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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Kodak Watchable State Wildlife Area and Poudre River Trail (western section) - Weld County
Aliases: Poudre River Trail (western section)
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This is a nice spot with many mature cottonwood stands and a few Russian-olives and willows. The Cache la Poudre River flows through the property. There is not a whole lot of underbrush since the Russian-olives have been hacked away. Despite these failings, and relatively little coverage, over the last few years (2008-2013) rarities such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Hooded Warbler, and Purple Martin have made appearances here, and Harris's and White-throated Sparrows are regular during October/November. 

On the opposite (north) side of the river is a parking lot and access point for this section of the Cache la Poudre River Trail. Wild Turkeys can occasionally be seen along the Poudre to the east of here. By following the trail north across the road from the parking lot, you can scan a pond just to the east, on the Eastman Kodak property. The trail is public but all off-trail travel is prohibited--this should not be a problem as the pond can be adequately scanned from the trail. In the winter it can be covered shore-to-shore with geese.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Stream, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From US 34 east of I-25 exit 257, head north on CO 257. The entrance to the SWA is on the right (east) just before the Cache La Poudre River. Access to the Poudre River trail and the Kodak Pond are on the right just past the river.
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CBRC Records from Kodak Watchable State Wildlife Area and Poudre River Trail (western section)

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Red-shouldered Hawk2010-71/11/2010 - 1/20/2010
Purple Martin2011-63 5/26/2011