The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) was established by Congress in 1993 to preserve wildlife habitat and provide other compatible uses of the land. More than 700 pairs of raptors nest each spring along 81 miles of the Snake River Canyon. Cliffs tower to 700 feet above the Snake River, providing countless ledges, cracks and crevices for nesting raptors.
Photo Credit: Bob Wick
While the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is open year-round, the best time to visit is mid-March through June. In March watch for eagle flight displays; in May for chick feeding; and the first week of June for fledging of the young.
Photo Credit: Antonia Hedrick, BLM
Types of nesters include:
Photo Credit : Larry Ridenhour, BLM
- Prarie Falcons
- American Kestrel
- Golden Eagle
- Northern Harrier
- Western Screech-owls
- Red-tailed and ferruginous hawks
- Rufous Hummingbirds
- Rock and Canyon Wrens
- Loggerhead Shrike
The 485,000-acre Birds of Prey area encompasses these recreation sites:
Celebration Park Visitor Center
Idaho’s only archaeological park, with huge basalt melon gravel revealing petroglyphs 100 to 10,000 years old.
36 campsites with gravel pads, cabanas, fire rings, community water spigots, outhouses, garbage service, boat ramp and docks, and an RV dumpsite.
Dedication Point Overlook
Overlook 400 feet above the snake river and watch for raptors, sparrows, an so much more at the plateau.
Halverson Bar Trail System
A two-mile sandbar along the Snake River, two shallow lakes nestled below the rimrock and sand dunes, and miles of hiking trails.
Swan Falls Picnic Area
The oldest hydroelectric generating site on the Snake River, now operating as a museum for visitors.
Photo Credit: Bob Wick, BLM
Check out a detailed map and learn more about the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area here: www.blm.gov