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Groundhog Reservoir State Wildlife Area - Dolores County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The largest body of water in the county, this lake always seems like it should have more birds than it does. It can sometimes be good for ducks and occasionally shorebirds. However, this lake does not thaw until early May at the earliest, so fall would be the best time to bird it. Species that have been seen at this location, but are difficult to find elsewhere in the county, include Western Grebe, Common Merganser, White-faced Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, Black Tern, Franklin's Gull, and Marbled Godwit. The aspen groves on the eastern end of the reservoir hold a small population of Purple Martins, while the wet meadows just beyond have breeding Fox Sparrows, Red-naped Sapsucker, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Northern Pygmy-Owl, as well as other birds typical of aspen groves, wet meadows and spruce forests.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Aspen Grove, Wet Meadow, Mixed Conifer Forest
Directions: From the town of Dolores, drive north on CR 31, which is also FR 526. Turn right onto CR H.00, which is also FR 533, at a signed intersection after roughly 25 miles. Groundhog Reservoir SWA is on the left at about 4 miles.

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