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Colorado State Forest State Park - Jackson County
Aliases: Moose Visitor Center
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This state park with the unwieldy name has some excellent birding potential. Two areas are of particular interest. The first is the road to North Michigan Reservoir (entry fee), which passes through some nice lodgepole forest and provides access to a great deal of beautiful willow habitat on the way to the reservoir that probably has Fox Sparrow and Veery. The stream below the dam looks decent for dippers.

The second spot in the park worth visiting is the Moose Visitor Center, a little farther east on Highway 14. It is open year-round. The feeders in back can be great for finches, including Red Crossbill, Cassin's Finch, Pine Grosbeak and, in winter, rosy-finches. In summer Fox Sparrow breeds in the willows beyond, and Red-naped Sapsucker is reliable. While you're there, check out the visitor center's terrific exhibits and have the rangers point you in the direction of recent moose sightings.

Habitat: Lodgepole Forest, Streamside Willow, Stream, Streamside Willow
Directions: The road to North Michigan Reservoir heads north from CO 14 about 30 miles east of Walden at the KOA campground. The Moose Visitor Center is roughly another eight miles east on the south side of the highway.
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