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Peterson Air Force Base

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Colorado Springs, Colorado


Peterson Air Force Base (PAFB) provides operational support to the headquarters for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), United States Space Command (USSPACECOM), and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). The 21st Space Wing is the Air Force's organization responsible for providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. PAFB also provides support functions for Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. Major tenant units include the 302nd Airlift Wing (AF Reserve) and Space Systems Support Group.

Located near downtown Colorado Springs, PAFB is east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in rolling hills of shortgrass prairie rangeland. It's 1,278 acres are adjacent to the Municipal Airport. Approximately 184 acres of the installation are federally owned with the remaining land leased from the City. Prairie grassland, pine stands and cantonment plantings provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and birds. Streamside floodplain runoff and Silver Spruce Ponds provide water.

The CES/CEV Office sponsors biological surveys to provide natural resource planning and management information. A cooperative agreement is maintained with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to stock fish on Peterson Air Force Base. Military mission precludes public access to this facility. For access information, contact Natural Resources Manager; (719) 556-7707.



___Great Blue Heron                    

DUCKS ___Mallard ___Gadwall ___American Wigeon
HAWKS, EAGLES, AND KITES ___Northern Harrier ___Sharp-shinned Hawk ___Cooper's Hawk ___Swainson's Hawk ___Red-tailed Hawk ___Ferruginous Hawk ___Rough-legged Hawk ___Golden Eagle
FALCONS ___American Kestrel ___Prairie Falcon
RAILS AND COOTS ___American Coot
PLOVERS ___Killdeer
DOVES ___Rock Dove ___Mourning Dove
OWLS ___Great Horned Owl ___Short-eared Owl
NIGHTHAWKS AND NIGHTJARS ___Common Nighthawk ___Common Poorwill
HUMMINGBIRDS ___Broad-tailed Hummingbird
WOODPECKERS ___Northern Flicker
FLYCATCHERS ___Western Wood-Pewee ___Say's Phoebe ___Western Kingbird ___Eastern Kingbird
LARKS ___Horned Lark
SWALLOWS ___Tree Swallow ___Violet-green Swallow ___Northern Roughwinged Swallow ___Bank Swallow ___Cliff Swallow ___Barn Swallow
JAYS AND CROWS ___Steller's Jay ___Blue Jay ___Black-billed Magpie ___American Crow ___Common Raven
CHICKADEES AND TITMICE ___Black-capped Chickadee
NUTHATCHES ___White-breastd Nuthatch
THRUSHES ___Ruby-crowned Kinglet ___Western Bluebird ___American Robin ___Gray Catbird
STARLINGS ___European Starling
WARBLERS ___Yellow-rumped Warbler ___Orange-crowned Warbler ___Common Yellowthroat
GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS, AND SPARROWS ___Spotted Towhee ___Chipping Sparrow ___Vesper Sparrow ___Lark Sparrow ___Lark Bunting ___Savannah Sparrow ___Grasshopper Sparrow ___Song Sparrow ___Dark-eyed Junco
BLACKBIRDS AND ORIOLES ___Red-winged Blackbird ___Western Meadowlark ___Brewer's Blackbird ___Common Grackle ___Brown-headed Cowbird
FINCHES ___House Finch ___American Goldfinch


The United States Air Force has the responsibility of managing more than nine million acres of valuable public lands. To ensure success, the Air Force has developed a network of dedicated professionals who work in coordination with local, regional and national authorities. Their challenge is to find a balance in requirements for military mission, security and environmental habitat protection. This effort requires the cooperation and support of the Air Force and its neighbors. The primary goal is to guarantee the quality of public lands under Air Force stewardship.

Conservation programs on Air Force bases include fish and wildlife conservation, forestry, agricultural land lease, habitat management and outdoor recreation. Air Force Resource Managers and nearby communities, working together, have made great strides in fostering environmental awareness through education and cooperation.

The Air Force supports partnerships with many resource groups; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Ducks Unlimited, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and the National Watchable Wildlife program. You are invited to visit Air Force lands. Come see how we are doing with our part of America.

The U.S. Air Force and Partners in Flight are cooperating on an international program to promote conservation of Neotropical migratory birds. For information, visit, or call Department of Defense Partners in Flight at 540-253-5675.
This resource is based on the following source:
Department of Defense Partners in Flight. No date. Wildlife of Peterson AFB,
     Colorado. Department of Defense Partners in Flight.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Department of Defense Partners in Flight. No date. Wildlife of Peterson AFB, 
     Colorado. Department of Defense Partners in Flight.  Unpaginated.
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.         
     (Version 18JUL00)

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