinar was recorded and is available for download here: Session #10: Tools for Conservation Planning.
GCRT co-leader Sarah Reed was featured in a recent article in the High Country News discussing how conservation development can reduce habitat fragmentation caused by exurban sprawl. Read the full article here: Subdividing for Wildlife?
Sarah Reed and Lindsay Ex presented a webinar for the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation on results of our needs assessment for a collaborative learning network for practitioners engaged in CD. A recording of the webinar is available on the Switzer Foundation website.
Sarah Reed, Liba Pejchar, and Miranda Mockrin co-organized a symposium on conservation development for the North America Congress for Conservation Biology.
Please contact our Research Coordinator, Cooper Farr, if you are interested in learning more about our team or receiving updates about our research initiatives and events.