Documents & Articles about Two Ponds, Founders & Friends, or other Natonal Wildlife Refuges
Resources & Links
USFWS Refuge Article on Two Ponds NWR
The Mystery of Two Ponds Poem
Links to other Refuges, State Wildlife Areas, or other Wildlife Related Sites
Colorado National Wildlife Refuges
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge serves as an oasis for wildlife and people in the Denver Metro area. It consists of over 72 acres, with 63 acres of uplands, 9 acres of wetlands, and 3 small ponds - which contain various species of native flora and fauna.
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR is located just 10 miles from downtown Denver and home to more than 300 species of wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and wintering bald eagles.
Alamosa and Monte Vista NWR’s provide migratory habitat for waterfowl, greater sandhill cranes, and whooping cranes in the San Luis Valley. The Refuges are recognized for providing some of the most productive nesting habitat for ducks on the North American Continent.
Arapaho NWR manages a diverse wildlife population ranging from moose to an abundance of migratory birds. Birders come from all over to add sage grouse and rosy finches to their bird lists.
Brown Park NWR. located on both sides of the Green River, provides excellent habitat for migratory waterfowl. The Refuge also provides protection and restoration of riparian habitat for songbirds.
The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2007 and is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It has striking vistas of the Front Range and prairie grasslands, woodlands and wetlands. It is home to 239 migratory and resident wildlife species, including the prairie falcons, deer, elk, coyotes, songbirds, and the federally threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.
Colorado State Wildlife Areas
State Wildlife Areas (SWAs) are Colorado-owned lands that offer wildlife-related recreation to the public. Although most activities focus on hunting and fishing, each SWA has different activities, based on location and available resources.
Other Wildlife-Related Sites
Inaturalist.org is an application made available by the California Academy of Sciences for both Android and iPhone devices. This app allows you to record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. Check out what others have seen at Two Ponds and add your own observations.
The Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 5,000 animals, including 1,600 butterflies. In addition to educational activities for both children and adults, you can become a butterfly monitor and be a part of the Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network. Training is provided by the Butterfly Pavilion at no cost.
The Colorado Wildlife Federation focuses on ensuring that Colorado’s natural bounty be sustained. Their mission is “to serve as determined stewards of our state’s wildlife and the winter range, migration corridors, reproduction areas and waterways they depend on to survive.”
Majestic View Nature Center, operated by the City of Arvada, offers a comprehensive environmental education program for children and adults. The Nature Center is over 80 acres and includes lake and wetland areas, a demonstration garden, a butterfly garden, interpretive trails, prairie grasses, majestic views of the mountains, and many wildlife species.
Denver Field Ornithologists promote interest in the study and preservation of birds and their habitats. Members are encouraged to learn about birds in the field, noting species and numbers, while familiarizing themselves with their songs and calls, as well as habits and habitats.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. It was founded in 1915 and is a nonprofit environmental organization. Their website offers a variety of information about birds, including bird calls.
The mission of the National Audubon Society, founded over 100 years ago, is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.” Audubon Rockies is a regional office serving the states of Colorado and Wyoming.
Wild Birds Unlimited offers quality bird supplies, including seed, feeders, houses, baths, and various accessories. Their website also includes educational information about birds, a bird feeder cam, and online videos.
This year, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s ace birding team, the Sapsuckers, will be heading to Colorado in an all-out effort to see at least 205 bird species in 24 hours. Because Colorado is a birding “crossroads,” our team expects to see an incredible variety of species, ranging from birds common in places as far north as Canada’s boreal forests to those typically found in the deserts and mountain canyons of Arizona.
This download package includes just a sampling of the species the Sapsuckers may encounter on their 24-hour extreme birding adventure for conservation. Download includes: Western Screech-Owl, Greater Roadrunner, Western Tanager, Hermit Thrush, Piping Plover, and Lesser Prairie-Chicken display calls. Join us on an audio tour of Team Sapsuckers’ upcoming Global Big Day birding route. Sounds from the Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library will bring the melodies of Colorado's birds to you. Happy birding! Download Global Big Day 2016 Bird Songs and Calls
Here is a free app for identifying birds from The Cornell Lab. It is for use on both Android and Apple phones. Just answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for beginning and intermediate bird watchers to learn about North America’s most common birds!