National Wildlife Refuge
|9210 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003
Phone Number: 303-289-0867
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Continued . . . The wetland and upland habitats support a variety of wildlife. Over 120 species of birds have been observed on the Refuge, mostly during the spring, summer, and fall. Ten of these species, including Swainson's hawks and western meadowlarks, nest on the Refuge. Other migrants, such as geese and mallards, forage and rest on the Refuge. Muskrat, beaver, and raccoon use the irrigation canals and ponds. Great blue herons and black-crowned night herons are frequent visitors as well.
Mule deer are often seen along the ponds and canals. Coyotes are frequently observed at the Refuge; there are several fox dens located on the site. Look for leopard frogs, bullfrogs, and painted and snapping turtles sunning themselves on logs in one of the ponds during the warmer months of the year.
The upland areas are dominated by brome grass. Alfalfa is common within the brome and needle-and-thread grass community; other native grass species are in greater abundance on hilltops and knolls. Yucca and rabbittbrush are found in drier areas.
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