Hayden Prairie State Preserve
Directions: North-central Howard County, 5 mi. north of
hiway 9 on V26.
Description: Category 1: Northern Harrier nests at Hayden Prairie. Most recently, a male and a female were observed in close association in May of 2002.
Category 2: Also regularly present are American Woodcock, Grassshopper Sparrow, and Bobolink.
Category 3: The Hayden Prairie is a small remnant (~240 acres) of rare, original Iowa prairie. At least 149 species of native prairie plants have been found there.
Criteria for this site
Endangered or threatened species habitat
High conservation priority
Rare or unique habitat
Habitats found in this site