If you follow @FCNaturalAreas on facebook
, 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.