Location: Manitou Lake is located north of the town of Woodland Park in central Colorado. The Manitou Experimental Forest Flammulated Owl Study Area is a separate site located 1.5 miles east of the lake.

Vegetative/natural features: Manitou Lake consists of a 13-acre lake and 63 acres of ponderosa pine, wetlands, riparian, and grassland habitat. Prominent features include the lake, associated wetlands and riparian areas, and a category 1 fen area. The Manitou Experimental Forest Flammulated Owl Study Area is an 1,117-acre forest area consisting of open old-growth stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir on south and west-facing slopes, dense younger stands of Douglas-fir and blue spruce on north aspects, and mixed quaking aspen and blue spruce in the drainages.

Ownership: Federal (U.S. Forest Service)

Ornithological Summary

This site is important for such species as Bald Eagle, Flammulated Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Dipper, Western Tanager, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, White-faced Ibis, Great Blue Heron, Yellow Warbler, Common Snipe, Dusky Flycatcher, Veery, Yellow Throat, Song Sparrow, and Lincoln's Sparrow.

Research and educational activities:
Researchers have conducted studies on Flammulated Owls at this site for the past 18 years. Studies have included such topics as habitat use during breeding season, methods for monitoring Flammulated Owls, fidelity to territory and mate, nesting biology, longevity records, and preference for old growth forest.

Additional Species Info:
The folder for this IBA contains numerous pint counts and additional list of species that are not listed above. Additional Species Info:
The species listed above with no data records have no documented observations that we are aware of.

Conservation Issues

Serious threats: hydrologic changes resulting from sediment impairment in Trout Creek.

Minor threats: invasive/non-native plants requiring annual maintenance.

Potential threats: pollution from continuing development upstream.

Management details: The site is owned by the U.S. Forest Service, and maintained by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station headquartered in Fort Collins. Manitou Lake is a Colorado Watchable Wildlife site.

Ownership

Researchers have conducted studies on Flammulated Owls at this site for the past 18 years. Studies have included such topics as habitat use during breeding season, methods for monitoring Flammulated Owls, fidelity to territory and mate, nesting biology, longevity records, and preference for old growth forest.

Land Use

undeveloped land

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