Important Bird Areas

Raccoon Creek Valley & State Park

Pennsylvania

Racoon Creek Valley covers parts of southern Beaver, western Allegheny, and northern Washington counties, habitat in the area is predominantly second and third-growth deciduous woodland, fields in advanced stages of succession, lakes, stream valleys and pine plantations. In Racoon Creek State Park, at the portion of the valley just west of Raccoon Lake, is a 300-acre wildflower reserve, located at the confluence of Traverse and Raccoon Creeks. A migratory flyway for songbirds, nearly all species of western Pennsylvania warblers and vireos can be seen annually. Raccoon Creek State Park is located in Beaver County, approximately 25 miles from Pittsburgh. The park has two small lakes: Raccoon Creek Lake is 101 acres, and another small lake, 4 acres in size. The park covers 7,323 acres.

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Ornithological Summary

The Raccoon Creek Valley covers approximately 100 square miles of land bordered by the Ohio River to the north, south to Rt. 22, west from the Pennsylvania/Ohio border, east to approximately Rt. 79. This large river bottom area is one of the last relatively undeveloped areas in the Pittsburgh region.The valley also acts to funnel migratory birds north and south. Waterfowl documented in this area include: Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Tufted Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Canvasback, and American Wigeon.

Conservation Issues

Intense development pressure is the primary threat to this habitat area. Residential housing, commercial and industrial development, and highway construction continue to move into this area from greater Pittsburgh. Land acquisition from land conservancies offers a possible solution. Expansion of Raccoon Creek State Park is possible but highly unlikely. Raccoon Creek State Park maintains a series of bluebird nesting boxes.

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