Location: Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area is located near the town of Saguache in south-central Colorado.

Vegetative/natural features: The site contains a wide variety of high elevation wetlands including shallow wet meadows, deeper water wetlands, bullrush, and cattails. High desert shrublands within the site contain greasewood and rabbitbrush communities. Some of the ponds at the site contain fish, which draw in such bird species as Osprey, mergansers, Cormorants, and gulls.

Ownership: State (CO Division of Wildlife)

Ornithological Summary

This site provides habitat for a variety of waterbirds, as well as some upland species. It contains heronries, and provides migratory and breeding habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds.

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 (from the Closed Basin project)

Potential threats: Grazing impact

Management details: The U.S. Forest Service arranged to pasture horses at the site during fall and winter (not during nesting season). Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area is a Colorado Watchable Wildlife site.

Habitat

site contains a wide variety of high elevation wetlands including shallow wet meadows, deeper water wetlands, bullrush, and cattails. High desert shrublands within the site contain greasewood and rabbitbrush communities. Some of the ponds at the site contain fish, which draw in such bird species as Osprey, mergansers, Cormorants, and gulls.

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