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.
Over the past 26 years, the Lois Webster Fund (LWF) has awarded 57 grants totaling over $120,071 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. Because grantees are required to partner with like organizations, the LWF grants have impacts far beyond their face value. Apply for a grant or learn more about current and past projects.
Colorado native plains topminnow and non-native mosquitofish competition
Investigating whether and how the CO native plains topminnow may co-exist with the invasive mosquitofish by experimentally testing inter-specific competition under different flow and temperature conditions in a laboratory setting.
Yoichiro Kanno, Colorado State University
Photo Credit: Konrad P Schmidt
Trophic interactions on Mountain Plover broods
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
Documenting avian community response to wildfire
Investigation of this issue by comparing pre- and post-fire audio recordings (bioacoustics) of areas of Rocky Mountain National Park impacted by the 2020 East Troublesome Fire.
Dr. Jacob Job, Colorado State University.
Photo Credit: David O’Connor
Response of bats and associated nocturnal food webs to bark beetle kill
A bottom-up approach to quantify the effects of changes in vegetative structure on bat diversity and a top-down approach to quantify the effects of bat predation on insect populations.
Amanda Bevan, University of Northern Colorado.
Photo Credit: Allyson L. Webb