San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Baca Refuges form the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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Operating as usual

10/08/2020

One never tires of seeing and hearing the Sandhill cranes come back to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Warm weather has them very active long before sunrise. They leave their overnight wetland roost along the wildlife drive before the sun comes up to go feed.

10/05/2020

Fall on Alamosa refuge! Migration is in full swing. Many songbirds are still here and the ducks and cranes are coming in.

USFWS Migratory Birds
10/01/2020

USFWS Migratory Birds

Tonight is another big night for bird migration! Grab some binoculars, get outside and enjoy the nature happening all around you! https://birdcast.info/

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex's cover photo
09/30/2020

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex's cover photo

09/23/2020

Today’s Wildlife viewing tip. During this time of year if you see a hay field being harvested stop and look up. You might see dozens of Swainson’s and red tailed hawks hunting!!

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-avian-mortality-projectWe had a lot of birds die throughout the valley la...
09/18/2020
Southwest Avian Mortality Project

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-avian-mortality-project
We had a lot of birds die throughout the valley last week during and after the storm. Please help scientists to understand the extent of the die off by entering your sightings here.

Hundreds of dead migrant birds have been reported in the state of New Mexico during August and September 2020. With increasing awareness, reports have also come from Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Help the birds by reporting avian mortalities encountered in the Southwest United States and Mexico. Ple...

09/15/2020
Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Monte Vista

Temp Job Opportunity with CPW.

Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Taker –
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Monte Vista Office
This is a temporary position. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

CLASS TITLE: TEMPORARY AIDE (4 positions are available for hire)

LOCATION: Rio Grande County, Colorado

PRIMARY PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Monte Vista Office, 0722 S Co Rd 1East, Monte Vista, CO 81144


SALARY: $13.00 Hourly

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt; position is eligible for overtime compensation.

OPENING DATE: 09/15/2020

CLOSING DATE: 9/25/2020

JOB TYPE: Temporary (9 months or less)

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:


THIS IS A TEMPORARY POSITION (1 MONTH) - PAYING $13.00 PER HOUR

EMPLOYMENT WILL START 10/01/2020 and could go THROUGH 11/25/2021

To apply, please submit only your application (without attachments such as resumes or cover letters). This announcement will remain open until FILLED. You are encouraged to apply early.


The mission of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW)
Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB:
This position requires basic background screening (ex. positions involving cash handling, vulnerable populations (children, disabled, etc), and/or use of state vehicles. This is disclosed to applicants in the announcement as “Successful completion and passing of background screening may be required for placement in this position” to manage applicant expectations.
● JOB DESCRIPTION: Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting resumes for a temporary position at the Monte Vista Service Center and four remote locations.
● Primary job responsibilities include:
o Man a CWD sampling station at one of five locations (Monte Vista, Saguache, Ft. Garland, or Antonito)
o Collect and maintain biological samples
o Document required data
o Transport samples to the collection site at the Monte Vista Office
o Provide basic hunting and wildlife information to hunters

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, SUBSTITUTIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & APPEAL RIGHTS:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
● Must be 18 years of age or older (generally 16, 18, or 21)
● The work-site will provide some uniform items, however the employee may be required to purchase limited uniform items at their own expense.
● Applicants may be subject to successful completion of a comprehensive basic check.
● Must be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays during big game hunting seasons.
● Preference may be given to applicants with or working towards a Natural Resources degree or similar education.
● Experience with hunting, fishing, wildlife, camping and Colorado geography is a plus, but not required
● Experience in customer service
● Ability to work with the general public in person, by phone and email
● Familiar with Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website
● Possess a strong knowledge of computer fundamentals including Microsoft Word and Excel
● Strong work ethic and attention to detail
● Dependable
● Ability to multi-task in a fast paced setting
HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and a resume to Traci Geringer at [email protected]
The top qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview by 5pm on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020.

