Watching River Wildlife
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
What's a riparian area? It's the ecological community along a river or stream that is created by the 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,
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Morgan (here, next to this marker); Sugar Beets (here, next to this marker); Rainbow Arch Bridge (here, next to this marker); Old Fort Morgan (approx. half a mile away).
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 18, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.