Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey
Brochure of Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) in Idaho. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
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SoarOver brochure.indd 1 Photography: Rough-legged Hawk, ©Rob Palmer For more information: Bureau of Land Management Boise District Office 3948 Development Av. Boise ID 83705 208-384-3300 A full color Visitor’s Guide is available at Bureau of Land Management offices in Boise. Visit our website: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/prog/ blm_special_areas/birds_of_prey_nca/ SRBOP-gateway.html Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Over 700 pairs, representing 16 raptor species, return here each spring to mate and raise their young. Although raptors are unusually abundant in the NCA, they are solitary animals and can be difficult to observe. Visitors with patience and time are often rewarded with nature’s high flying display. SOAR ON OVER The largest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America, and perhaps the world, occurs in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). The steep, craggy cliffs of the Snake River canyon, thermal updrafts, and a broad plateau rich in ground squirrels and jackrabbits make this a place like no other for raptors. ...for a high-flying display 3/21/2012 2:11:22 PM Cloverdale Road Meridian Road Nampa Go wa nR oa d Hollilynn Dr. World Center for Birds of Prey Ten Mile Creek Rd. Kuna Visitor Center Robinson Road Southside Boulevard 45 Kuna Poen Rd. Baseline Rd. Hill Road CanAda Rd. Melba Rd. McDermott Rd. Rd er Si nk Initial Point North ACCESS MAP to the western portion Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Rd. . Warren Spur Swan Falls Road Melba Victory Lane Victory Lane access routes Celebration Park Guffey Butte sin R d. Dedication Point gravel/dirt road Ba NCA Boundary She a 78 Kuna-Mora Rd. Kuna Cave Rd. Nicholson Rd. Ferry Rd Kuna Rd. NCA Boundary Dickman Rd. Walter's Ferry Boat Ramp Cole Road 12th Avenue Road Kuna Road Melmont Road Remember • Carry plenty of water • Fill your gas tank before entering the NCA • Stay on established roads and trails • Observe and follow shooting regulations • Use only improved campsites with fire rings for open campfires • Pack out everything you pack in Cole Road Exit 44 Broadway Ave I-84 Wildlife Viewing Tips • Carry binoculars • Observe wildlife from a distance • View raptors during spring when they’re more abundant • View wildlife during the early mornings and late afternoons Other Recreational Opportunities • Hiking • Horseback riding • Fishing • Boating • Camping Boise Meridian Pleasant Valley Road The Loop Tour Allow 3 to 4 hours to follow the highlighted loop tour to these popular destinations: • Initial Point—Idaho’s geographic survey reference point • Dedication Point—an impressive view of the Snake River Canyon • Swan Falls Dam—picnic area and historic dam • Celebration Park—fascinating archaeological and cultural history n Co Swan Falls Dam Photography: Osprey, ©John Tobin SoarOver brochure.indd 2 BLM/ID/GI-12/002+1220 3/21/2012 2:11:23 PM