Squaw Creek Park
Directions: From U.S. 151 in Cedar Rapids, take state hwy. 100 east 3.5 miles to the park's entrance, south side of highway.
Description: Squaw Creek Park is 663 acres of woodland, savannah-shrub, and grassland sections, along with a small marshy pond. One section recently substantially planted with saplings is bordered on three sides by pine stands. For this nomination Jim Durbin and Bill Scheible of Cedar Rapids were queried as to the IBA birds they felt were present two of the past five years at Squaw Creek. Durbin has particularly long experience at this park. Red-shouldered Hawk is an Endangered species named (I had specified that only one year's sighting was sufficient for this bird). High Conservation Priority birds include Broad-winged Hawk (annual in migration, including in my own short experience at the park), Black-billed Cuckoo, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo (same location four consecutive years through 2002), Bell’s Vireo (territorial bird, 2002), Veery in migration, Wood Thrush (annual), and Bobolink (1999-2002).
Criteria for this site
Endangered or threatened species habitat
High conservation priority
Habitats found in this site