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Wetlands Priority Species
Wetlands Priority Species
Piping Plover - Copyright Steven Tucker, USFWS

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages wetland and riparian conservation projects to benefit these species. The following species have been declared priorities for conservation in Colorado's State Wildlife Action Plan, or are popular species for waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing. Tier 1 species are highest priority for project funding.  

To see ​fact sheet​s explaining species descriptio​ns, distributions, preferred habitat conditions, management recommendations, and ​habitat​ scorecards, click on the species name ​in the table ​below. Not all species have profiles. 

​​The fact sheets/scorecards are intended to guide the development of wetland and riparian habitat ​improvement projects​, assist ​grant writers in adequately describing project benefits to these species, and facilitate project evaluation pre- and post-restoration.

Individual species "fact sheets and habitat scorecards" are linked below,​ if available. 

​Tier 1

​Tier 2

​Game Birds

American Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
​ Barrow’s Goldeneye

​Nongame Birds

Greater Sandhill Crane
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo 
American Bittern
American White Pelican
Black Swift
Black Tern
Northern Harrier
Western Snowy Plover
White-faced Ibis


N. Mex. Meadow Jumping MouseRiver Otter


​N/A Black-necked Gartersnake


Boreal Toad (S. Rocky Mtn. Pop.)Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
Canyon Tree Frog
Couch’s Spadefoot
Great Basin Spadefoot
Gr. Plains Narrowmouth Toad
Green Toad
Wood Frog


Arkansas Darter
Bluehead Sucker
Bonytail Chub
Orangespotted Sunfish
Orangethroat Darter
Plains Topminnow
Rio Grande Chub
Rio Grande Sucker
​Iowa Darter