Public Engagement Update
Thank you to everyone who shared feedback about Kestrel Fields and Soapstone Prairie natural areas and the 21 natural areas along the Poudre River. Over 330 people participated in onsite drop-in events, online feedback opportunities, and presentations.
The feedback is being processed and will influence the trail alignment at Kestrel Fields, and how Soapstone Prairie and the Poudre River natural areas are managed.
Kestrel Fields Natural Area
- The feedback is informing exploration of an updated trail alignment. There will not be access from the Greyrock Commons private property.
- The entry sign will feature mountains in the background and a grasshopper in the kestrel's beak.
- Further updates will be available by the fall.
Soapstone Prairie/Mountains to Plains Zone Update
- Further engagement is underway (see feedback opportunity below) to respond to comments that its hard to tell when you have arrived at Soapstone Prairie and that the trail signage is confusing.
- Minor changes are being made to the Zone Update document and a final draft is expected in the fall.
Poudre River Natural Areas
- The feedback will inform the upcoming draft Zone Update.
This natural area is often enjoyed by employees of nearby businesses during the lunch hour. Its a great place to watch wildlife and enjoy a peaceful moment.
Cattail Chorus is teeming with nature: the habitat supports a high diversity of migrant and resident songbirds and waterfowl; the cottonwoods on the west side of the site are a winter roosting site for great blue herons; and yellow-headed blackbirds nest in the cattails. Butterflies, dragonflies, and other tiny creatures flit among the vegetation of the ponds. Watch for a variety of colorful caterpillars crawling on the trail in the spring. This site was acquired with the help of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.
Summer Bouquet, Riverbend Ponds by David Craig
Glycerrhiza lepidota wild licorice habitat RBP June 2004
Approximately 0.65 miles of the paved Poudre Trail from Timberline Rd. to the junction of the Spring Creek and Poudre Trails (wheelchair accessible). About 0.5 miles of the Spring Creek and Poudre Trail follow the edges of Cattail Chorus (wheelchair accessible). In addition, a short natural surface trail with fun, family-oriented signage leads to a bench where visitors can watch and listen to a variety of wildlife. Cattail Chorus is an on-trail only site.
Events and Activities#
- Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Natural Areas Explorer booklet.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up on this page.
- Check out the Natural Areas Learning Library for some great self-guided activities.
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Special people have volunteered to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. You can join the fun and adopt a natural area, too!
- Plant List for Cattail Chorus Natural Area. Volunteers were critical in making the list possible, thank you!
- Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan
- Bird Checklist- Courtesy of Fort Collins Audubon Society
- Cattail Chorus Natural Area is an Important Bird Area, learn more here.