Lake Watch is a citizen science effort being initiated in metro-Denver to help improve the scientific understanding of urban lakes and ponds as wildlife habitats. Members of the public are encouraged to join the effort to observe, evaluate, and understand lake-related wildlife. The intention is: (1) to identify compassionate and mutually acceptable resolutions to metro-area residents, and (2) to quantify how each variable impacts geese and other species at a granular level. The goal is not to ‘wild’ the parks, but to shift the emphasis from parks as strictly human playgrounds to understanding urban lakes as a human-centered ecosystem which, nonetheless, also supports a variety of wild plants and wildlife.
‘Lake Watch’ seeks to understand urban lakes as ecosystems with a variety of wildlife that humans can appreciate and grow to understand, such as Canada Geese, Cormorants, Egrets, Mallards, Muskrat, Beavers, plants, insects, aquatic creatures, and other lake-centric species. Initially, Lake Watch groups will focus on locations where the U.S. Department of Agriculture rounded-up and killed Canada Geese in Denver in 2019 and 2020. Lake Watch intends to expand beyond the metro-area to include other Front Range lakes and ponds.