“Without the soaring birds, without the great forests, the free-flowing streams, the sight of the clouds by day, and the stars by night, we become impoverished in all that makes us human.” – Thomas Berry, The Great Work
Northern River Otter
Preble's Jumping Mouse
State critically imperiled and listed threatened under federal Endangered Species Act US F&W photo
White-tailed Jackrabbits are imperiled in Boulder County.
Pronghorn Antelope extirpated from Boulder County
Once distributed statewide, the Gray Wolf is now gone from Colorado. The last ones were all killed by about 1940. Colorado Parks & Wildlife photo.
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
A prairie dog peers out from a burrow in a field near Weld County Road 3 July 2017. Candidate for listing under ESA
State critically imperiled, extirpated and listed endangered under ESA. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is breeding the Black-footed Ferret in captivity in northern Colorado.
Gunnison Sage Grouse
Gunnison CO Only about 4,000 breeding individuals remain. The species now occurs only in 8 small populations in SW Colorado & SW Utah, representing 7% of its historic distribution.
Extirpated from Boulder County. Current parks and open space management plans do not provide direction for recovering locally or anywhere in southeast Colorado.
Wintering ferruginous hawk numbers have declined 95% in eastern Boulder County since 1990, and there are no plans in place to protect their foraging habitat.
While Boulder County and the City of Boulder have initiated major efforts to restore sections of the creek, there are no comprehensive plans to restore all of the Creek channel and the adjacent riparian area or to protect these areas and their native species populations.
Critically imperiled in Boulder County. Current parks and open space management plans do not provide sufficient breeding habitat to sustain nesting populations.
About Rights of Nature
The rights of nature movement has taken off around the world since Ecuador recognized nature’s rights in its constitution in 2008. Yet in most places in the United States nature is still treated as property. Legally it is a commodity. Our current environmental regulatory laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, simply regulate how much can be exploited by whom.
In the United States and here in Colorado, the result has been that after nearly four decades since these major environmental laws were enacted, the natural world is much worse off than before.
Boulder Rights of Nature is working to get rights of nature established as law in one or more jurisdictions in Boulder County and elsewhere. (For details of our draft ordinance, click here.) In this work we are aligned with hundreds of community organizations across the country. We believe that living in balance and harmony with nature is essential for life and well-being for all species, and for the integral functioning of the ecological systems that give life to all species. We want a positive future, not an impoverished one.