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Fort Morgan in Morgan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Watching River Wildlife

 
 
Watching River Wildlife Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
1. Watching River Wildlife Marker
Inscription.  Take a few moments on this spot to explore the South Platte River and the riparian woodland that runs beside it. You'll discover that this ribbon of life is a great place for wildlife watching.

Where the South Platte flows through prairie, farm, and ranch, riparian areas provide habitat for a great diversity of wildlife. The river, sandbars and adjacent woodlands offer food, water, shelter, nesting and denning sites, and a migration pathway.

Half of Colorado's wildlife species use riparian habitat - even though it covers less than 2% of the state!

The nearby trail is a great place to view the river and observe wildlife. Morning and evening offer the best times to see animal activity. Follow these tips to enjoy viewing wildlife without disturbing them.
• Always watch from a distance
• Move slowly and quietly
• Watch and listen for "signs of life" such as animal tracks or bird songs
• Leave pets behind
Learn about the animals you want to see - then you'll know where and when to look for them

Watching Wildlife
What's a riparian area? It's the ecological community along a river or stream that is created by the

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water running through the surrounding environment. Here you can watch for wildlife such as (clockwise from top life) bald eagles, common flickers, bats, great horned owls, turkey, Woodhouse's toads, killdeer, raccoons, bullsnakes, butterflies, great blue heron, and white-tailed deer.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 40° 16.044′ N, 103° 48.076′ W. Marker is in Fort Morgan, Colorado, in Morgan County. Marker is on State Highway 52, 0.1 miles north of Interstate 76, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Morgan CO 80701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rainbow Arch Bridge (here, next to this marker); Sugar Beets (here, next to this marker); Fort Morgan (here, next to this marker); Old Fort Morgan (approx. half a mile away).
 
South Platte River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
2. South Platte River
South Platte River image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 13, 2011
3. South Platte River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 904 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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