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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Accessible Blanca Wetlands - Alamosa County
Ownership: State
Description: Unfortunately, this area is closed to the public from February 15 to July 15, but when it is open, it can be one of the best birding spots in the county. Numerous ponds and marshes support essentially all the breeding and migratory waterbirds of the area. The real ornithological jewel here is a breeding population of Snowy Plover, but you will be lucky to find one. Before birding here, you might want to stop at the BLM office in Monte Vista or the one in Del Norte to pick up a map, since the geography of the place has no rhyme or reason, and it's very easy to get lost.

Habitat: Sagebrush, Marsh, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From the intersection of US 160 and CO 17 in Alamosa, head five miles north and turn right (east) on CR 2S. Proceed seven miles east to the entrance gate.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Whimbrel2016-051 07/20/2016
Western Gull2016-054 07/20/2016