The canyon is an area of mixed habitats: shortgrass prairie with scattered pinon-juniper woodlands, limestone breaks, red sandstone cliffs, cottonwood riparian zones, some aspen, a basalt ridge along the south, and a series of side canyons along the Purgatoire River.
Queens State Wildlife Area
|Description: This state wildlife area encompasses several large, open reserviors-Neenoshe, Neegronda, Neesopah, and Upper and Lower Queens-surrounded by agricultural fields and shortgrass prairie. Thin bands of cottonwoods grow along high water marks and there are sandy and muddy shores in low-water area. Water levels fluctuate substantially due to irrigation needs. Bird species vary depending on the water level. Birds can be seen on the water from your vehicle.|
Wildlife to Watch: Excellent for shore and wading birds in low-water years-phalaropes, avocets, sandpipers, black-necked stilts, and dowitchers. Piping plovers, a threatened species, and endangered least terns have nested here in recent years. Observe the signs denoting sensitive wildlife nesting areas along the beach. Piping plovers nest on the sand so don’t drive vehicles on the beach or allow dogs to chase the birds. Some snowy plovers and large accumulations of white pelicans. Snow geese numbers impressive in late February and early March in high water years. Masses of migrating sandhill cranes are often seen from the end of February through early April. Variety of dabbling and diving ducks; also western, Clark’s eared, pied-billed, and horned grebes. Occasional longspurs among flocks of horned larks in upland areas in winter and spring. Mud Lake, west of Neenoshe and U.S. Highway 287 at mile marker 100, is very good for water and shorebirds.
Special Tips: Please don`t drive vehicles on beach or allow dogs to chase birds.
Other Activities: Sandhill cranes migrate from rthe end of February until early April.
Ownership: PVT, State Parks, BLM, CDOW
Size: 4426 acres
Closest Town: Eads
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