Your Guide to Birding

in Rio Blanco County

County Map Rio Blanco County
Author(s):  Todd Deininger, Dona Hilkey
County Seat: Meeker
Size: 3,228 square miles
Low Elevation: 5,053 ft. - White River on the UT border
High Elevation: 12,027 ft. - NW Ridge of Orno Peak
Best Birds: Canada Warbler (1999), Red Phalarope (1979)
Checklist: Rio Blanco County Checklist
Introduction: Rio Blanco County is 3,228 square miles, of which approximately 75% are federally owned, with habitats ranging from desert shrubland in the west to alpine tundra on the Flattops in the east. Meeker and Rangely are the only towns and both are quite small, the population of the entire county being around 6000 people.

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Big Marvine Peak
Habitat: Alpine Tundra, Krummholz, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Flattops Scenic Byway (Rio Blanco CR 8)
Habitat: Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Stream, Foothill Shrub, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Kenney Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Lake Avery and Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Scrub Oak Forest, Streamside Willows, Stream, Marsh
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Mormon Gap
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon/Juniper Forest
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Rangely Camper Park
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Stream
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Rio Blanco Lake & Piceance State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian
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Stadtman Mesa
Habitat: Pinyon/Juniper Forest
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CBRC Accepted Records from Rio Blanco County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan2001-11811/3/2001
Red Phalarope21-80-224/27/1979
Least Flycatcher2003-0996/28/2003
Bell's Vireo2000-097 
Great-tailed Grackle2007-042 6/8/2007
Canada Warbler1999-1525/27/1999