Allen Severson Wildlife Area is a great destination location to see waterbirds and other waterfowl in the state of Arizona.
Created in 1979 in cooperation with USFS, City of Show Low and AZGFD, Allen Severson Wildlife Area consists of two small artificial marshes, supplied with secondary treated effluent from the city of Show Low, including Pintail Lake and South Marsh. Pintail consists of three ponds with 14 nesting islands, while South Marsh is a resting and feeding area. A paved footpath extends from the parking lot approximately 250 yards to a concrete wildlife viewing blind. Interpretive signs can be found along the path and inside the blind.
Allen Severson Wildlife Area is located 4.5 miles north of Show Low in Navajo County.
The uplands are primarily composed of pinyon-juniper woodland. Paper-spined cactus occurs in the area.
The marsh attracts many species of waterfowl, with several hundred utilizing the area during the spring migration period. Other birds commonly seen or heard in the spring and summer include Virginia rail, Sora, yellow-winged blackbirds and American coots. Peregrine falcons often are observed in the spring pursuing ducks.
Common mammals in the area include elk, mule deer and pronghorn.
Allen Severson Wildlife Area’s management emphasis is to maintain a marsh ecosystem utilizing treated effluent, primarily for nesting, feeding and resting of waterfowl and other wetland and riparian associated birds and terrestrial wildlife species. Emphasis is also placed on providing hunting and educational opportunities for the public. Future management will focus upon water quality and expansion of flows to reach full marsh capacity.
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