CSUFort Collins, CO 80521United States
About Cooper Farr
Cooper is a Master’s student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. She is co-advised by Dr. Liba Pejchar, an Assistant Professor in the department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, and Dr. Sarah Reed, an Associate Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. For her fellowship project, Cooper will collaborate with the Nature in the City initiative to develop and implement a citizen science program for ecological monitoring of birds and butterflies in natural areas throughout the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. Cooper will work with Dr. Pejchar, Dr. Reed, and Lindsay Ex, a Senior Environmental Planner with the City of Fort Collins and Project Manager for Nature in the City. She will recruit a representative cross-section of citizen volunteers, conduct training sessions, lead participatory monitoring surveys, and develop training materials and monitoring protocols that will be expanded upon and used for future monitoring in the city. The goal of this project is to provide the opportunity for citizens to become involved in the City’s long-term conservation planning effort while generating valuable ecological data that can inform effective management and restoration of urban natural spaces in Fort Collins.