The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies lists its mission as “…the conservation of birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and land stewardship. ”

As a Colorado-based nonprofit that has had a critical impact they always have a need for good and willing volunteers.

Leah Dempsey, a local church member was looking for something to fill her time while her children were in school. After seeing an ad in a local newspaper she sought out The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Sister Dempsey – Photo Credit: Kelsey Mazur, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

“The Bird Conservancy asked me to come in to interview with them,” says Sister Dempsey. “During the interview, I was asked why I would be interested in volunteering with their organization. I remember telling them that I felt that people have stewardship (from Heavenly Father) over the Earth and God’s creatures. Although I did not know much about birds when I first started volunteering, I have learned a lot and I know I have more to learn. Birds are an indicator species and studying them can give scientists information about the conditions of their habitats. I love learning through questions and the Bird Conservancy uses the inquiry model to help people become curious about the world around them.”

In the last year or so, as COVID-19 changed the way local missionaries were able to spend their time, Sister Dempsey suggested the missionaries look for service opportunities at The Bird Conservancy.

This has led to great experiences both for those missionaries and for The Bird Conservancy.

“Thank you to the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who volunteered with us over the past year,” said Kelsey Mazur the Volunteer Coordinator. “They helped us maintain trails and habitat, fertilize our gardens, paint our main building (the Old Stone House) at our Barr Lake headquarters, and feed the birds. We really appreciate them spending some of their mission to help us out!”

To learn more about how you can support the important mission of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies click here.

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