Mink Creek and Cherry Springs Nature Area is situated in the riparian corridor of Mink Creek. Prominent vegetation includes willow and dogwood thickets, hawthorn and chokecherry. Several large cottonwood trees can also be found in the drainage. Higher elevation sites along Mink Creek are flanked by aspen communities, while lower elevation riparian areas are flanked by juniper and sagebrush uplands. The east fork of Mink Creek is bordered by Douglas fir at the upper elevations. This mixture of vegetation cover types and ecotones provide for a variety of avian species.

Ornithological Summary

There are at least 120 species documented at this site, including multiple passerines, grouse, and raptors. The majority (83%) of the species found at this site also breed here, including 7 species of warblers.

Conservation Issues

Balancing recreational activities and domestic livestock grazing is a bit of an issue at this site. And the pressures of both recreation and grazing have an effect on the ability to maintain healthy riparian areas. There are multiple projects in progress, or are proposed, to help deal with these issues. Examples include installation of interpretive signs, rehabilitation of sagebrush and riparian areas that have been impacted, removal of noxious weeds, and maintenance of trails.

Habitat

Prominent vegetation includes willow and dogwood thickets, hawthorn and chokecherry. Several large cottonwood trees are found in the drainage. Higher elevation sites along Mink Creek are flanked by aspen communities. Lower elevation riparian areas are flanked by juniper and sagebrush uplands. The east fork of Mink Creek is flanked by Douglas fir at the upper elevations.

Land Use

Popular site for family/group picnics and some camping (undeveloped). Cherry Spring Nature Area is used as an outdoor classroom for grade school through college age groups. Portneuf Audubon Society holds an annual birding breakfast event.

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