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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Bear Creek Greenbelt (Jefferson portion) - Jefferson County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: As with the Denver County portion of this greenbelt, the part in Jefferson County contains some awesome and woefully underbirded riparian habitat. It certainly looks as good as the much more famous Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, and given the same amount of coverage should produce great birds. The greenbelt also contains some good-sized cattail marshes, large fields, and numerous small ponds, mostly towards the western end. Access is mainly from two roads that cross the greenbelt, where you can find good parking areas and access to the trail system. The most efficient way to bird this location is to use a bicycle. The main draw here is migrants in season, but look also for breeders such as Eastern Screech-Owl, and winter residents including sparrow flocks.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Grassland/Prairie, Urban/Suburban
Directions: The two best access points for the greenbelt in Jefferson County are from S. Estes Street, which can be reached from either Morrison Road or Hampden Ave, a little over a half mile west of Wadsworth. Take the street to where it crosses Bear Creek, and the parking lot is on the east side. The other access point is along Old Kipling Ave, which is reach by taking Kipling Pkwy to Dartmouth Ave, just north of Hampden Ave, and head east and following the road as it bends to the north and becomes Old Kipling Ave. The parking lot is on the east side of the road as it crosses Bear Creek.
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