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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible CSU Environmental Learning Center - Larimer County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This Cache La Poudre River natural area is one of the biggest in Fort Collins and is administered by Colorado State University. In recent years, it has hosted Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's bird monitoring station. It features numerous ponds, wetlands, secondary growth forest, towering cottonwood trees, and shrub/grassland. Birdlife is similar to Riverbend Ponds Natural Area. Summer residents feature eastern birds such as Brown Thrasher, Blue Grosbeak and sometimes Orchard Oriole. Rare migrants have included Black-billed Cuckoo and Little Blue Heron.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh
Directions: Take Prospect Road exit (Exit 268) from I-25, go west 1 mile, parking area on the left (north entrance). Also accessed from south entrance at east of Drake Road. Also can be accessed by walking about 0.5 miles on a marked trail from the Colorado Welcome Center just off Exit 268 (west side of interstate).
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Costa's Hummingbird2003-648/4/2003
Common Gallinule2018-085 07/07/2018
Black Phoebe2020-072 20 Apr 2020
Blackburnian Warbler2000-1255/9/2000
Black-throated Blue Warbler1993-500 11/02/1993