DFO Conservation

The DFO Conservation Committee was created in 2019 in response to our members’ wishes for a more active conservation presence. The committee works to:

  • Help DFO members stay informed and engaged on conservation issues where we bird
  • Represent DFO at forums where decisions affecting birds and habitat are made
  • Recommend action as needed to the DFO Board of Directors
  • In concert with our allies, monitor, report on and react to threats to birds and habitat primarily in the metro Denver area, but occasionally in other parts of Colorado or nationally

For example, the Committee is currently monitoring and offering feedback to the Colorado State Land Board in its ongoing deliberation over the future of Chico Basin Ranch. We are also engaged with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on the issue of access to State Wildlife Areas, and participate in CPW’s Wildlife and Habitat Roundtable.

The DFO conservation committee highlights three greatest threats to birds. Click on the header bar to get a bit more detail and resources on these threats. Each threat will also have some things you can do to help mitigate the problem and one or two links to some helpful resources.

Feral & Free-roaming Cats
    Whether abandoned to fend for themselves or cuddly, beloved house-pets allowed outdoors, today’s domesticated cats are an invasive species that kills well over 1 billion birds every year. SOLUTIONS
    To help diminish the threat, visit the American Bird Conservancy’s “Happy Cats, Healthy Birds” solution.
Bird/Window Collisions
    Millions of birds die annually via collisions with windows, wind turbines, and other structures, especially during migration. SOLUTIONS
    Make your home windows safer and participate in the Lights Out Denver project
Habitat Loss
    Deforestation, sprawl and development, pesticides and non-native plants all contribute to shrinking habitat.
    Think about making your home’s landscape friendlier to birds and pollinators, and encouraging your local government to do the same on public lands.

If you have an interest in serving on the Committee or want more information, please contact the Chair. If you want to explore how you can help DFO in more specific ways, reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator. For information on current and past Committee actions, refer to our club newsletter, The Lark Bunting.