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Matsell Bridge Natural Area

Potential IBA

Linn County  

Directions:  From Viola go north on Matsell Ln., Stone City Rd., and then Matsell Park Rd., all generally northbound and continuous. Various entrances are along the way.

Description:  Matsell Bridge N.A. contains 1624 acres along the Wapsipinicon River, including oak and pine forest and a prairie extension. Jim Durbin reports that Henslow's Sparrow was found here in 2002, and James Forde reports Henslow's Sparrow for 2001. Also named here has been Pileated Woodpecker. There are unfortunately virtually no recent bird data for the area published in Iowa Bird Life or found in past on-line RBAs. Although the data in the Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas (1996) are earlier than is required of the IBA criteria, IBA High Conservation Priority birds noted there for Matsell Bridge include: American Woodcock, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo, Bell's Vireo, and Yellow-breasted Chat as “Probable”; and Long-eared Owl (Threatened), Veery, Wood Thrush, Kentucky Warbler, and Bobolink as “Possible.” I myself can at least attest to two adult Broad-winged Hawks seen perched together in early July 2002 as well as a Wood Thrush sighting.

Criteria for this site
Endangered or threatened species habitat
High conservation priority

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