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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Pastorius State Wildlife Area - La Plata County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This lake, pinyon/juniper forest, and cottonwood riparian is one of the best areas in the county with over two hundred species recorded here. Spring and fall are best. After the ice thaws this is a major spot for ducks and geese. Spring brings waders and shorebirds with small numbers of gulls and terns [and once, Black Skimmer]. The shrubs and trees on the east and north sides of the reservoir can be very good for migrants [rare sightings include Eastern Phoebe, Prothonotary and Palm Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, and Orchard Oriole].

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From Durango drive east on US 160 about 6 miles to CO 172 and turn right (south) toward the airport. After about 2 miles turn right (west) on CR 302. After about 1 mile turn right on CR 304, an unpaved road, and Pastorius is on the right after less than 0.5 mile.
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CBRC Records from Pastorius State Wildlife Area

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2003-14611/11/2003
Eurasian Wigeon2007-017 4/6/2007
Eurasian Wigeon2016-019 03/03/2016
Surf Scoter2015-15308 Sep 2015
Long-billed Curlew2022-007 30 Mar 2022
Pectoral Sandpiper2002-0374/15/2002
Short-billed Dowitcher2004-096 4/24/2004
Short-billed Dowitcher2007-082 5/5/2007
Laughing Gull2018-017 10/15/2018
Short-billed Gull2001-0193/30/2001
Lesser Black-backed Gull2022-006 1 Apr 2022
Least Tern2005-031 4/25/2005
Caspian Tern2022-008 11 Apr 2022
Black Skimmer2004-0304/29/2004
Great Egret2001-0535/29/2001
Glossy Ibis2001-0414/24/2001
Glossy Ibis2006-037 4/20/2006
Glossy Ibis2007-078 4/27/2007
Glossy Ibis2008-032 4/19/2008
Glossy Ibis2010-017 4/25/2010
Glossy Ibis2011-036 4/21/2011
Broad-winged Hawk2019-029 26 Sep 2019
Least Flycatcher2020-075 10 May 2020
Vermilion Flycatcher34-76-199/20/1975
Orchard Oriole2004-095 5/9/2004
Ovenbird2009-047 5/30/2009
Prothonotary Warbler2001-11110/3/2001
Prothonotary Warbler2013-214 09/19/2013
Blackpoll Warbler2002-0475/7/2002 - 5/8/2002
Palm Warbler2001-11010/3/2001 - 10/4/2001
Pine Warbler2014-055 05/04/2014