Burning for the Birds

On October 24, 2017 partners from several agencies came together to conduct a prescribed burn on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge staff works to provide healthy wetlands and plants for all wildlife. Old plants build up a thick layer of litter and let weeds get out of control. Using fire to remove that build up helps native plants get the upper hand. Along the trail and wildlife drive it’s hard to miss where we burned. Next spring this area will warm up quickly providing plants, insects and places to rest for migrating birds like Sandhill Cranes and several species of ducks.

2017 Prescribed burn on Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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