09/15/2020

The Rio Grande Walking Trail on Alamosa Refuge has reopened.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
09/11/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Licensed Outfitters needed for Game Retrieval on San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges.The San Luis Valley Refuge Co...
09/03/2020

Licensed Outfitters needed for Game Retrieval on San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges.

The San Luis Valley Refuge Complex is seeking to permit Licensed Outfitters for the purpose of retrieving harvested elk in the three National Wildlife Refuges in the San Luis Valley during the 2020 elk hunting season. Licensed Outfitters interested should contact Refuge Manager Ron Garcia at 719-256-5527 or email at [email protected]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Mountain-Prairie Region
08/31/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

These three boys just wanted to stop on your timeline to say, “Good morning!” Elk rut season is quickly approaching. Stop by a National Wildlife Refuge from around September to October to hear their ghostly calls! If you haven’t heard an elk bugle before, listen to this clip: http://ow.ly/E6en50Bc7Vc

Photo: Elk at Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges by Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Mountain-Prairie Region
08/26/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

That morning mood. 😴
This burrowing owl is still waking up. Whoooo else needs some coffee this morning? Burrowing owls are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the daytime: http://ow.ly/QwFn50B8rab

Photo: Burrowing owl at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge by Ray Fetherman

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Mountain-Prairie Region
08/04/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Have you ever wondered why we band ducks and what a day of duck banding looks like? Check out how Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado estimates duck populations: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/3c50e4e444f34453aa91535efae7ad9d

Photo: Getting ready to band a mallard by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System
07/29/2020

USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System

National wildlife refuges are popular close-to-home destinations for outdoor recreation during the COVID pandemic. We need your help to ensure the safety of our visitors — both human and wild. Not sure how to #RecreateResponsibly? This page offers a few ways: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/visit/recreate-responsibly.html

Can you find the mountain lion? 👀
07/07/2020

Can you find the mountain lion? 👀

#WildlifeWednesday Take a moment today to search for the hidden mountain lion that is following this elk. How long did it take you? Share this and find out how many of your friends can actually spot this elusive predator!

This photo was taken as part of a monitoring project looking at the success of restoring arroyos at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge.

Post update: For more of the story, check out this blog post. https://medium.com/usfws/trail-cam-treasure-hunt-5e6a22546b47

Photo description: One elk in the foreground of an arroyo surrounded by trees and one mountain lion hidden in the background. Photo was taken in October 2019.

06/23/2020

Anyone feel like a nap listening to bird song next to the Rio Grande? Alamosa NWR

06/18/2020
U.S. Department of the Interior

This is history in the making! The Great American Outdoors Act would help conserve public lands for current and all future generations to come.

The Great American Outdoors Act would be one of the largest investments in America’s national parks and public lands in decades. President Donald J. Trump has called on Congress to restore our parks!

If you find a baby bird please leave them alone. Most likely mom and dad are nearby and the young one is learning to fly...
05/27/2020
I found a baby bird - what should I do?

If you find a baby bird please leave them alone. Most likely mom and dad are nearby and the young one is learning to fly and gain more independence.
To read more on the subject click on the article below.
Thank you for caring for the wildlife and its habitat!

Sadly, many people’s attempts to save a baby bird may do more harm than good. Learn the right thing to do if you find a nestling or fledgling to help ensure the youngster has the best chance of survival.

05/12/2020

We honor the memory of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers who gave their lives to protect people and wildlife. National Police Week: May 10-16. Thank you.

05/10/2020
04/30/2020

Rio Grande Nature Trail at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Seasonally Closed for Endangered Species Protection

A seasonal closure of the Rio Grande Nature Trail on Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be in effect starting Friday, 05/01/2020 to protect the federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL). The SWFL is a small riparian dependent songbird that uses willow and cottonwood habitat for migration, foraging, and nesting. Human activities (e.g., hiking, bicycling) have the potential to disrupt nesting territory establishment and foraging and nesting activities, making adults less attentive to their eggs or young, and expose nests to predators. Any human disturbance that leads to temporary or permanent negative effects to breeding success slows the recovery of this species.The reopening of the trail is expected when the nesting season is completed, on or about September 1, 2020. The 3.5 mile loop wildlife drive (auto tour route) will remain open on the refuge and we welcome visitors to hike, bike, and drive this area. For more information regarding this closure please contact Refuge Manager Suzanne Beauchaine at 719-588-3473.

