The Lois Webster Fund
Supporting Colorado non-game wildlife research, education, and conservation
It was always Lois’ dream to create this fund and, when in 1995—on her 75th birthday—her friends and family generously donated, the Lois Webster Fund (LWF) was started, giving life to her dream.
To further its impact, each year the LWF relies on the contributions from generous donors to enable researchers to find answers to questions important for conservation; to engage learners of all ages in research; and to educate about Colorado non-game wildlife and helping provide information about techniques for restoring habitats and populations of our beloved Colorado non-game wildlife.
Since its founding in 1995, the Lois Webster Fund (LWF) has awarded 60 grants totaling over $131,896 to non-profits, students, and teachers associated with higher education and schools, as well as local, state, and federal public land and natural resource agencies. Grantees are required to partner with like organizations, thus ensuring the LWF grants have impacts far beyond their face value.
The 2023 Lois Webster Fund Grant Recipient Presentations will be held April 24, 2024 at Table Public House in Denver. The presentation will also be available via ZOOM. Please check back closer to the event for registration.
Trophic interactions on Mountain Plover broods
2nd year: Understanding the effects of trophic interactions on Mountain Plover brood habitat selection and survival in Pueblo and El Paso counties.
Casey Weissburg, Colorado State University.
Photo Credit: Bill Bouton
Making Denver a Bird-Friendly City
Supporting the Lights Out Denver program intern in recruiting volunteers and coordinating surveys of downtown Denver sidewalks to collect data on bird injuries and fatalities during the spring and fall migration season.
Vicki Vargas Madrid, City and County of Denver Department of Parks and Recreation.
Northern Redbelly Dace Recovery and Restoration Project
Aiming to rear fish in a classroom setting, release them into the habitat, monitor and enhance their surroundings, test the application of eDNA, and tag and track fish located in St. Vrain Creek to evaluate the efficacy of recent fish passage installations.
Micki-Macomb Kobza, Ocean First Institute.
Photo Credit: Ocean First Institute