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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Dixon Reservoir/Pine Ridge Natural Area - Larimer County
Aliases: Pine Ridge Natural Area
Ownership: None Listed
Description: A variety of lower foothill habitats (ponderosa pine, mountain mahogany, prairie dog town, riparian woodland) associated with a lake attract many birds in migration. The riparian woodland at the north end of the lake is a favorite migrant trap of Fort Collins' birders. Rarities turning up here in spring migration include dozens of warbler species, White-eyed Vireo, Ash-throated, Great Crested and Gray Flycatchers, White-throated Sparrow, Broad-winged Hawk, Caspian Tern and many others.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Foothill Shrub, Lowland Riparian, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From Fort Collins, go south on US 287 (College Ave.) 1 mile and then turn right (west) on Prospect Road (CR 44) 3 miles then turn left (south) on Overland Trail about three quarters of a mile, then right (west) on CR 42G about 1 mile. Turn left into signed driveway for Pine Ridge N. A. for parking.
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CBRC Records from Dixon Reservoir/Pine Ridge Natural Area

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Great Crested Flycatcher2004-0989/14/2004
Great Crested Flycatcher2004-151 9/14/2004
Alder Flycatcher2005-062 6/4/2005 - 6/5/2005
Wood Thrush2008-088 6/11/2008
Prothonotary Warbler2011-163 11/17/2011 - 11/18/2011
Connecticut Warbler2004-1055/28/2004