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South Fork to Coller State Wildlife Area - Rio Grande County
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Description: The town of South Fork is in the montane zone, with Ponderosa Pine and Quaking Aspen and bird species such as Steller's Jay and Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbirds being common around homes and bird feeders. From South Fork, Colorado 149 follows the Rio Grande upriver, passing several housing developments which limit access to the river. At the boundary between Rio Grande and Mineral Counties, where Rio Grande National Forest begins, turn left into Coller SWA on dirt road and drive down to the river. In the open grassy meadow, Green-tailed Towhee and Mountain Bluebird abound. Along the brushy river bank, look for Song and Lincoln's Sparrows and the usual warblers such as Yellow and Common Yellowthroat. A very unusual Hooded Warbler was seen downstream a couple of miles in 2003. Common waterfowl are found on the shallow river and banks.

Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Urban/Suburban, Stream, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow
Directions: At junction of US 160 and CO 149 in South Fork, take CO 149 northwest to boundary of county and national forest.
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