The Lois Webster Fund
The Lois Webster Fund awards grants to scientists and educators studying Colorado non-game wildlife.
Lois Webster, cofounder of Denver Audubon, was emblematic of all three of our organization’s areas of focus: education, conservation, and research.
First and foremost, Lois was an educator, teaching science at public schools in Aurora for 25 years. By the time President Carter invited Lois to the White House in 1980 to celebrate the “Second Environmental Decade,” she was already well into her third decade of conservation work. Finally, Lois launched Denver Audubon’s research initiative by creating a fund for scientists to study birds and non-game wildlife in Colorado.
It was always Lois’s dream to create this endowment, and in 1995—on her 75th birthday—her friends and family generously donated, giving life to her dream. Today, Lois’s impact lives on through her fund, which thus far, has contributed over $100,000 to more than 50 projects.
LOIS WEBSTER FUND ANNUAL CYCLE
BLACK SWIFT MOVEMENT ECOLOGY
In this ongoing project, Rob Sparks, of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, will gather additional fine-scale GPS data to document Black Swift movement ecology. The data from this project will shed light on the conservation needs of this “species of concern,” a status designated by the US and Canada.
WILD BEE RECOVERY FOLLOWING A CATASTROPHIC FLOOD
In 2013, the St. Vrain Greenway in Longmont, CO experienced a 500-year flood that impacted many aspects of nature, including wild bee populations. Jessica Mullins, of University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, will study recovering bee populations with the goal of improving their resilience to future catastrophic events, which may become more frequent due to climate change.
BALD EAGLE NESTING STUDIES
Dana Bove, of Front Range Nesting Bald Eagle Studies, will lead two studies: one to identify habitat ranges for juvenile eagles and their parental providers, and another to characterize bald eagle nesting habitats in the Northern Front Range. Both studies aim to clarify the extent of Bald Eagle nesting habitats to ensure land managers, such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife, adequately protect nesting Bald Eagle populations in Colorado.