Whitewater Valley IBA
The Whitewater Valley IBA covers over 46,000 acres and is an ecological gem in southeastern Minnesota. A total of 242 species use the valley for migration and breeding including 25 species of waterfowl, 22 species of shorebirds, 31 species of warblers and 17 species of sparrows. Sandhill cranes and Bald eagles nest within the area, and more than 100 Bald eagles use the valley as a migration stop-over site or winter roost site. Red-shouldered hawk, Cerulean warbler, Acadian flycatcher and Louisiana waterthrush are species of concern that have been recorded in this IBA.