Important Bird Areas

Colorado National Monument

Colorado

Location: Colorado National Monument is located at the far north edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau, west of the city of Grand Junction.

Vegetative/natural features: The sites landscape is dominated by alternating steep-walled canyons and cliffs, and gently sloping mesa tops. Vegetation consists primarily of woodlands of pinyon pine and Utah juniper. Other common plant species include big sagebrush, mountain mahogany, Utah serviceberry, single-leaf ash, yucca, Mormon tea, Gambel oak, and rabbitbrush.

Historic features: Colorado National Monument was designated on May 24, 1911.

Ownership: Federal (U.S. National Park Service)

Ornithological Summary

This site provides a protected environment of intact pinyon-juniper habitat, and offers a setting that is conducive to bird research.

Deatiled daily bird listings for May and June 1999 can be found in the IBA folder.

Conservation Issues

Serious threats: unknown breeding ecology of pinyon-juniper breeding bird species (which makes implementation of management policies difficult).

Minor threats: cowbird parasitism.

Efforts to address threats: Colorado Bird Observatory and the National Park Service are currently investigating the breeding ecology and requirements of pinyon-juniper birds at this site.

Management details: Colorado National Monument is a Colorado Watchable Wildlife site.

Habitat

The sites landscape is dominated by alternating steep-walled canyons and cliffs, and gently sloping mesa tops. Vegetation consists primarily of woodlands of pinyon pine and Utah juniper. Other common plant species include big sagebrush, mountain mahogany, Utah serviceberry, single-leaf ash, yucca, Mormon tea, Gambel oak, and rabbitbrush.

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