Nature Hikes at Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Although the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge isn’t scheduled to open to visitors until sometime in 2018, it is possible right now to take guided hikes of the 5,237-acre refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the refuge, bases its operations on the 2005 “Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan.” That …

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs in Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog is one of the adorable animals that inhabit the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and is one of two animals described by Lewis and Clark in their journals that documented their expedition. The Black-tailed Prairie Dog is a rodent found in the Great Plains of North America from the Canadian to …

Great Blue Herons in the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

Great Blue Herons are an interesting type of bird that live in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Blue herons are medium to large sized birds that have long ‘S’- shaped necks and strong featherless legs. Their bills are typically quite long and spear-like in shape. Blue heron wings are broad and long, comprised of …

Nature Parks in Candelas Surrounding Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

The most notable feature of the Candelas scenery is the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Over 300 species of animals call this six-thousand-acre sanctuary home. Currently several miles of trails are planed that will connect to existing hiking and biking paths. Once opened to the public Candelas residents will be able to enjoy a run …

Prairie Grassland Habitats in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

One of the main habitats in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is the prairie grasslands. At the refuge, there are three main types of grasslands: xeric tallgrass prairies, tallgrass prairies, and mixed prairie grasslands. The most interesting types of grassland found here is the xeric tallgrass. Xeric tallgrass prairies are some of the oldest …

Prairie Rattlesnakes in the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

The prairie rattlesnake is one of the many species of animals that inhabit the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. It is also known as western rattlesnake and great plains rattlesnake. This snake is found across North America in areas including the great plains, the Rocky Mountains, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. It typically grows to …

Red-tailed Hawk in Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

The red-tailed hawk is one species of bird that lives in the Rocky Flats Wildlife National Refuge. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It is also the most common type of hawk in North America. The red-tailed hawk …

Red-winged Blackbird in the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge

The beautiful red-winged blackbird is found year-round at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. This bird is one of the most studied bird species in the world and many claims have been made that it is the most abundant bird species in all of the North America. The species get its name from the male’s …

Shrubland Habitats in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Shrublands are one type of habitat found in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and one specific type, “Tall Upland” shrublands, make up roughly 34 acres of the refuge. T are important areas that provide habitat to many different plants and animals. Tall Upland shrublands are mainly associated with higher levels of onsite groundwater. The …