The Hixon-Sharptail Preserve is a 379-acre preserve that was created by The Nature Conservancy, in cooperation with the BLM, to safeguard dancing grounds and nesting habitat for the rare Columbian sharp-tailed grouse. In addition to the preserve, this IBA includes an additional 5,600 acres that is under the protection of TNC as well as 21,400 acres that are part of a BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Rolling, broken terrain dissected by Mann, Sage and Keithly Creeks supports the largest population of sharp-tailed grouse left in west-central Idaho.

Ornithological Summary

The preserve itself was set aside for the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, a rare species that lives in the lush grasslands and hills of Southwestern Idaho. Swainson?s hawks and other grassland and shrubland species can also be found here.

Conservation Issues

Drought in the area is a definite problem at this IBA. Predation and disturbance of the birds are also potential issues. However, with the establishment of the preserve, disturbance is likely kept to a minimum.


Sagebrush primarily, with secondary habitat types including grassland, riparian, and mountain brush.

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