A registered National Conservation Area is dedicated to bird watching since a great concentration of nesting birds are found in the area.
The canyon landscape of the Snake River provides a safe natural habitat for a variety of birds with cliffs that measure over 700 feet high. There are warm water drafts from the Snake River that provide the perfect habitat for birds. A very high concentration of birds has been documented here, and it is considered the largest concentration in the country - and possibly even the world. Over 800 birds can be found within the ledges, crevices, and cavities of the canyon rock. Birds include hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and many more. These majestic birds come each spring to mate and raise young. Due to the high concentration of birds, over 484,000 acres of public land along the river are registered as a National Conservation Area. It is one of the few in the nation.
The conservation is located in Murphy, Idaho, near Boise. Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area was established in 1993 by congress. Many avid bird watchers have come to the area to patiently seek out and study the birds. Many are passionately driven to protect the birds and their ecosystems, as well. Bird watchers have been coming to document the birds and the habitat since the early 1940s, and they continue to come today. Researchers have mapped out points of interest along driving loops and hiking trails. The Driving Loop Tour is popular for many and they can be completed in under 4 hours, however, many plan a day trip to enjoy the stunning views and to see all of the abundant wildlife. The tour starts at the Kuna Visitor Center, which is found within NCA. The Visitor Center is a great resource, as it provides scenic maps and helpful information for all visitors. Remember to keep a distance and don’t forget the binoculars.