Birding and Conservation in Western Colorado

Nic Korte is a forty-year resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. He has been the Conservation Chairman for the Grand Valley Audubon Society for more than two decades. Simultaneously, he has led a Western Screech-Owl project that has engaged several hundred Grand Valley citizens and has resulted in record counts of this small native owl.

During his professional career as a geochemist, Nic published one technical book and more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. His interest in wildlife began as a young hunter, but soon after, wildlife observation and conservation became his twin obsessions.

Nic’s volunteer work in the conservation community culminated in his being the 2015 recipient of the Richard G. Levad Award, awarded by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies which recognizes individuals who “have provided distinguished service to the ornithological community, made scholarly contributions to the field of ornithology and/ or have enthused others about conserving birds and their habitats.” In July 2019, nominated by Audubon Rockies, Nic received the William Dutcher Award from the National Audubon Society for his “leadership in the birding community of Western Colorado for over four decades and his continual voice for the environment, birds, and the conservation challenges they face every day.”

“How often one person’s novelty is commonplace to another–which only shows how easily we forget that we are always in the presence of the wondrous.”


1946 Clover Court
Grand Junction, CO 81506