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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Wellington State Wildlife Area/Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area - Larimer County
Aliases: Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Grassy shrublands interspersed with juniper and Russian olive shelter belts, small ponds and cattail marshes make these two state wildlife areas east of Wellington very attractive to migrating passerines, waterfowl, and raptors. Short-eared, Long-eared and sometimes Barn Owls winter in these shelter belts. Shorebirds such as American Avocet sometimes nest here. Cobb Lake to the south of Cobb Lake SWA may also be worth checking for shorebirds and waterfowl.

Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh
Directions: From I-25 Wellington Exit (exit 276) go east to frontage road then left on frontage road for 0.5 miles then right on Nunn Road. (CR 64) which passes through Wellington SWA. Check ponds on left for waterfowl. At CR 3 turn left to access parking areas of SWA, or right 3.5 miles to parking area for Cobb Lake SWA.
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CBRC Records from Wellington State Wildlife Area/Cobb Lake State Wildlife Area

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon2004-173/24/2004
Eurasian Wigeon2005-34 4/30/2005