Bank contribution aids in development of wildlife-ID app

A $10,000 contribution from Alpine Bank helped to meet a fund-raising goal for a wildlife-identification and outdoor recreation application under development by the Mesa County Public Library Foundation.

The Wild Colorado app will offer a searchable database of Colorado mammals, birds, fish and reptiles that helps users identify wildlife. Users can personalize their wildlife-viewing experience by adding notes, taking photos and sharing information on social media.

Mesa County Libraries and the Mesa County Public Library Foundation have joined with photographers, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and various Colorado companies and organizations to develop the app. As envisioned in project planning, there will be no charge for users to download Wild Colorado. It will be a virtual public resource available statewide. The app is expected to be available for download in spring or summer.

“We deeply appreciate the support of Alpine Bank and all of the donors who have generously contributed to the funding effort for Wild Colorado. Their confidence in this project inspires us as we move forward to develop a truly unique way of bringing information to wildlife watchers and outdoor enthusiasts statewide,” said Joseph Sanchez, director of Mesa County Libraries.

Trevor Johnson, a senior vice president with Alpine Bank, said he’s pleased the bank can help with the effort. “The app will be a unique resource providing an educational tool for students and teachers and enriching the wildlife-viewing experience for all Coloradans at no charge. We are excited about the vision, collaboration and partnerships this first-of-its-kind app has brought together right here in Mesa County.”