About the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Stewarded by Snake River Raptor Volunteers

The Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area was established by Congress in 1993 to provide for the conservation, protection and enhancement of raptor populations and habitats. The NCA contains nearly 485,000 acres, along 81 miles of the Snake River in southwest Idaho and is biologically significant due to a unique combination of climate, geology, soils, and vegetation that has created a complex ecosystem where raptors and their prey occur naturally in extraordinary numbers. The area provides habitat for the largest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America, and perhaps in the world. More than 800 pairs of falcons, eagles, hawks and owls gather each spring to mate and raise their young. In addition to raptors, badgers occur in extraordinary numbers and the area is host to one of the world’s largest concentration of badgers.

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