The GGC Landscape encompasses 48,800 acres, privately owned by four landowners, most of which is intact Eastern sandhills prairie along with two creeks, several ponds/lakes, and a network of wet meadows. The combination of this site with the adjacent Calamus Recreation Area IBA will offer a broad diversity of protected habitats required to support the rich and abundant avifauna of the region. Restoration of previously cultivated land to native plant cover is also taking place, including transplantation of federally endangered blowout penstemon stands.

Ornithological Summary

The site supports species of significant concern that regularly occur in significant breeding densities: greater prairie-chicken, upland sandpiper, burrowing owl, grasshopper sparrow, and bobolink. Frequency of summer observations at nearby BBC sites also suggests the area may harbor significant breeding densities of several other species of concern, such as Northern harrier, Swainson's hawk, loggerhead shrike, Bell's vireo, red-headed woodpecker, dickcissel, lark bunting, and swamp sparrow.

The aquatic habitats of the site support large concentrations of birds: according to BBS data, at least 27 species of waterfowl, 11 shorebird species, and several kinds of waders, and gulls and terns. Hundreds of bald eagles inhabit the area, jointly with Calamus SRA, during winter and early spring. Twenty-two species of raptors have been recorded in the landscape and nearby BBS sites.

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