Birding Notice


Dear Birders,

Some of you, I'm sure, have noticed the lack of water along the Wildlife Drive at Monte Vista NWR.

Our well that delivers water to that wetland broke down a couple of weeks ago. We are working on getting the problem diagnosed. In our experience it won't be a cheap fix. Please be patient as we work through the problem.

In the meantime if you haven't visited recently I would HIGHLY recommend it before the water is gone. The large wetland at the corner of the wildlife drive is shrinking but today it was FULL of waterfowl, night herons, some shorebirds and other birds I didn't get a chance to study! The birds are loving the flush of vegetation, insects and I'm sure the herons have little fish that came down the canals to eat!

There is water in the wetlands to the north of the wildlife drive that may end up with many of the birds that are now on the main wetland.

Around September 15, 2018, we will be turning on wells to shallow flood the wetlands next to highway pullout on the east to get ready for crane and waterfowl migration. This will provide good loafing, roosting and feeding habitat.

If you have any questions or concerns you may call Refuge Manager Suzanne Beauchaine at 719-589-4021 ext 1003.

Happy Birding!