Barr Lake - Statement From Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

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Tyler Cash

Sep 22, 2023, 3:49:53 PM9/22/23
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Dear CO Birders,

As most of you know, recent changes in the management of water storage at Barr Lake has led Farmer’s Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO) to begin a project to remove vegetation from a portion of the shoreline. Barr Lake State Park is a wildlife viewing and recreation destination for the local and regional community and it is one of the top birding destinations in the state. The park is popular for horseback riding, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, biking, waterfowl hunting and more. We are committed to work with FRICO and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to mitigate as much habitat loss as possible, to avoid any negative economic impact on Brighton and surrounding communities. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies strives to provide authentic, place-based nature opportunities for all, regardless of ability, economic or ethnic background.

We are optimistic that we were heard and FRICO is committed to minimizing the damage and protecting as much habitat as possible while addressing potential safety issues.

We want to thank the bird and conservation community and our partners with Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO), Denver Field Ornithologists (DFO), Audubon, Wild Birds Unlimited-Fort Collins, Longmont and Denver area stores, individuals and other organizations who are raising their voices and providing awareness for this critical place for birds.

As a science-based organization, we want to stay grounded and take a level-headed approach, and use the data we have been collecting to help inform future management. Grassroots efforts and partnerships are our path forward so we are all contributing to solutions. We will continue to monitor the situation and stay engaged with CPW and FRICO to help ensure a sustainable place for wildlife and people for generations to come. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available. Please continue to visit and support Barr Lake State Park.


We appreciate you and your support of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.


Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Tammy VerCauteren, Executive Director
Amy Burnett, Communications Director
Sherry Nickolaus, Education Director
Tyler Cash, Digital Engagement Manager

Susan Rosine

Sep 22, 2023, 4:07:34 PM9/22/23
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Thank you for the update, Tyler.
I have found out that this year the bird banding will continue as usual. FRICO mitigation work  is not heading further towards our banding station this year.
Next year, before we start banding, FRICO will do required work near/around the banding station. Currently, they have said they will only remove trees that MUST be removed, in order to save the dam, and thus the lake. 
It is a big change, it is sad, but it could be way worse. Obviously the dam and the lake must be saved, and unfortunately that does mean loss of some habitat.
Please come visit us at the Banding Station! 
Susan Rosine
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies volunteer

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Amy Burnett

Sep 22, 2023, 4:58:23 PM9/22/23
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Thank you for your support (and all of your volunteering), Susan. We appreciate you!

Amy Burnett
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Communications Director

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