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Ledges State Park

State IBA

Boone County  

Directions:  Located about 4 miles south of Boone on the east side of the Des Moines River. Take highway 17 south from highway 30 (east of Boone) 3 miles to E-52 and then 3 miles west to the park entrance.

Description:  Ledges State Park supports a rich diversity of woodland nesting species. Besides species typical of much of Iowa, many species more typical of areas further south and east (e.g., Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler) are also found here. Other species that typically nest here include American Woodcock, Whip-poor-will, Wood Thrush, Veery, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated Warbler. Overall it has perhaps the greatest diversity of nesting bird species of any site in central Iowa. The park is one of the best examples of a band of upland and floodplain timber that extends along the Des Moines from Des Moines to Fort Dodge. A wide variety of species also pass through Ledges during both spring and fall migrations.

Criteria for this site
Endangered or threatened species habitat
High conservation priority
Rare or unique habitat
Significant species concentrations


Habitats found in this site
Woodland
Savanna/Shrub
Riparian


Ownership
State


Ledges State Park





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