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Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area
Public access here is geared primarily towards hunters, and access is seasonally restricted in some complicated ways--see the Division of Wildlife website for more details. If you can get in, you will find numerous small to medium-size ponds, many ringed with marshes, Russian-olives, and junipers. These shelter belts, and nearby cottonwoods, can be excellent for sparrows during migration and winter and have nesting Brown Thrashers and Northern Mockingbirds. They are reasonably attractive to insectivores such as warblers and flycatchers, in migration; however, during much of the warmer months, this state wildlife area is closed to all. Roosting owls may be present in winter, and American Bittern can be found in summer. When water levels are low, a reasonable sprinkling of shorebirds are often present. Unfortunately the best line of trees, along the road to the ranger's residence south of CO 52, is off-limits to the public. Note that the rangers here are diligent in rules enforcement. Park only in the main lot, even though other areas may seem suitable and intended for such purposes.
Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
From the Hudson exit off I-76 (exit 31), go four miles east on CO 52. The main parking lot is on the left (north) just past CR 53. Another parking lot and access point is a half mile farther east on the right (south).
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