Restoration Equals Better Waterfowling at San Luis Valley

Colorado waterfowlers and other outdoor recreationists will enjoy newly restored habitat in the San Luis Valley. Ducks Unlimited enhanced more than 2,000 acres of waterfowl breeding habitat at the Alamosa and Monte Vista national wildlife refuges.

The work was funded through grants from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and DU donors. DU renovated a well, installed new water-control structures, and reconstructed a ditch and its banks. Both the Alamosa and Monte Vista refuges allow public hunting.

"The improved water-management infrastructure will facilitate our ability to not only better manage waterfowl nesting and migration habitat, but also increase waterfowl hunting opportunities," said refuge biologist Scott Miller.

Greg Kernohan, DU's manager of conservation programs for Colorado, said the refuges are in one of the most significant waterfowl habitat complexes in Colorado. "This work continues DU's support of the hunting tradition in the San Luis Valley," Kernohan said. "This project benefits other wildlife species as well as nesting waterfowl."

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