Needle and Thread Grass
The Southeastern Colorado Wildlife Photo Survey is designed to let you tell interested landowners in Sourtheastern Colorado how to provide you and other photographers with the amenities you would like to have. Please contact us if you have questions or would like additional information.
Blinds with water, cover and food available can be used to attract smaller birds and wildlife. Larger, unpredictable and potentially dangerous wildlife are not usually encouraged to come to free-standing blinds for obvious reasons. Occasionally blinds can be set up near dens of smaller foxes without disturbing them very much. Many of the larger animals can be seen and photographed in southeastern Colorado, but probably not at typical blinds.
You may well know that the southeastern Colorado plains have an abundance of wildlife that display fascinating behaviors. For example, western grebes have elaborate mating rituals. In one, they kink their necks, rear up in the water, and race in this position around a lake surface in pairs or even threesomes. Greater prairie chickens gather on a communal display ground (“lek”) where the males try to attract females by inflating brightly colored air sacs in their necks, making hooting and clucking sounds, and stamping their feet and turning around with partially raised wings. Swift foxes weigh 4-7 pounds and eat smaller wildlife, grasses, fruits and insects. They are frequently preyed upon by coyotes, but are said to be less shy of humans than most predators even when caring for young.
The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication for nature appreciation and environmental protection. Please see its Principles of Ethical Field Practices for a short summary of appropiate behavior for nature photographers.
Tiger Salamander © Bill Maynard
Some counties in Southeastern Colorado see 367 different species of birds, roughly 45% of all birds seen in the USA! For a county by county listing, go to: http://www.coloradocountybirding.com/checklists/.
Southeastern Colorado's amphibians and reptiles include short-horned, roundtail horned, and Texas horned lizards, the many-lined, variable and Great Plains skinks, plains leopard frog, tiger salamander, and numerous snakes. A website with descriptions and maps showing locations of such animals is found at http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/herpatlas/coherpatlas/.
For a listing and description of many, but not all wildlife species in Colorado, go to http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/.
A recent addition to the list of websites useful to photographers is the Colorado Birding Trail website. It shows public and private sites around the state with birds of interest to bird watchers. Many of these sites have a variety of other wildlife. Many are fee-based sites. State Parks require day or annual fees. Division of Wildlife no longer requires a Habitat Stamp to enter its property. However, funds from Habitat Stamps, which can be purchased for $10 where hunting licenses are sold, continue to preserve wildlife habitat on private and public lands.
Private property owners have listed fees for access to their land. Some of these landowners may eventually erect blinds for photographers and charge a fee for using the blinds. Go to http://www.coloradobirdingtrail.com/.