Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. They spend nights in communal roosts in cottonwood trees near the reservoir. Volunteer Master Naturalists are stationed at the viewing pier and explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Eagle Watch Programs require a short walk along a paved trail to a viewing pier. Please note that the viewing pier is open year round but Cattail Flats Trail is closed in the winter to prevent disturbance to these birds. Drop in any time during these programs. They are free and no registration is required, but if you sign up here you'll receive email reminders and notices of cancellations. If temperatures are below freezing, or it’s windy or foggy, the Eagle Watches may be canceled. Be sure to visit www.fcgov.com/naturalareas for weather cancellations and updates before you go.
Registration is not required for this activity, but by clicking "sign up" you will receive a reminder and updates about this program.
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I have lived in Ft. Collins since 1998. I have degrees in geology and chemistry and have worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Branch of Isotope Geology and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Veterinary Services. I inherited my father's lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. I am also a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.
I moved to Fort Collins in 1999, and retired in 2016 after 31 years as a wildlife ecologist with the USDA National Wildlife Research Center. I enjoy golfing, skiing, hiking and watching wildlife, especially birds.