UCCS Fauna

The following is a list of animal species reported or observed at UCCS.

Though UCCS property is bordered by urban development many species still their homes at this location and the environment is suitable for many more.

 


MAMMALS:
mountain lion,
Puma concolor.  Sightings by residents and custodial crew, 2003-2012.

gray wolf, Canis lupus.  Mentioned on page 89 in Wolcott (1932).   Wolves were basically wiped-out in Colorado in the 1940's.

bobcat, Lynx rufus:. Sightings of a female with two cubs by Dr. Wagman and author on June 2 through September, 2012.

black bear, Ursus americanus.  Numerous sightings over the years to include cubs by residents, custodial crew, Dr. Wagman and author 1999-2013.

coyote, Canis latrans.  Numerous sightings and being heard by residents, Dr. Wagman, and author 1992-2015.  Cited in Wolcott (1932) and according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  In 2012-2013 it is noted that coyote sightings have increased while red fox sightings have decreased.

red fox, Vulpes vulpes.  Numerous sightings and dead foxes on Austin Bluffs Parkway over the years and year round, 1992 - 2013.  Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus.  Seen climbing the side of Columbine Hall through 3rd floor window, 1999.  In McKay (1991) on page 169 he talks about bats being in Main Hall around early 1960's and again on page 172 in the late 1970's. 

Nuttall's cottontail, Sylvilagus nuttallii.  Numerous sightings year round 1992 - 2016.  At times rabbits will gather on the extensive lawn areas of the built-up campus making some to believe the grass is good for them.  However fescue grass is not favored by rabbits and is not healthy for them if eaten as a primary food.

fox squirrel
, Sciurus niger.  Numerous sightings over the years and year round, 1992 - 2016.  Can be seen eating out of trash cans and dumpsters.

rock squirrel, Otepermophilus variegatus.  Numerous sightings year round and 1992 - 2016.  They could be easily seen even walking Mountian Lion Way to the intersection of Mountian Lion Way/Stanton and a couple even lived on the northwest end of Centennial Hall.  However the expansion of the built-up area has killed most of them including the largest presences which is not the site for the Parking Garage and Recreational Field. Currently rarely seen but are their echoing voices can be heard occasionally.

northern pocket gopher,
Thomomys talpoides.  Only seen feed holes 2006 - 2016.  2013 at Heller Center property by Judith Rice-Jones and confirmed by Dr. Pigage mammologist.

prairie vole
, Microtus ochrogaster.  Numerous sighting 1992-2009 but the expansion of the build up area of the campus has destroyed many of the colonies.  They use to live next to the Engineering building, northwest side of CSB and behind the Centennial building but were all killed during the building rennovations.

meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus.  Sighting in wet ground in drainage area near bldg 20/CITTI bldg 1992 - 2013.  The expansion of the build up area of the campus has destroyed many of the colonies.  Some try to expand into the built-up areas but never last.

Mexican woodrat, Neotoma mexicana.  McKay (1983) refers to pack rats in the main building in 1941 on page 124.  Also caught by Dr. Pigage mammologist in Centennial Hall before 2009.  Dead rat found by Student employee for Outdoor Services, August 13, 2014 on the west lawn of Dwire Hall.  Specimen in Dr. Pigage's mammalogy museum.  Dead rat found by Joe Dutton, Outdoor Services, March 26, 2015 on the east side of CSB in wooded area.  Specimen in Dr. Pigage's mammalogy museum. 

house mouse, Mus musculus.  Numerous mice were being caught in Centennial Hall before it was renovated in 2006.  According to the Orkin pest control staff members house mice are still being trapped throughout the campus (2013).  Leissner and Albert 2013 Upper Plaza.

deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus.  Caught and released winter 2012.  Identification verified by Dr. Pigage, mammologist.  Numerous being caught by residents, Dr. Wagman, and author 2012-2015. 

porcupine, Erethizon dorsatum.  Sightings by Eagle rock residents 2003.

raccoon, Procyon lotor.  Sightings by Eagle rock residents 2003, Dr. Wagman and author 2006 - 2016.

striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis.  Numerous sightings or smelled over the years 1992 - 2016.

mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus.  Numerous sightings over the years 1992 - 2016 and and according to "Cragmor:  Flora" website.

 


BIRDS:
On page 105  Mckay (1983) describes a time when birds were plentiful in the mid 1920s.  He suggest that typically 60  and up to 107 birds were seen.

