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Two Ponds
National Wildlife Refuge


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9210 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO   80003
E-mail: Seth_Beres@fws.gov
Phone Number: 303-289-0867
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http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Two_Ponds/
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  Overview
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The Refuge consists of approximately 72 acres, with 63 acres of upland habitat and 9 acres of wetlands. Refuge habitat supports over 120 different species of birds.

Due to its proximity to Denver, one of the Refuge's primary goals is to provide environmental education programs for urban school children. Each year, hundreds of school children learn about wildlife and wetlands. In addition, Two Ponds staff manages the Junior Duck Stamp program for the state of Colorado.


Getting There . . .
Two Ponds NWR is located on West 80th Avenue in Arvada between Wadsworth Avenue and Kipling Avenue. To get to Two Ponds NWR from downtown Denver, take I-25 north to Highway 36 west. Exit at Federal Boulevard and head north to West 80th Avenue. Refuge parking is located on 80th Avenue between Wadsworth Avenue and Kipling Avenue.


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Wildlife and Habitat

Two basic types of wetlands occur on the Refuge -- open ponds with emergent vegetation around the fringes and moist soils with stands of cattails. Cattail stands are bordered by sandbar willow and plains cottonwood.

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History
In 1990, the Two Ponds Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit citizen's group, solicited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's involvement in acquiring a small area of land in Arvada, Colorado. The citizen's group was concerned about a proposed residential development on 13 acres of open space.

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Environmental Education
Fishing
Hunting
Interpretation
Photography
Wildlife Observation
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Management Activities
Two Ponds NWR is managed for the benefit native wildlife species. Land management tools include water level manipulation, removal of non-native invasive plant species, reseeding of native prairie habitat, mowing, and noxious weed control.