The public is invited to help celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 20, with the dedication of Blacks Creek Bird Reserve, a valuable wetlands-sage area 10 miles southeast of Boise.
A clean-up will start at 10 a.m. at the reserve with the dedication starting at 2 p.m.
Blacks Creek Reserve is 620 acres, which provide habitat for more than 150 species of birds, many using the area as a stop-over during annual migrations.
In 1995, the National Audubon Society and Idaho Department of Fish and Game designated Blacks Creek Bird Reserve as an Important Bird Area. Learn more about Blacks Creek Bird Reserve HERE
From 2008 to 2011, Golden Eagle Audubon Society and several other groups secured grants of nearly $35,000 from Together Green, the National Audubon Society and others to start protecting and restoring the area.
Together Green (togethergreen.org) is the name of a conservation alliance formed between National Audubon Society and Toyota Motor Company.
As a result of the funding and thousands of hours of volunteer work, Blacks Creek now offers controlled vehicle access to the reservoir area, with hiking trails, managed visitor parking with graveled parking lots and new information kiosks.
Over the past five years, the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Ada County Sheriff’s Department, Together Green, Job Corp, Ada County Landfill, off-highway vehicle clubs, local scouting groups, the Pleasant Valley Irrigation District, private landowners and other interested members of the public have supported and funded the preservation efforts. They have hosted several clean-up activities, filling huge dumpsters with trash.
Car pools will form at 9 a.m. at the MK Nature Center parking lot, 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise, for anyone who would like a ride to the clean-up and dedication.
Getting to Blacks Creek: Take I-84 east to Blacks Creek exit and turn right at stop sign; drive about 3 miles east on Kuna-Mora Road and look for information signs on your right.