Important Bird Areas

Tieton River Corridor

Washington

Ornithological Summary

The corridor is primarily mixed conifer forest, with ponderosa pine on the lower slopes, grading into shrub-steppe. In the lower reaches of the canyon are extensive stands of Oregon white oak. Basalt cliffs in the middle reaches of the canyon provide nesting sites for falcons and Golden Eagles, and the alder thickets along the southern shore of Rimrock Lake support a high diversity and abundance of songbirds. At least 11 species of woodpeckers are found in this area; the sub-alpine forests near White Pass support three species of sapsuckers in close proximity. The diverse forests in the corridor support up to 16 species of raptors during the breeding season.