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Tracked elements of biodiversity include animals, plants, and natural communities that are uncommon either globally or within the state of Colorado. The list below includes all wetland and riparian dependent elements found within the county and the count of known occurrences.

  • Amphibians

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Anaxyrus debilisGreen ToadG5S210
Lithobates blairiPlains Leopard FrogG5S37
Scaphiopus couchiiCouch's SpadefootG5S18
  • Birds

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Charadrius alexandrinus nivosusWestern Snowy PloverG3T3S1B2
Haliaeetus leucocephalusBald EagleG5S1B,S3N3
Melanerpes lewisLewis's WoodpeckerG4S49
Numenius americanusLong-billed CurlewG5S2B2
Sterna antillarumLeast TernG4S1B1
  • Natural Communities

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Muhlenbergia asperifolia Herbaceous VegetationGreat Plains Salt MeadowsGUS24
Populus deltoides - (Salix amygdaloides) / Salix (exigua, interior) WoodlandPlains Cottonwood Riparian WoodlandG3G4S32
Populus deltoides / Distichlis spicata WoodlandPlains Cottonwood Riparian ForestsG2S12
Populus deltoides / Pascopyrum smithii - Panicum virgatum WoodlandGNRS23
Populus deltoides / Sporobolus airoides ForestPlains Cottonwood / Alkali SacatonG3S25
Populus deltoides ssp. wislizeni / Disturbed Understory WoodlandGNAS24
Schoenoplectus pungens Herbaceous VegetationBulrushG3G4S33
Sporobolus airoides Southern Plains Herbaceous VegetationGreat Plains Salt MeadowsG3QS22
  • Reptiles

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Lampropeltis getulaCommon KingsnakeG5S18