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DIA Burrowing Owl Colonies - Adams County
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Description: The oddly shaped area east of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, west of Denver International Airport, and south of Barr Lake has traditionally been very productive for Burrowing Owl. The owls are probably in most of the prairie-dog towns in this area from early April through October. Prairie dog colonies to check (some of them quite small) are along Buckley Road south of 88th (on the Arsenal, at the vehicle closure sign on Buckley); on the west side of 96th Street 3.4 miles east/north of Tower Road; along Picadilly half a mile north of 120th; on the north side of 120th just under a mile east of Picadilly; and on the northwest corner of 120th and Powhatan. Note that several of these sites appear to have degraded considerably in the past few years; it is not clear how productive they may be in the future.

While you're in the area, you might want to explore the seasonally wet pothole along Tower Road 0.4 miles north of 96th Street, which can attract shorebirds or other goodies.

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
Directions: To get to this area from Denver, head east on I-70 to Pena Boulevard north, following signs to Denver International Airport (DIA). Exit Pena at Tower Road (exit 5) and head north. From Tower Road you can head left onto 80th, then south at the Arsenal boundary to check site #1, or you can head right on 96th to check site #2, or you can head right on 112th to check the remaining sites.
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