Colorado is part of the Central and Pacific flyways and provides important migration habitat for waterfowl produced in the Prairie Pothole Region.
The eastern plains of Colorado, particularly the South Platte River corridor, are a prime example of the state's top-quality migration habitat. This region is part of Ducks Unlimited’s Heartland Heritage and Habitat Initiative. Efforts in this region focus on working with partners to restore and protect shallow wetland habitats along the Platte River. These key stopover sites provide foraging and resting areas for migrating birds, as well as wintering habitat.
Through the Peaks to Prairies Initiative, Ducks Unlimited also focuses on restoration and protection of key areas across the Rocky Mountains that contain high-quality wetland habitats and concentrations of waterfowl.
Wetlands in the San Luis Valley and North Park provide critical migration and wintering stopover points for Central and Pacific flyway ducks, sandhill cranes, water birds and shorebirds. The area is also among the most productive breeding habitats in North America for numerous duck and colonial wading bird species.
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