Sunday, April 29, 2012

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

We are volunteering at the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  It consists of three Refuges. 

Monte Vista NWR was created in 1952 by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.  It is a 14,804 acre artificially created wetland.  It’s intensively managed to provide habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl and other water birds.

Alamosa NWR is 12,026 acres of upland areas, riparian corridors, wet meadows, and river oxbows.  It was established in 1962 as a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife in the San Luis Valley.

The third refuge is not open to the public.  It is the BACA NWR and was established in 2003.

We will be working at all three refuges but most of our time will be at Alamosa.

If you read a couple of posts back you will see that our Alamosa RV site is probably not going to be finished any time soon. 
We have moved over to the Monte Vista NWR.

We’re parked behind an historical house that is owned by the Refuge, but not used.

The driveway is lined on both sides with enormous cottonwood trees.

This is the view out our window.

We’re glad to have full hookups!

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