Natural Areas Enews

Skygazing (and Eagle Watches Coming Next Month)

Skygazing, Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website .

Eagle Watches start December 14!

Calendar of free activities

Pineridge CLOSED for Trail Work

Pineridge Natural Area will be closed Mon. Nov. 12- Thurs. Nov. 15 for trail work. The incised two track on the south and east portions of Pineridge will be graded and amended to improve visitor safety and experience, repair eroded trail, and reduce or eliminate site closures due to wet and muddy trail conditions.

Trail conditions website

Reservoir Ridge CLOSED for Prescribed Fire
A prescribed burn at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area will be conducted the week of November 12th, pending favorable weather. In the event weather conditions are prohibitive that week, officials will look at the remainder of the month to conduct the burn. Reservoir Ridge Natural Area will be CLOSED the day of the fire. Residents may see smoke but should not call emergency services.
Trail conditions website

Natural Area of the Week
If you follow @FCNaturalAreas on facebook and twitter, you know about the "Natural Area of the Week" series. If you missed it, here are a few highlights:

Visit your natural area of the week, Butterfly Woods via the paved Poudre River Trail. Visitors may see squirrels, foxes, raccoons, mule deer, mourning doves and woodpeckers. Both the two-spotted skipper and the smokey-eyed brown butterfly are rare species whose habitat is protected by the on-trail only policy.

Your natural area of the week is Cathy Fromme Prairie, a rare example of Fort Collins' pre-settlement shortgrass prairie landscape. Drylands and wetlands here provide habitat to horned lizards, ground-nesting songbirds, butterflies, rabbits, coyotes, rattlesnakes and more.

Your natural area of the week, Cattail Chorus can be accessed via the paved Spring Creek & Poudre trails (its at the junction of the two). A short natural surface trail with fun, family-oriented signage leads to a bench where you can watch a variety of wildlife.

Caution: Trailhead Break-Ins

It is never a good idea to leave valuables in your vehicle at a trailhead. It is a good reminder as there has been an unfortunate increase in vehicles break-ins, especially at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area (but break-ins can occur anywhere). If you see a break-in in progress, call 911. If you see suspicious activity, please note the vehicle description and licence plate information and report to non-emergency police, 970.419.FCPD (3273)

We Need Your Opinion!
The City's community-wide survey is open now through Sunday, November 11. Your opinion will be used to:
  • Help prioritize programs and projects.
  • Update the City's Strategic Plan.
  • Help departments create communication plans and outreach.
  • Improve existing services.
  • Report to leadership on community perceptions. 

Tell us your opinion today!

Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or 

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City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
PO Box 580, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80522