Vertical cliffs rising 250-300 feet. Perennial water in all canyons at least 21-24 active raptor nests within 4-square mile area. Nurmerous springs and seeps exsist as well. Rim Rocks have high paleo. Value (Smithsonian) fro prehistoric bird fossils. Much of the raptor nesting habitat is on public lands (BLM).
Canyon Creek contains significant concentrations of raptors
Raptor densities nearly equals and in some areas exceeds that of the Snake River Birds of Prey area in Idaho. A wide variety of raptor species are present during nesting and post fledging including: Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. This area has little development conflicts at present.
Ranching and livestock grazing has little effect on the raptor nesting. Irrigation and haying also has little effect on nesting. Poor understanding of irrigation hydrology has led to significant land erosion and head cutting of Canyon Creek Private lands.
BLM: 5,176 acres
State: 96 acres
Private: 680 acres
Total: 5,952 acres
The site contains narrow canyons, some with vertical cliff walls rising 250-300 feet above the canyon floors and others with rim rock habitats. Perrenial streams are present in all of the canyons and there are numerous springs and seeps. Due to the steep canyon and cliff/rock habitats, a wide variety of raptor species are present during nesting and post fledgling periods and there are at least 35-40 active raptor nests within the Canyon Creek IBA.