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Accessible Bluff Lake Nature Center - Denver County
Aliases: Bluff Lake
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This wildlife refuge along Sand Creek is one of the best birding areas in Denver -- especially for migrants. The small, eponymous lake is a wild card, as its level fluctuates. Wood duck and cinnamon teal can be seen with more common waterfowl, and if conditions are just right, it can be good for shorebirds. Surrounding the lake are the best cattail marsh and riparian grove in the county. Look in the reeds for rails and yellow-headed blackbirds. Look in cottonwoods and willows for flycatchers, kingbirds, vagrant warblers and vireos. The bluff tops boast native shortgrass prairie, good for a number of sparrow species. Great horned owl breeds here. Bluff Lake connects with the Sand Creek Greenway on both sides, though the habitat becomes more mediocre.

Habitat: Pond, Marsh, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Shortgrass Prairie
Directions: From I-70 east of I-25 in northeast Denver, take the Havana exit (#280). Follow Havana south about a half mile until it crosses the river and bends left (east). The Bluff Lake parking lot is on the left just after the bend.
Restrictions/Hazards: No bikes, no dogs.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Brewster's Warbler1997-0815/11/1997