The Palo Verde Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,900 acre property. The subject topography is generally flat and has sandbar cottonwood, willow and mesquite riparian habitat along the eastern edge of the river. Prominent species include the southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, Gila woodpecker, Gilder flicker, Yuma clapper rail, California black rail, bonytail chub, razorback sucker and the desert tortoise.
The property was largely active farmland and has been placed into permanent habitat. The purpose of this project is to protect riparian habitat supporting threatened and endangered species, and protect an important linkage from the Colorado River to the Colorado Desert. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2007.
For more information, call the Blythe field office at (760) 922-9189.