Saving space for a threatened species in Boulder, CO

Saving space for a threatened species in Boulder, CO

This is the 2nd out of 5 proposed case studies on Boulder, Colorado produced by multimedia journalist Morgan Heim. Boulder is a leading example of the Nature Needs Half vision with 68% of the county’s land protected. The northern leopard frog is a rare find any more in the American West, but in Boulder, a conservation ethic, on par with the concept of Nature Needs Half, has protected crucial habitat that allows these frogs to still survive. Join Morgan as she ventures out with biologist and frog wrangler Christine Prah in search of these elusive and threatened little frogs. > Read the Boulder case study & watch the Conservation Legacy video Saving Space for the Little Things | Nature Needs Half from The WILD Foundation on...
Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Nature Needs Half™ in Boulder. With 68 percent of its land protected, Boulder County is the epitome of a Nature Needs Half™ town. But what does that mean for the people and wildlife that live there? It means coexisting with 500 species of animals and a cornucopia of environments. Picture open prairies, deep forests, snow-capped mountains and roughly 230 miles of trails. It means being able to walk out your door and up to a stand of trees that has survived since the last ice age, or catching a glimpse of a rare butterfly whose life depends on a single type of flower. More than that, Nature Needs Half™ is in the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It’s what makes Boulder the kind of place where you want to live, whether you’re a marathoner, a mother of four, or a burrowing owl nesting down in that perfect prairie dog hole. After you watch Boulder’s story, think about what Nature Needs Half™ could mean for your town. A Conservation Legacy With more protected open space than developed land, Boulder boasts more than 230 miles of recreational trails, challenging climbs to 14,000-foot summits, and the opportunity to witness rare orchids and other charismatic wildlife. But when you hike to your favorite lookout and soak in that stunning view, do you ever stop to wonder how we came to have so much? Ruth Wright, a pioneer and lifelong advocate for Boulder nature, shares her story of the progressive thinking and innovations that led to a county that’s 68 percent wild, and discusses what’s still at stake....