Kim Potter, a ranger with the White River National Forest, was honored recently for her work in the field of bird conservation at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
Potter is a member of the Black Swift Migration and Wintering Grounds Investigation, a group from Colorado recognized with the Research and Partnership Award at the conference in Washington D.C. for its study of the rare bird.
The group recently used a "bird-backpack" - a lace fitting around the swift's wings and body - to track its wintering habits. They discovered the species travels more than 4,000 miles from Colorado in the winter to a remote rainforest location in western Brazil.
Potter, of the Rifle Ranger District, and Jason Beason, of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, accepted the award on behalf of their group.