Lois Webster Fund Projects

Lois Webster Fund Projects Reports

YearProject NameDescriptionOrganizationResearcher
2016Backyard Bee Watchers Citizen Science LaunchTo protect native bee biodiversity and promote research a new upper Gunnison Valley citizen science project will increase the number of native bee nest boxes while educating the public to reduce the number of non-native bee hives.Rocky Mountain Biological LaboratoryDr. Amy Ellwein
Brown's Canyon National Monument BioblitzA Bioblitz and subsequent raptor nest surveys in the new Brown’s Canyon National Monument to gather information for managers to use in planning recreational uses.US Forest ServiceStephanie Shively
Importance of Habitat Heterogeneity to Distribution and Breeding Success in Shortgrass Steppe BirdsWithin a habitat island of remaining shortgrass prairie, discovering how birds respond to shifting vegetative cover caused by different grazing regimes with a focus on the McCown’s longspur nest survival, distribution and migration patterns.University of Colorado (Denver)Amber Carver
2015Colorado Butterfly Monitoring NetworkFunding will help expand monitoring of populations of Colorado butterflies with the addition of a full-time intern as well as additional research supplies.The Butterfly Pavilion/Sara Garret
Mountain Plover Habitat Use During Nest IncubationFunding supports researchers studying movement of adult plovers during nest incubation using GPS tags to track the birds' travels.University of Colorado (Denver)Colin Woolley
The Bees' Needs: Increasing the Impact of Citizen ScienceA redesign of web and database design services that aim to improve public understanding of native bee ecology and facilitate volunteers in documenting the diversity and abundance of solitary wood-nesting bees.University of Colorado (Boulder)Alexandra Rose
2014Avian Response to Habitat Manipulation and Fire in NW Colorado Oil and Gas FieldsExamines the responses of bird populations to habitat disturbance by fire and by mechanical manipulation to mitigate impacts of oil and gas development through bird and vegetation surveys on both types of sites.Colorado State UniversityTravis Gallo
Effect of Heavy Metal Stream Contamination on Bats in the Eastern RockiesAssessing the impact on bats of heavy metal contaminants in streams through examination of the quantity and quality of prey and water quality, at high, mid and low elevations along the Front Range.University of Northern ColoradoLaura Heiker
Habitat Use by Mountain Plover During Nest IncubationStudies the foraging movements of adult mountain plovers during the period when they are incubating eggs in the nest by equipping the birds with GPS tags, recovering the tags after hatching, and final analysis of the locational data from the tags.University of Colorado (Denver)Colin Woolley
2013Black Swift Diet in ColoradoCompilation of data on of the type, size and numbers of prey items taken by Black Swifts (cypseloides niger borealis) in Colorado, thereby identifying habitats important for foraging and potential habitat threats.US Forest Service, White River National ForestKim Potter
Habitat Manipulation Effects on Songbird and Small Mammal CommunitiesDetermines impacts of various habitat manipulation strategies on populations and behaviors of songbird and small mammal communities in a landscape dominated by energy development.Colorado State University Sarah Bombaci
Grassland Bird Conservation and Habitat Use in Northeastern ColoradoMeasure response to changes in habitat management for Mountain Plover, McCown's Longspur and Burrowing Owl on agricultural lands to identify techniques that will improve breeding conditions in developing Best Management Practices for landowners and and managers.Rocky Mountain Bird ObservatoryAngela Dwyer
Front Range Pika ProjectRecruit and train volunteers to collect data that will determine whether Pika distribution is declining and evaluate factors that may drive changes in Pika distribution throughout the Rocky Mountains' Front Range.Denver ZooAmy Masching
Rock Wren Nesting BehaviorsSeeks better understanding of Rock Wren (a species in decline) nesting behaviors in Northern Colorado foothills to discern specific threats whether from human disturbances or predators.University of Northern Colorado                                              Nat Waring  
2012Bedrock BioblitzA multi-disciplined documentation of the composition of a riparian habitat before and after a restoration project on the Dolores River, Colorado.Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Bird ObservatoryMartin Moses
Life Stage Male Bias Arising in Mountain PloverDetermining whether a male-biased sex ratio arises at the egg or chick stage of development in Mountain Plover.University of MontanaMaggie Riordan
Mammalian Habitat Use Along a Development Gradient in Northern ColoradoExamines how exurban development density influences mammalian species' habitat use and documents the threshold density at which mammals reduce their use of the habitat.Colorado State UniversityErica H. Goad
2011Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas IIFieldwork surveying, in priority blocks, for the second edition of Colorado Bird Breeding Atlas and which will also allow a comparison of current and historic data. Fort Lewis CollegeLynn Wickersham
Comparison of Abundant and Declining Bumble Bee SpeciesUsing molecular genetics techniques for investigation into the conservation status of an entire guild of bumblebees to compare declining species with stable species, and to compare fragmented versus continuous distributions as well as narrow versus broad elevational ranges.University of Colorado (Boulder)Carol Ann Kearns
