Northern Redbelly Dace Recovery Project
We are restoring native fish species and habitat in Boulder County, providing experiential learning opportunities for students and increasing awareness of locally threatened and endangered species on county open space. We are targeting the Tier 1 state endangered northern redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos), which is also a county Species of Special Concern. The Redbelly Dace Recovery Project continues to expand its impact upon threatened species conservation on open space by using community partnerships and developing stewardship and volunteerism among local students and their families. Students have bred adult fish, raised the offspring and released them back into the wild. This project was honored to receive a 2021 National Association of Counties Achievement Award (NACO) in Parks & Recreation, a 2021 COSA Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement in Ecological Restoration and a 2021 Superintendents Achievement Award from the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Video of our 2021 release into Webster Pond on Boulder County Parks and Open Space Property.