North Shields Pond Natural Area
1333 N. Shields
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Natural Area: Birding, Fish, Hike, Horse, Picnic, Snow Sports, Walk
A great place to visit with a 1.5 mile trail system that when combined with Sterling Natural Area creates a “figure 8” configuration. North Shields Ponds has nice views of the mountains and a feeling of remoteness, even close to town. North Shields Pond is popular for anglers, equestrians and hikers. Fish species include black bullhead, channel catfish, bluegill, hybrid sunfishes, largemouth bass, and black crappie. Birdwatchers will want to look for any of the 30 species of birds that have been seen here including red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, snow geese and American wigeons. Native plants include showy milkweed (upon which the monarch butterfly is dependent), cattails, and cottonwood trees.