The Big Year movie is in theaters now, so if it has inspired you to go birding, (or you just like seeing wildlife), check out these bird-rich places.
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society which means it provides crucial bird habitat. Two trails (about 1 mile each way) lead to bird blinds with signs to help you identify what you see.
Several natural areas are named for birds too, for an unusual tour, go to these sites and look for their avian namesakes! Magpie Meander is in northwest Fort Collins, Mallard's Nest is along the paved Spring Creek Trail, Redtail Grove connects the Mason Trail with the Fossil Creek Trail and Redwing Marsh is in northern Fort Collins. Bring along this bird list to record how many you see!
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area closes during December, January and February each year.
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program has received a grant for $20,000 from the David R. and Virginia D. Pulliam Charitable Trust in support of environmental and cultural education at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Thank you Pulliams!
In the summer, thousands of people throng to the natural areas and parks along the Cache La Poudre River to swim, tube, picnic, walk, bike, fish, bird watch, and have a good time. It's a special place for the community!
are also some less-than-ideal
conditions that include poor navigational signage; steep river banks
with no safe ingress/egress; poor quality parking; and, a lack of
sustainable, picnic, fishing, and swimming areas. The natural values are being degraded as well
as the visitor experience.
the goal of improving visitor amenities while at the same time
enhancing natural values, the City has submitted a concept paper to
Great Outdoors Colorado (the agency that awards lottery proceeds to
outdoor projects). If accepted, the concept paper could turn into a
grant application and a grant to fund enhancements. The idea is to
create an in-stream River Trail and a land-based River Park. The
in-stream trail might include a boating play feature, bank restoration,
take-outs and put-ins for safe boating and tubing and navigation signs.
The River Park might include picnic shelters, a nature play area,
restrooms and improved parking.
Through a combination of city funds and private fund-raising, our community can make the river even more special for today and future generations. Learn more from John Stokes, Director of the City of Fort Collins Natural Resources Department, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-221-6263.
Thanks for reading! Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional mid-month updates. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Whyman, Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or email@example.com