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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Bear Creek Greenbelt (Denver section) - Denver County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Along with Bluff Lake, this location makes up the best riparian habitat in Denver County. While this area is surely great during the summer for riparian breeders which can be hard to get elsewhere in the county, the true draw to this location is its migrant potential. The greenbelt is reminiscent of its northern relative, the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt. Be sure to look in the occasional small pond for ducks, the small cattail marshes for rails, and in the brushy field edges for sparrows. Eastern Screech-Owl is a good possibility in the areas with thicker trees. Also listen for species such as Bushtit and Lesser Goldfinch, both hard to get in Denver County, but both possible here. Given how long and linear this location is, and the presence of a great bike path, the best way to bird this place is on a bicycle.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Urban/Suburban
Directions: The eastern portions of the greenbelt in Denver County can be accessed from the south, by taking Hampden to Sheridan, and heading south on Sheridan. Take your first left after getting onto Sheridan onto Kenyon Ave. There are a couple of parking lots on the north side of Kenyon Ave that access some brushy fields and small marshes. The northern part of this area of the greenbelt can be accessed by taking Sheridan north from Hampden, and taking your first right onto Dartmouth. Follow Dartmouth east to your sixth right, and head south on Raleigh St. Take Raleigh St, under Hampden to a dead end near in a parking lot on the greenbelt. The western portion of the greenbelt in Denver County can be accessed by taking a left onto Dartmouth from Sheridan instead of a right. Dartmouth parallels the greenbelt for a long ways, and there are a number of parking lots on the south side of Dartmouth. Along this stretch, Denver County extends west to Wadsworth Boulevard.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2021-018 16 Apr 2021
American Dipper2012-22025 Apr 2012