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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Bobcat Ridge Natural Area - Larimer County
Ownership: City
Description: This large tract of Lower Foothills features meadows, arid hillsides, ponderosa pine and riparian canyons is managed by the City of Fort Collins. Birdlife is similar to Rist Canyon; trail-hiking only. Lewis's Woodpecker frequents residences near parking area some years. Meadows host Grasshopper Sparrow some summers, Vesper Sparrow most summers. Watch cliffs for Cliff and Violet-green Swallows, White-throated Swift, Turkey Vulture. Along streams, willow and cottonwood trees host Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Western Wood-Pewee and Lazuli Bunting. Numerous hummingbirds visit gardens near parking area, including Broad-tailed, Black-chinned, and during mid-summer, southbound migrants Rufous and Calliope. In the foothills shrub habitat, find Western Scrub-Jay, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Bunting, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow. Pinyon Jays wander through on occasion.

Habitat: Mountain Meadow, Foothill Shrub, Ponderosa Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Cliff face
Elevation: 5100 - 5800 feet ASL
Directions: From Loveland, go west on US 34 about 6 miles. Then turn right on CR 27 (at Thompson Valley School). Proceed north towards Masonville about 5 miles and turn left (west) on entrance road (just past quarry, before entering Masonville).
Restrictions/Hazards: Rattlesnakes
Other Wildlife:
Other Attractions: Trail riding permitted.

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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
American Woodcock2015-139 01/25/2015
American Woodcock2016-001 01/03/2016