Resource Management

Geese on refuge pond / Jenny and Oliver Davis ©

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge utilizes various tools and actively manages these lands for the benefit of wildlife.

The greenbelt of the Colorado River is an important migratory corridor for a host of birds and resident wildlife. In an effort to protect and restore this important habitat, management efforts include restoring and flooding old river meanders and backwaters. In addition, much time is spent restoring native vegetation on the refuge. Dense stands of the exotic tree salt cedar are removed and replaced with native species such as mesquite, cottonwood, and willow

Management of farm fields along with restoration of wetlands and moist soil units provide habitat for thousands of Canada geese, snow geese, sandhill cranes, and other migratory waterfowl that migrate to Cibola in the winter.