WILD Boulder

Building community support for the protection of wildlife & natural habitats through wildlife coexistence, citizen science, & collaborative outreach programs

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Our efforts will take place through three primary activities: 1) outreach and education campaigns that educate the public on about the necessity of wild nature and how to coexist with wildlife; 2) citizen science engagement through the iNaturalist platform and annual City Nature Challenge; and 3) collaborations with local organizations, stakeholders, community groups, businesses, schools, university clubs, and political leaders to build growing support for the protection of wildlife.

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Building community support for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats in Boulder County, Colorado through wildlife coexistence, citizen science, & collaborative outreach programs.

Be safe. Keep wildlife safe. 

Boulder County Wildlife Project-backThe Boulder County Wildlife Project on iNaturalist is not a site for reporting issues with wildlife. Please report sick or injured wildlife to Animal Control in the City of Boulder (303-441-3333) or Boulder County (303-441-4444).

When observing wildlife, always:

  • Follow all rules and regulations posted at each property.
  • Never harass or change the behavior of wildlife in any way. Watch from a distance and do not disturb their normal behavior.
  • Observe animals from a safe distance. If the animal appears nervous, points its ears towards you, or runs away, you are too close.
  • Do not disturb nesting birds, which may cause them to abandon their nest.
  • Do not feed or approach animals, or call animals to you. Try to avoid eye contact, especially if they get alarmed.
  • Respect all wildlife closures, posted on trailhead kiosks and in brochures.

Sensitive Species:

Some species may attract unwanted attention from the public. Large numbers of people may flock to see a particular animal once its location is known, creating safety concerns for both the public and the animal.

To protect wildlife, we ask that you voluntarily obscure* or delay for several weeks posting the exact locations of sensitive species. These include:

  • Black bears
  • Mountain Lions
  • Moose
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Please do not post locations of animals with young.
  • Please do not post sightings of sensitive wildlife within neighborhoods.

* To obscure your GPS data point, change the geoprivacy option in the drop down menu below the map when you post an observation. When coordinates are obscured it means that a random point within 0.2 degree of the true coordinates is shown publicly, while the true coordinates are only visible to you and project administrators.

Thank you for helping us keep our wildlife and critical habitats safe!

How to contribute observations 

*We encourage you to only upload wild and non-captive observations.  Please, no photos of people, pets, or potted-plants.*

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is an ongoing project to document urban biodiversity and engage city residents in the nature around them. It’s framed as a competition between cities to see which can make the most observations, identify the most species, or have the most participants. Last year Boulder County and the Denver Metro Area competed against 244 cities throughout the globe and came up with some impressive numbers: 

  • 5,847 total observations
  • 838 plant and wildlife species identified
  • 443 observers
  • 373 identifiers

Help us show the world how biodiverse our region is by making as many observations of as many species as possible from April 30 – May 3, 2021! Document nature in your backyard, by your school, in your favorite park or open space area, and upload your observations to iNaturalist, an online platform for citizen scientists. Any observations of plants, animals, and fungus found throughout our boundary will count. 

Help keep Boulder, Colorado WILD!