Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Walden

4.7
#88 of 165 in Wildlife in Colorado
The Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in north central Colorado. It is part of the national forest which manages a protection for its flora and fauna. The refuge is located in North Park in central Jackson County south of the town of Walden. The refuge was established in 1967 to furnish waterfowl with a suitable place to nest and rear their young. It was created in part to offset losses of nesting habitat in the prairie wetland region of the Midwest. It is located in the valley of the Illinois River, a tributary of the North Platte River. It is administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The dry climate of the area requires the diversion of water from the Illinois River through a complex system of ditches to irrigate wetland meadows and fill water fowl brood ponds. Periodic burning, irrigation and various grazing systems are management tools used on the refuge meadows to maintain vegetative vigor for nesting purposes. Manipulation of water levels in the shallow ponds is intended to assure adequate aquatic vegetation for food and escape cover. The ponds also produce many insects and other invertebrates needed by most female waterfowl for successful egg laying. These insects also serve as an essential food item for the growth of ducklings and goslings during the summer months.
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  • The refuge comprises a large buidling with ranger base most informative staff, interesting items to purchase with a wildlife bias as one would hope for this place. Goodd quality souvenirs at reasonabl...  more »
  • We drove the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour Road, a 6 mile dirt loop road. We saw several Prairie Dogs and one good sized Beaver. Later on we saw a Moose in the road in Arapaho National Fo...  more »

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