National Wildlife Refuge
|9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone Number: 719-589-4021
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|Wetlands found at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge are part of the most important habitat in Colorado for waterfowl and shorebird populations.|
Continued . . . The Refuge is a major stopover for the cranes as they move between their wintering area around Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico and their breeding grounds in the northern United States and southern Canada. The approximately 20,000 cranes collectively spend more time in the San Luis valley than at their wintering and breeding grounds.
Beginning in the l980's, a herd of elk began using the Refuge. At present, several hundred elk may be seen on the Refuge seeking winter food and sanctuary from hunting pressure on nearby public lands.
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