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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Beaver Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area - Rio Grande County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This pleasant trip on paved and graded road, along a pretty mountain stream, will please both birders and non-birders as it passes through mixed forest of juniper/fir/Ponderosa/Bristlecone/aspen. Watch for Northern Oriole, Western Tanager, Bushtit, Orange-crowned and Yellow Warblers, various woodpeckers and American Dipper. The reservoir may not be free of ice until mid-April or later, after which it attracts many fishermen and common waterfowl, but expect vagrants, too. Avoid weekends. Beyond the reservoir, the road continues upward to the Summitville area.

Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
Directions: West of the town of South Fork, turn south from US 160 across bridge over the South Fork of the Rio Grande and follow FR 360.
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