Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Boise

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The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area has one of the densest populations of nesting raptors. The National Conservation Area (NCA) is located 35mi south of Boise, Idaho along 81mi of the Snake River, and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The NCA covers 484873acre. In descending order of land area it is located in Ada, Elmore, Owyhee, and Canyon counties.Section 2301 of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, section 2301 renamed the area as the Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in recognition of the contributions of Morley Nelson, a raptor expert and advocate and a leading proponent of the original creation of the National Conservation Area.About 14,000 years ago, as glaciers receded from the last ice age, the 20000sqmi Lake Bonneville crested at Red Rock Pass, Idaho, creating what is known as the Bonneville Flood. As soft soils eroded at the pass, the lake poured into the volcanic plain of the Snake River and its canyons. Today, visitors to the Snake River area can explore the house-size boulders, box canyons, and other evidence left behind by the tremendous flood. At Swan Falls (now Swan Falls Dam), peak discharge of the flood was an astounding 33 million cubic feet/second.
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  • The conservation area is a vast wilderness sandwiched between the Snake River and I-84 south of Boise. A lot of the area is rural prairie and farmland, but the rocky cliff walls of the Snake River Can...  more »
  • We were at the area in October, which is not the season to see birds of prey. The area is beautiful with a scenic view of the Snake River, and we can only imagine what it's like during the Spring bird...  more »
  • I wouldn't suggest going in the fall. Spring nesting time would be better. We drove all around and saw 2 birds and nothing else. We walked around at dedication point. The scenery was beautiful but sin...  more »

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