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Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex


01 19 13_Sand Hill Cranes_0150_edited-2 Located less than 2 miles away from the park on Route 116 in Bernardo, this is a great place for the birdwatching enthusiast. Migrating birds include snow geese, sandhill cranes, Canadian geese and whooping cranes. — Bernardo Waterfowl Area contains a wildlife trail complete with viewing and photographic towers and is open to the public. The Bernardo area first came under Department of Game and Fish control through a lease made in 1961 with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. Its 1573 acres include about 450 acres of crops cultivated to provide winter feed for migratory and upland birds that share corn, grain sorghum and green feed raised here.

The area contains widely scattered cottonwoods, growths of tamarisk, a pond and a small marsh and lies in a river bottom with the Rio Grande nearby. For those who enjoy bird watching, this is a fine place to observe waterfowl, cranes and some upland birds during the fall and winter months. There are no recreational sites on the management area.