Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
Located relatively close to Boise, Idaho, right along the stunning Snake River, this National Conservation Area is a great destination in itself, or a fun stop on an amazing vacation. This Conservation Area and the Snake River are prime examples of why Idaho is one of the northwest United States' great destinations, perhaps lesser known than Montana, but equally filled with destinations of interest. In a region full of vast natural beauty, this Conservation Area stands out.
The conservation area is part of the Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System, so it is different than National Parks and Forests. The area was established relatively recently, in 1993, and, as its name suggests, was created in order to protect a unique concentration of birds of prey. Within the vast acreage of this Conservation Area there are both nesting and migrating birds of prey. The species prevalent here include eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls, with a grand total of 24 species of raptors in the area.
For visitors hoping to enjoy some bird-of-prey watching, spring is the best time to visit. If you do go to the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area with the intention of bird watching, you will have to be patient and get up early in the morning to catch a glimpse of these magnificent birds.
The area was created as a sanctuary and preservation area for the native birds of prey to live in their natural environment. They are not on display like they are in the zoo. Bird-watchers will find that camping is the best way to see the most birds possible.
Recreational opportunities abound in the area. Visitors can enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting. The Conservation Area has plenty of trails, a boat ramp, and even historical sites, exhibits, and displays for visitors. The rural nature of the area also allows for a much wider variety of wildlife viewing far beyond the bird watching.