Wildlife & Habitat


Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge was created to offset, in part, losses of nesting habitat in the prairie wetland region of the Midwest.  It's location is the second largest producer of waterfowl in the state of Colorado and provides important stopover habitat for migratory birds. The Refuge also offers much more than wetland habitat,  which makes it possible to support a diverse array of wildlife species. 

  • Riparian Riches


    Only 3 % of Colorado's landscape is riparian, yet 75% of Western bird species rely on this environment.

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  • Welcoming Wetlands


    Manmade and natural ponds on the Refuge provide wetlands for waterfowl and shorebirds that produce plentiful aquatic vegetation for food and shelter.

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  • Wet Meadows


    Rich with insects, wet meadows are important feeding grounds for many small animals and amphibians, which in turn attract hunting predators.

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  • Sagebrush Steppe Uplands


    Making up the largest proportion of Arapaho's habitat, these dry, brushy areas may look inhospitable for wildlife, yet are crucial to several species on the Refuge.

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  • Birds


    Over 208 species of birds have been recorded at Arapaho NWR.  

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  • Mammals


    There are 37 species of mammals that make their home on the Refuge.

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  • Amphibians, Reptiles and Other Wildlife


    Though harder to spot, 5 species of amphibians and 1 reptile species can be found on the Refuge.

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  • Plants


    Within the boundaries of Arapaho NWR you can see 390 different species of plant life.  Take a look at our plant list!

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  • Endangered and Threatened Species


    North Park Phacelia is an endangered species of plant that exists in small numbers on the Refuge.

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