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Flora & Fauna Shootingstar (Dodecatheon pulchellum), photo credit: Bill Bowman

Niwot Ridge encompasses a wide variety of vegetation communities as well as animal life ranging from a variety of arthropods to birds and mammals. 

Flora

Niwot Ridge Flora

Niwot Ridge Flora

Niwot Ridge encompasses a wide variety of vegetation communities. Lodgepole pine and aspen stands are found on the lower east- and south-facing slopes of Niwot Ridge. Lodgpole pine is replaced by subalpine spruce-fir forests at higher elevations. Limber pine occurs in rocky terrain throughout forested areas. In the...


Fauna

Niwot Ridge Fauna

Niwot Ridge Fauna

Animal life inhabiting the Niwot Ridge area ranges from a variety of arthropods to birds and mammals. The only year-round avian resident in the Colorado alpine zone is the white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura), but common summer residents include the American pipit (Anthus rubescens), rosy finch (Leucosticte spp.),...


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