Location: Rio Grande and Home Lake State Wildlife Areas are located near the town of Monte Vista in south-central Colorado.

Vegetative/natural features: The site consists of riparian habitat along the Rio Grande River, open water habitat in Home Lake, and marshy wetlands. Narrowleaf Cottonwoods at the site provide an important corridor for migrating birds. Spruce plantations near Home Lake provide cover for spring migrants, especially during late-spring snowstorms.

Ownership: State (CO Division of Wildlife

Ornithological Summary

The site is important as a resting and feeding area for migrating birds. It is so attractive to neotropical migrant species, that even rare and out-of-range species are found here, such as Cerulean Warbler, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Magnolia, and Northern Parula. In addition, Clarks Grebe, Plumbeous Vireo, Redhead, Western Grebe, and Western Tanager use the area during migration. Bald Eagles use the cottonwoods. Willow Flycatchers are found at the site.

Additional Species Info: The species listed above with no data records (all) have no documented observations that we are aware of.

Conservation Issues

Serious threats: Habitat conversion and development of nearby private lands, which can eliminate important linkages for migrating birds

Potential threats: Disturbance to birds and habitat

Management details: Rio Grande State Wildlife Area is a Colorado Watchable Wildlife site.

Habitat

The site consists of riparian habitat along the Rio Grande River, open water habitat in Home Lake, and marshy wetlands. Narrowleaf Cottonwoods at the site provide an important corridor for migrating birds. Spruce plantations near Home Lake provide cover for spring migrants, especially during late-spring snowstorms.

Land Use

There is undeveloped land.

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