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St. Croix River - Greater Wild River IBA

This IBA includes all land within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Wild River State Park, and Lion's Park.

This IBA supports an exceptional diversity of bird species. More than 201 have been recorded, including Trumpeter swans, geese, ducks, pheasants, grouse, turkeys, hawks, owls, Bald eagles, osprey, cuckoos, woodpeckers, buntings, nuthatches, thrushes, 28 species of neotropical warblers, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows, Indigo buntings, and ravens. At least 130 of these have the potential to breed here.

This site recorded 25 records of Red-shouldered hawks and represents the largest lowland concentration of Red-shouldered hawks in Minnesota. Pairs of Louisiana waterthrush can be found along every significant flowage, and significant numbers of wintering Trumpeter swans use this IBA.

Located in Chisago County, this IBA can be accessed by boat or by car, generally from Chisago County Road 12, Chisago County Road 16 (known also as Wild Mountain Road), or Chisago County Highway 9.