Hawks
red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis.   A couple are permanent residents 1992 to 2016.  In 2012 young were noted screaming late summer.   Also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

northern goshawk, Accipiter gentilis.  Picked up an immature goshawk after he knocked himself out while chasing a rock dove into a Main Hall window 2002.  The hawk was checked by a vet, fed and later released.


Pigeons & Doves
rock dove, Columba livia.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2016.
mourning dove, Zenaida macroura.  Numerous sightings  1992 - 2013 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna"website.


Owls
great horned owl
, Bubo virginianus.  Sightings by residents and owl pellets found and given to Dr. Pigage for identification, 2003.


Hummingbirds
rufus hummingbird
, Selasphorus rufus. Numerous sightings and heard 1999 - 2015.  They migrate and return every year.
broad tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus.  Numerous sighting and heard 1992-2015.  Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 while on a campus hike.

Woodpeckers:  "woodpeckers" by Low 1926-28.
downy woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. Sighted by Dr. Wagman and author, 1992 - 2013.
northern flicker, Colaptes auratus.  Numerous sightings year round and heard drumming 1992 - 2016.
red-naped sapsucker, Sphyrapicus nuchalis.    Seen by Dr. Wagman and author, August 27, 2012

Falcons
American kestrelFalco sparverius.  Sitting on a light pole behind Keystone House, March 1, 2013.


Flycatchers
western kingbird
, Tyrannus verticalis.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.

Herons
great blue heron, Ardea herodias.  Summer 2013 flying over campus.

Jays & Crows
black-billed magpie
, Pica pica.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2016 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
pinyon jay, Aphelocoma californica.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2016 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
blue jay, Cyanocitta cristata.   Sightings 1992 - 2015 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
Steller's jay,  Cyanocitta stelleri.  Numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author, 2012 - 2015.
American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.  Sightings 1992 - 2015 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
common raven, Corvus corax.  Sightings 1992 - 2015.


Larks
horned or meadow lark,
Eremophila alpestris.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website they saw a meadow lark.   However, the checklist of Colorado birds shows only the horned lark lives in El Paso county.


Swallows
violet-green swallow
, Tachycineta thalassina.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2013 and also  according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.


Chickadees:  "chickadees" by Low 1926-28
black-capped chickadee
, Poecile atricapillus.  Numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author, 1992 - 2015.
mountain chickadee,
Poecile gambeli.  Numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author 1992 - 2015.   Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 during a campus hike.


Bushitit
bushtit
, Psaltriparus minimus.  According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  Identified by Dan Lykins May 2013 during a campus hike.


Nuthatch:  (Low 1926-28)  
white-breasted nuthatch
, Sitta carolinensis.  Numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author, 1992 - 2016.


Creepers  
brown creeper
, Certhia americana.  "Creeper" by Low 1926-28 and 2013.


Wrens
house wren,
Troglodytes aedon.    According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.


Gnatcatchers
blue-gray gnatcatcher
, Polioptila caerulea.  According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.


Kinglet
ruby-crowned kinglet
, Regulus calendula.    Found dead 2006.


Thrushes
American robin
, Turdus migratiorius.   A "white robin" by Low 1927,  sightings 1992 - 2013 and  also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.  Leissner and Albert 2013.


Thrashers
northern mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos.   A "mockingbird" by Low 1927 


Starling
European starling
s, Sturnus vulgaris.  Sightings 1992 - 2013.


Waxwings
cedar waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum.    "Waxwings" identified in Low 1926-28 and  according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.


Warblers
ovenbird,
Seiurus aurocapillus:  Found dead 2006.


Sparrows:  (Low 1926-28)
dark-eyed Junco,  Junco hyemalis.  Numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author 1992 - 2015.
song sparrow, Melospiza melodia.  According to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
Green-tailed Towhee
, Pipilo chlorurus Behind COB in the Gambel oak May 10, 2013.
eastern or rufous sided towhee, Pipilo erythrophthalmus.   "Towhee" identified in Low 1926-28 and  numerous sightings by Dr. Wagman and author, 1992 - 2016.
house sparrow, Passer domesticus.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2016.
chipping sparrow, Spizella passerine.  Dan Lykins biology instructor found dead at Main Hall May 2013.


Cardinals:
blackheaded grosbeak,
Pheucticus melanocephalus.  "Grosbeak" indentifed in Low 1926-28 and sighting 2006, 2015.