USFWS Migratory Birds
03/24/2020

USFWS Migratory Birds

How birders measure the necessary social distancing guidelines 😀

03/22/2020

As of Friday there were several thousand cranes utilizing the Refuges barley field on CR 7S in-between CR 2E &3E. Get there from sunrise to about 930 and then again a couple of hours before sunset. Also spotted two Western Bluebirds at the 8S pullout.

03/19/2020

Public Notice: The San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be temporarily changing its operations in responds to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. As of 3/19/2020, all refuge facilities/buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. The remaining outdoor public use areas of the refuges will remain open and accessible to visitors. Updates will be posted as circumstances change. Please contact refuge management if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.The refuge staff use trailcams to h...
03/19/2020

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.
The refuge staff use trailcams to help monitor activities throughout the refuges from wildlife movements, waterfowl feeding behavior, vegetation succession, predation rates/occurence, nesting success, and many many more purposes. These are just a few pics that we'd like to share.

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.
The refuge staff use trailcams to help monitor activities throughout the refuges from wildlife movements, waterfowl feeding behavior, vegetation succession, predation rates/occurence, nesting success, and many many more purposes. These are just a few pics that we'd like to share.

03/19/2020

Crane Viewing Update:
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge has about 5,000- 6,000 cranes currently on the farm field that is located on the CR 7S between CR 2E and CR 3E

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Mountain-Prairie Region
03/16/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Happy Monday! Mallards are building their nests in preparation for laying eggs this spring. Nests are built on ground, near water, and usually hidden in tall vegetation. We hope you’re ready to see some baby ducks soon! More: http://ow.ly/QhK550yLvSn

Photo: Mallard hen on nest in Colorado by Ray Fetherman

USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System
03/14/2020

USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!
117 Proud Years of Wildlife Conservation
http://ow.ly/Kwyj50yK4B3 (Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS)

03/12/2020

What a way to start your day. Cranes roosting overnight in the wetlands on Monte Vista refuge along the wildlife drive. At sunrise it’s time to go feed.

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.The refuge staff use trailcams to h...
03/11/2020

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.
The refuge staff use trailcams to help monitor activities throughout the refuges from wildlife movements, waterfowl feeding behavior, vegetation succession, predation rates/occurence, nesting success, and many many more purposes. These are just a few pics that we'd like to share.

Pics from throughout the refuges of various wildlife and scenary caught on trailcams.
The refuge staff use trailcams to help monitor activities throughout the refuges from wildlife movements, waterfowl feeding behavior, vegetation succession, predation rates/occurence, nesting success, and many many more purposes. These are just a few pics that we'd like to share.

“Do a little dance...”Monte Vista Crane Festival 2020Photo by: Wendi Fischer Colorado Birder
03/11/2020

“Do a little dance...”
Monte Vista Crane Festival 2020
Photo by: Wendi Fischer
Colorado Birder

Monte Vista Crane Festival 2020Photo by: Laura Jilke
03/08/2020

Monte Vista Crane Festival 2020
Photo by: Laura Jilke

Can you name all of the different kind of wings on the table?Photo by: USFWS
03/08/2020

Can you name all of the different kind of wings on the table?
Photo by: USFWS

“Crane Festival 2020”Natural Resource Specialist Elisabeth Tsang and Wildlife Refuge Specialist Helina Alverez hanging o...
03/06/2020

“Crane Festival 2020”

Natural Resource Specialist Elisabeth Tsang and Wildlife Refuge Specialist Helina Alverez hanging out at the 37th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival.
Photo by: USFWS

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