National Wildlife Refuge
|1318 Hwy 318
Maybell, CO 81640
Phone Number: 970-365-3613
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|Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge provides a wildlife oasis in an otherwise semi-arid environment.|
Continued . . . In turn, the riparian areas provide habitat for thousands of migrating songbirds, such as the lazuli bunting and Wilsons warbler.
The seven wetlands at Browns Park NWR provide essential foraging and resting grounds for migratory waterfowl during their spring and fall migrations. Other species dependent on the wetlands include the American bittern, white-faced ibis, and Woodhouse's toad.
Nearly 1,900 acres of the Refuge are covered by grassland plants such as the alkali sacaton, inland saltgrass, western wheatgrass, and Great Basin wild rye. These plants provide nesting cover for waterfowl, northern harriers, and songbirds such as the savannah sparrow. The grasslands also provide cover for small mammals like the montane vole.
Semi-desert shrubland dominates the upland habitat. The dominant plant species are shadescale, big sagebrush, greasewood, needle and thread grass, and the non-native, invasive cheatgrass. Refuge wildlife species that rely on the semi-desert shrubland for breeding include the sage grouse, Brewer's sparrow, loggerhead shrike, Ord's kangaroo rat, and sagebrush vole.
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