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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.

  • Birds

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Asio flammeusShort-eared OwlG5S2B1
Catoptrophorus semipalmatusWilletG5S1B1
Egretta thulaSnowy EgretG5S2B3
Grus canadensis tabidaGreater Sandhill CraneG5T5S2B,S4N3
Haliaeetus leucocephalusBald EagleG5S1B,S3N6
Phalaropus tricolorWilson's PhalaropeG5S4B,S4N1
Plegadis chihiWhite-faced IbisG5S2B4
  • Fish

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Gila pandoraRio Grande ChubG3S1?3
Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalisRio Grande Cutthroat TroutG4T3S39
  • Mollusks

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Valvata sinceraMossy ValvataG5S34
  • Natural Communities

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Alnus incana - Salix drummondiana ShrublandMontane Riparian ShrublandG3S33
Alnus incana / Cornus sericea ShrublandThinleaf Alder-Red-osier Dogwood Riparian ShrublandG3G4S31
Alnus incana / Mesic Forbs ShrublandThinleaf Alder/Mesic Forb Riparian ShrublandG3S31
Alnus incana / Mesic Graminoids ShrublandMontane Riparian ShrublandG3S21
Carex pellita Herbaceous VegetationMontane Wet MeadowsG3S23
Cornus sericea ShrublandFoothills Riparian ShrublandG4QS21
Populus angustifolia / Alnus incana WoodlandMontane Riparian ForestG3S34
Salix ligulifolia ShrublandMontane Willow CarrG2G3S32
Salix lucida ssp. caudata Shrubland [Provisional]Montane Riparian ShrublandG3QS21
Salix monticola / Calamagrostis canadensis ShrublandMontane Willow CarrG3S31
Sarcobatus vermiculatus / Sporobolus airoides Sparse VegetationSaline Bottomland ShrublandsG3?S11
Schoenoplectus maritimus Herbaceous VegetationEmergent Wetland (Marsh)G4S24
Schoenoplectus pungens Herbaceous VegetationBulrushG3G4S31
Sparganium angustifolium Herbaceous VegetationMontane Floating/submergent Palustrine WetlandsG4S21
  • Vascular Plants

State Scientific NameState Common NameGRankSRankCount
Peritoma multicaulisslender spiderflowerG2G3S2S39
Sisyrinchium demissumblue-eyed grassG5S24
Sparganium eurycarpumbroadfruit bur-reedG5S21