Blackbirds
common grackle
, Quiscalus quiscula.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna"
Bullock’s oriole, Icterus bullockii.  May 2013 for about a month.  Probably migrating through.
Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula.   According to "Cragmor:  Fauna"


Finches:  (Low 1926-28)
American goldfinch, Carduelis tristis.  Sightings by Dr. Wagman and author 1999 - 2012 and according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.
house finche, Carpodacus mexicanus.  Numerous sightings 1992 - 2015 and also according to "Cragmor:  Fauna" website.



REPTILES:

night snake, Hypsiglena torquata.  Sighting and photographed on concrete walksway on main campus by a student April 14, 2012.

western or prairie rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis.  Custodian killed one according to Facilities newsletter 2013.  Dr. Wagman 2015.

bull snake, Pituophis catenifer sayi.  Sighting 2 road kill 2013 on Eagle Rock road near Lot 11 and Lot 14 and 2010 by Dr. Havlick.

plains garter snake, Thamnophis radix.  Periodic sightings 1992 - 2015.  Every year I will see one beside or crossing the road.

prairie or fence lizard, Sceloporus undalatus.  Yearly sightings 1992 - 2015.



ARTHOPODS:  Insect orders
C
oleoptera, family coccinellidae:  about 80 species in Colorado

  • lady beetles

Coleoptera, family carabidae:  about 406 species in Colorado

  • common ground beetle, Harpulus sp.

Coleoptera, family cicindelidae:  about 35 species in Colorado

  • tiger beetles

Coleoptera, family cantharidae:

  • goldenrod soldier beetles, Chauliognathus sp.

Diptera, family syrphidae:  about 200 species in Colorado

  • flower flies

Coleoptera, family myrmeleontidae:  about 50 species in Colorado

  • lacewings

Orthoptera

Hemiptera, family reduviidae:  about 32 speicies in Colorado

  • assassin bugs
  • bee hunter, Apiomerus sp.

Hymenoptera
midrib gall wasp, Adleria dimorpha.  2013.
honey bee, Apis sp.  1992-2013.
bumble bee, Bombus sp. 1992 - 2013.
velvet ant or cow killer, Dasymutilla sp.:  Seen August 21, 2012
harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1992-2013.
paper wasp, Polistes sp.  1992 - 2013.
yucca moth, Tegeticulla yuccasella. 
yellow jacket, Vespula sp.
spider wasps.  1992 - 2013

Lepidoptera

Mantidae, family mantidae:  7 species in Colorado

ARTHOPODS:  Non-insect orders

Arachnida, family araneae:  about 600 species in Colorado

  • jumping spiders

Opiliones: daddy longlegs

Scorpinida

  • common striped bark scorpion, Centruroides vittatus.   Numerous ones found every year in Centennial and Dwire Hall by Michael Friloux.  1992 - 2013.

class chilopoda:  about 25 speices in Colorado

scutigeromorpha
house centipede, Scutigera sp.  Numerous ones found in Centennial 1993 - 2010 by author and Michael Friloux.
giant desert centipede
Summer 2013 by Lance Hank custodian.


REFERENCES:  if not specified the animals were identified by the author.

Albert, Katherine R.  Student Assistant II at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2013.

Douglas R.  Asylum of the Gilded Pill.  Colorado: State historical Society of Colorado, 1983.  Print.

Friloux, Michael.  Custodian Centennial Hall at UCCS. Colorado Springs, CO.  1998-2013.

Hank, Lance.  Custodian III at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2008-2013

 

Havlick, David.  Assistant Professor Columbine Hall at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2006 - 2013.

Leissner, Jennifer L.  Student Assistant II at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2013.

Low, Myrtle K. Cragmor resident from September 1926 to most of 1928.  See page 105 and 106 in  McKay,

 

Lykins, Dan.  Instructor Osborne Center at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2012-2013. 

 

McKay, Douglas R.  Asylum of the Gilded Pill.  Colorado: State historical Society of Colorado, 1983.  Print.

 

n.p.  "Cragmor:  Fauna."  University of Colorado Colorado Springs, August 2005 Web. 18 May 2012.

 

Pigage, Jon.  Assistant Professor Osborne Center at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  1994 - 2013.

 

Rice-Jones, Judith.  Retired faculty Kraemer Family library and Garden Master at UCCS.  Colorado Springs, CO.  1981-2013.

 

Smith, Curtis.  "Faculty Representative Assembly Meeting:  Bird walk.    University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 15 March 2007  Web. 18 May 2012.

Wagman, Daniel.  Pulpit Rock Open Space resident.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2008 - 2013.

 

Wolcott, Frances Metcalfe.  Heritage of Years:  Kaleidoscopic Memories.  Minton, Balch & Co., 1932.  Print.