The area of northwestern Missouri containing the Poosey Conservation Area (CA) IBA was historically a mixture of ridge-top prairie and valleys of woodland and forest (Nigh and Schroeder 2002). Today, Poosey CA reflects the original character of that landscape of prairie, woodland, and forest. Water impoundments also occur on the area. The IBA is encompassed by the Missouri Department of Conversation's (MDC) Poosey CA.
Poosey CA provides a great diversity of grassland, wooded, and aquatic habitats for migrant and breeding landbirds. These include: Bell?s Vireo, Henslow?s Sparrow, Kentucky Warbler, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, and Wood Thrush (Palmer and Palmer 2001). Long and Short-eared Owl and Northern Harrier may be found there during winter, and Northern Harrier have nested in the vicinity during recent years.
Poosey CA has been expanded in recent years through the acquisition of nearby tracts of land, and the area is relatively secure. Hunting and horseback riding are popular on the area.