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Cedar Hills Sand Prairie and adjoining drainage

Potential IBA

Black Hawk County  

Directions:  Take State Highway 57 west out of Cedar Falls to T75. Go north on T75 you intersect County Highway C67. At this intersection is the where this drainage area nears the Cedar River. Located here is a turnoff to Falls Access and Beaver Valley Wetlands both owned and managed by Black Hawk County. Take C67 to the West 2-1/2 miles and take the gravel road north about 1 mile, Cedar Hills Sand Prairie (a Nature Conservancy area) is on the east side of the road.

Description:  This is a small remnant native prairie (Cedar Hills Sand Prairie) American Woodcock, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark are found on this site. This is the start of a drainage that flows through private property to a private hunt club at a small lake called Swan Lake and continues to the Beaver Valley Wetland and Falls Access (both Black Hawk County Conservation areas). This is where the Brant was found on the Christmas Count in Dec. 2001. Lots of waterfowl stage here and some do nest here.

Criteria for this site
High conservation priority
Rare or unique habitat


Habitats found in this site
Wetland
Woodland
Grassland
Savanna/Shrub


Ownership
Private
County
Non-governmental conservation agency; i.e., The Nature Conservancy, Natural Heritage Foundation








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