Camp Ripley-Pillsbury-Lake Alexander Important Bird Area
The Camp Ripley-Pillsbury-Lake Alexander IBA is located in central Minnesota within Morrison, Cass and Crow Wing counties. The Mississippi, Crow Wing and Gull rivers are significant water features within the landscape. This IBA encompasses an area of 155,432 acres. Public land areas within this IBA include Camp Ripley Military Reservation, Crow Wing and Cass county lands, Pillsbury State Forest, Crow Wing State Park, the eastern portion of Meadowbrook Wildlife Management Area, the Little Nokasippi River State Wildlife Management Area and Lake Alexander Woods Scientific & Natural Area. The Nature Conservancy and Minnesota Power & Light also own land within the boundaries of this IBA. This IBA supports the greatest known concentration of nesting Red-shouldered Hawks in the state. In addition, 228 species of birds have been documented at Camp Ripley including 28 species of warblers, including the most northerly site of the Hooded Warbler. Other species of concern found within this IBA include the Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, Yellow Rail, and Louisiana Waterthrush.