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Carpenter Ranch - Routt County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This is a working cattle ranch owned by the Nature Conservancy, but drop-in visitors are welcome between 9 AM and noon Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from May 15-September 1. The property has the highest nesting population of Bobolink west of the Mississippi River; look for the birds in hayfields. Sandhill Crane can also be seen. There is a trail system in riparian habitat along the Yampa River, where you might see American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, and American Goldfinch. Occasional birdwalks and workshops are scheduled. Mosquitos can be bad in summer.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Stream, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: Approximately 20 miles west of Steamboat Springs or 5 miles east of Hayden on US 40. Look for the white "Carpenter Ranch" sign on the highway.
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