El Paso County Bird List

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What rarities have been spotted lately? Colorado Field Ornithologists maintains an online rare bird alert known as COBirds. You must be subscribed to post a message to COBirds, but anyone may view the archive. There is also a similar list entitled COBirders, which may be found on Yahoo groups.

Bear Creek Park and Nature Center

245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone 520-6387

From I-25 Exit 141, go west on US Hwy 24 to 26th Street. Turn left (south) on 26th and proceed about 2 miles to Bear Creek Road.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm. Closed on major holidays. Please note—if a holiday falls on a Monday, the nature center is closed on the following Tuesday.

Hike the foothills, search for mule deer, and discover Bear Creek! Scrub oak thicket, ponderosa pine forests, meadows, a mountain creek, and abundant foothills wildlife attract children and adults to Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center. Interpretive programs, special events, guided and self-guided tours, and media presentations are offered all year.

Outside, two miles of self-guiding nature trails wind through the short grass prairie, scrub oak woodlands and cottonwood riparian communities. The nature trails are for “foot traffic only” and pets are prohibited.

The nature center offers nature-related programs for all ages. Register online. Call 719-520-6387 for more information and to register by phone.

Fountain Creek Park and Nature Center

320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
Phone 520-6745

Pond @FCNC 2006aug24 LAH 2-001From I-25 Exit 132A, go east on CO 16 to US Hwy 85, then south one-half mile. Turn west on Cattail Marsh Rd to parking area.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 4pm. The nature center is closed on major holidays. Please note—If a holiday falls on a Monday, the center is closed on the following Tuesday.

Several man-made ponds along Fountain Creek attract a variety of wildlife, including deer, weasels, rodents, and of course, birds. The center also has an extensive series of classes for toddlers through adults. While the Center is closed on Mondays, the trails are open and available every day.

The nature center offers nature-related programs for all ages. Register online. Call 719-520-6745 for more information and to register by phone.

Big Johnson Reservoir

Big Johnson is currently dry as construction work continues. Here’s what we know…

Chico Basin Ranch

Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre family-run, working cattle ranch that operates on the high prairie 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Learn more…

Venetucci Farm Birding

The self-guided birding trail at Venetucci is currently closed. However, David Rudin occasionally leads bird hikes on the property. Visit the website for more information.

Pinello Ranch

Pinello Ranch is closed. We will keep you posted should the situation change.

Colorado Birding Trails

Colorado Birding Trail signJoin us on the Colorado Birding Trail and experience a wildlife adventure of your own! Explore Colorado’s incredible diversity of wildlife and the habitats they depend on in an unbelievably spectacular setting. From the dry grasslands of the short-grass prairie to the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado has more than 400 species of birds for you to seek, find and observe in a seemingly endless variety of fantastic habitats. See you on the trail!

You can pick up hard copies of the Colorado Birding Trail booklets at the Dept. of Wildlife office at 4255 Sinton Rd. They’re free! The information is also available online.

Colorado Birding Society’s List of Destinations

While somewhat out of date, this site is still very useful. It has a map of Colorado, divided into counties. Click on the county and you get a list of birding sites. There is also an alphabetical list, if you know the name of your destination.

If using this map, it would be worthwhile to check current conditions before setting out on a major birding trip. For example, the Colorado State Wildlife Area (SWA) is no longer a SWA. It is currently called Clear Spring Ranch. While the eastern part is still accessible, the area west of I-25 is closed to the public. Colorado Map and County Listings.

NAS Raptor MapFind and Share Raptor Hot Spots

Looking for a great local viewing spot for Bald Eagles or have a hawk migration location to share with fellow bird lovers? Check out Audubon’s raptor map—which includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Post a raptor hot spot or find one near you.

(Note that the map is merely illustrated at right, and is not interactive on this website. Click on the links to get the “real” one.)