The Bob Taylor Ecological Area Enhancement Project
The Bob Taylor Ecological Area (BTEA) is located south of Chatfield State Park in southwest Denver. The property is owned by Denver Water and managed by the Denver Water Recreation Department. The site is host to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s (CDOW) Angler Education clinics. Denver Water also invites Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) and the Thorne Ecological Institute , two local non-profit environmental education organizations, to use the property for training and educational activities. The Audubon Society of Greater Denver and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory also utilize the property once a year for bird-banding during spring migration.
Intermountain West Regional Office staff and Denver Water staff identified several potential projects which will enhance the BTEA for the stakeholders that currently use the property. The Wildlife Habitat Council signed an MOU with Denver Water in Fall 2010, which allows staff at the Intermountain West Regional Office to coordinate projects that can be implemented and supported by companies with office space in the Denver Metro Area. Support is requested in the form of both financial contributions to purchase materials and in providing employee volunteers to implement projects. These projects will lead to mutually beneficial relationships between all organizations involved.
Bat Habitat Project:
The Intermountain West Regional Office and the Western Energy Alliance pursued a joint venture to finance, build, and install 20 bat boxes at the BTEA. Bat boxes are commonly used in wildlife conservation projects to provide roosting structures and protection from threats such as pesticide use and habitat disturbance. This project will provide permanent day roosts for approximately 10,000 bats and will also provide learning opportunities for Denver children participating in environmental education programs led by the Thorne Ecological Institute and Environmental Learning for Kids.
The project was led by volunteers at Ensign US Drilling, and contributing companies include a mixture of both Western Energy Alliance and Wildlife Habitat Council members. Nine companies in the oil and natural gas sector contributed over $4,000 and fifty local employee volunteers. Volunteers constructed the bat boxes on March 25-26, 2011.
Companies that contribute to the Bat Habitat Project include:
- J-W Energy Company
- R 3 Steel
- Newfield Exploration Company
- Bill Barrett Corporation
- Kinder Morgan
- QEP Resources
- Kleinfelder/Buys & Associates
- Noble Energy