Rocky Mountain Arsenal is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the US and it's just northeast of downtown Denver. in 1986, a winter communal roost for bald eagles, then an endangered species, was discovered on the Arsenal. The Fish and Wildlife Service soon realized the Arsenal provided habitat for more than 330 species of wildlife. In 1992, the area was designated as a wildlife refuge.
The Arsenal has a 9-mile wildlife auto tour and a new Visitor Center. The refuge provides great winter habitat for a variety of raptors including bald eagle, ferruginous hawk, rough-legged hawk, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, and great horned owl. In addition, it's a great place in winter to hone your waterfowl ID skills! We'll make several stops along
the drive for birding. We'll also keep an eye out for mule deer, coyote, prairie dogs and bison.
Meeting time: 11:00 am
Meeting location: At the RMA Visitor Center.
For those planning to go to Falling Rock, we'll head over there from the Arsenal. There's a cold outlook for Sunday so dress warm. We'll be birding from vehicles and then we'll walk around the lakes in search of waterfowl.