Birds of the Lower Animas

By Molly   •   January 8, 2013

The section of the Lower Animas River that runs through Durango offers a beautifully developed riparian habitat, where aquatic environments are protected from excessive sedimentation, polluted surface runoff, and erosion. This allows a plethora of species to thrive on, near, and around the banks of our small mountain town. On a quiet morning, you could stroll the river walk and see a number of different species of birds and when you’re lucky, they even come out during our Lower Animas Rafting Trips! Some of the birds you might encounter are:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Common Merganser
  • American Kestrel
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • American Crow
  • Barn Swallow
  • European Starling
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee

Can you guess what these four birds are from the list above?


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