How Colorado's Unique Geographic Status Enriches Its Wildlife

Although it seems like such a quiet planet, Earth has actually been pretty restless for all of its life, constantly shifting and eroding and changing its geographical makeup via tectonic shifts, volcanic explosions, earthquakes and even rainfall.

All this restlessness, however, has given way for naturally stunning landscapes and geographical locations that are rich in diversity when it comes to both flora and fauna. Sure, the process was chaotic but the end result is breathtaking.

One such example is the state of Colorado, which actually became a part of the U.S. after the country bought Louisiana from France. Before that, the state was merely an unidentified portion of the district of Louisiana, but was already rich in wildlife. However, people soon settled in its rich land and soon became the state it is today after just 15 years of being a part of Louisiana.

Now, it’s the 10th largest of the states, and is nevertheless known for its very unique geographic placement. For one thing, it’s landlocked and doesn’t have a coastline. What it does have is a sprawling landscape that encompasses three landforms, namely the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau and the Great Plains. As a result, Colorado’s borders has biological north, east, west and south all come together. This makes the state’s natural flora and fauna flourish wonderfully despite having no oceanic coastline.

For one thing, Colorado is the only state to have that much number of large mammals that live alongside large carnivores, such as horned cattle and antlered deer. Furthermore, the state also hosts just two species shy of half of the world’s entire grouse species, making it a premier spot for bird enthusiasts and bird watchers.

It also grows a lot of yuccas, cacti, ferns and orchids, hosting about 500 species of flowering plant families, as well as a wonderful offering of wildlife.

All in all, the state has around 15 national parks, 12 national forests, 41 state parks, historical and recreational sites and about 350 state wildlife areas, marking it as one of the best states in the U.S. if you’re into wildlife conservation and such.

mountain-91385_1920 The Colorado mountains, filled with rich flora and fauna. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)