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Birding

Longmont, CO offers a wealth of places to view birds and other wildlife.

Most parks and trails offer great bird viewing opportunities, but here are some of our favorites:

​​Golden Ponds Nature Area

McIntosh Lake Nature Area

Sandstone Ranch-Sandstone Ranch Visitors & Learning Center Bird Checklist here

Union Reservoir Nature Area

St Vrain State Park-Birds at St Vrain State Park BIrds Species Checklist here

Jim Hamm Nature Area-The pond water is supplied by Ute Creek and Spring Gulch. The water level fluctuates by season and year, influencing the kind and number of birds that use the pond. The foothills Audubon Society has conducted several bird counts there spotting as many as 80 different bird species.

St Vrain Greenway

Pella Crossing-Wetland habitats, nestled within the surrounding Great Plains, support aquatic plant and animal life and serve to lure in large numbers of migrating bird species. With grasses, wildflowers and trees surrounding the wetlands, these areas are biologically diverse both in and out of the water.

Lagerman Reservoir-From April 1 – Aug. 31, the western end of the reservoir is closed for nesting birds.  Wetland habitats, nestled within the surrounding Great Plains, support aquatic plant and animal life and serve to lure in large numbers of migrating bird species. With grasses, wildflowers and trees surrounding the wetlands, these areas are biologically diverse both in and out of the water.

Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain-Along Colorado’s Front Range, the sweeping grasslands of the Great Plains rise to meet the rugged peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Where they meet we find the Foothills – a zone of geological and biological transition. In the 2,871 acres that make up Rabbit Mountain, plant communities ranging from grasslands to shrublands to forests provide a variety of habitats for a rich diversity of wildlife.

For a map of the parks and trails within Longmont click here or stop by the Visitor Center at 320 Main Street for a hard copy.