Responses of  Burrowing Owls to Black-tailed Prairie Dog Alarm CallsStudying the way in which Burrowing Owls react to alarm calls by the prairie dogs in whose colony the birds live. University of Colorado (Denver)Rebecca Bryan
Urban Students and Urban SnakesUsing radio telemetry to study the ecology and population genetics of two species of sympatric garter snakes in Colorado at Lowry Wetlands in Denver.Metropolitan State College of Denver and Public School 1Eric Gangloff
2010Avian Communities' Changes in a Riparian HabitatTranscription and analysis of 50 plus years of bird banding data to determine how avian community composition has changed in a protected riparian area since cattle were excluded.University of Colorado (Boulder)Mysti Martin
Ecological Role of Free-ranging Domestic CatsMerging of biological and social science data to better understand the ecological role and actual risk to wildlife caused by free-ranging domestic cats in Colorado.Colorado State UniversityAshley Gramza
Hybridization Threats on Two Colorado Native Catostomids Genetic analysis of the extent of hybridization among two native and one non-native species of suckers in western Colorado for purposes of management and conservation of the native species.University of ColoradoSe Jin Song
2009Pawnee Montane Skipper Project Seeks to measure the distribution and abundance of immature stages (eggs, pupae, larvae) of the Pawnee Montane Skipper, a federally Threatened species, in blue grama grass, in areas affected by both wildfire and prescribed forest thinning adjacent to the South Platte River.   Colorado CollegeDr. Boyce Drummond
Townsend's Big-eared BatUse of radio telemeters for a study of roost sites and habitat associations of Townsend's Big-eared bats in southeastern Colorado. Colorado State UniversityRobert Schorr
2008Bats of Mesa VerdeSupport for interns to identify insect prey samples from bat species using burned and unburned areas of Mesa Verde National Park.Colorado State UniversityE. Apple Snider
Burrowing OwlSpotting scope loan for continued research on 2007 Burrowing Owl study. Colorado State UniversityDr. Mike Antolin
Mountain Plover Data from the Pawnee National GrasslandThe compilation and summary of data on Mountain plover populations collected from 1986 to 2007on the Pawnee National Grasslands by Dr. Fritz Knopf.US Forest ServiceElizabeth Humphreys
Pika and Climate Change?A resurvey of historically documented pika populations in the Southern Rockies, to test hypotheses addressing the causes of extirpations and distribution shifts in this critical pika stronghold.University of ColoradoLiesl Peterson
2007Burrowing OwlThe population dynamics of burrowing owls on the Pawnee spotting National Grassland with special Reference to plague and recreational shooting. $2000 for Field Technician/$897 for spotting scope.Colorado State University Dr. Mike Antolin
Wildlife Bridge FeasibilityUse of multiple sampling techniques to test roadway permeability and to monitor wildlife presence at Shrine Pass Road off Interstate 70 on Vail Pass.Southern Rockies Ecosystem ProjectPaige Bonaker
2006Aurora’s Big YearCreate a bird list for City of Aurora andincrease awareness and appreciate of birds City of Aurora, Parks and Open Space Dept.Mary Ann Bonnell
Bats of Mesa VerdeSupport for interns to identify insect prey samples from bat species using burned and unburned areas of Mesa Verde National Park.Colorado State University E. Apple Snider
Bats Population and Species DiversityMonitor bat populations at water holes in Boulder to determine populations and drinking patternsUniversity of Colorado (Boulder)Rick Adams
Burrowing Owl IISpotting scope loan for continued research on 2007 Burrowing Owl study. Colorado State UniversityDr. Mike Antolin
Pika and Climate ChangeA resurvey of historically documented pika populations in the Southern Rockies, to test hypotheses addressing the causes of extirpations and distribution shifts in this critical pika stronghold.University of ColoradoLiesl Peterson
2005Mountain Plover Surveys in the San Luis ValleyMountain plover numbers and distribution in the San Luis Valley, in Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties, based on previously reported sightings and suitable habitat locations . Rocky Mountain Bird ObservatoryTerri Hicks-Anderson
2004Conservation of Colorado's BatsTrapping of live bats safely as part of a thorough survey of bat species in upper-montane, mixed conifer forests in the Pikes Peak Region.Catamount InstituteSamantha Carpenter, Joseph Merritt, Et Al.
Grasslands BioblitzA biodiversity snapshot of a 6,000 acre block of public lands in Jefferson and Boulder counties which raised public awareness of the biological communities on the site.Colorado Native Plant SocietyKaren Hollweg, Mark Richert
Impacts of Habitat Fragmentation on the Breeding Ecology of the Flammulated OwlProvided a Cavity Peeper for observing development of young owls in nest cavities; part of a study of the impacts of major fires on owl demographics.Colorado College, Biology Dept.Brian Linkhart
2003Mountain Plover/Agricultural Lands in Eastern ColoradoTracking of nesting Mt. Plovers and monitoring survival of chicks on agricultural lands.Colorado Division of WildlifeVicky Dreitz
2002Mountain Plover/Agricultural Lands in Eastern ColoradoTracking of nesting Mt. Plovers and monitoring survival of chicks on agricultural lands.Colorado Division of WildlifeVicky Dreitz
1998Compilation of Breeding Data on Mountain Plover 1990-1997Tony Reynolds compiled data and published report Sept, 30, 1998NATony Reynolds