BOISE, Idaho – The public is invited to help celebrate Earth Day, April 20, with the dedication of Blacks Creek Bird Reserve, a Jewel of the Treasure Valley. A clean-up will be held at the Reserve beginning at 10:00 a.m., and the dedication is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Blacks Creek Reserve is located a short 10 miles southeast of Boise. The Reserve is comprised of 620 acres, providing 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 (NAS) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game designated Blacks Creek Bird Reserve as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Learn more about Blacks Creek Bird Reserve: http://www.blackscreekbirdreserve.site90.net/.
Local dignitaries representing some of the partners who have helped refurbish this jewel will be speaking at the 2:00 p.m. dedication on about completion of a vision by hundreds of volunteers to clean up and protect this jewel at the east entrance to the City of Boise.
From 2008 to 2011, Golden Eagle Audubon Society and several partners secured grants of nearly $35,000 from Together Green, NAS and others for the purpose of initiating protections and restorations to the neglected IBA. Together Green (http://www.togethergreen.org/) is the name of a conservation alliance formed between National Audubon Society and Toyota Motor Company.
As a result of this 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, 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 are forming at the MK Nature Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, for anyone who would like a ride to the clean-up and dedication. The MK Nature Center is located at 600 S. Walnut Street in Boise.
DIRECTIONS to Blacks Creek: Take I-84 east to Blacks Creek exit; exit Interstate and turn right at stop sign; drive approx. three miles east on Kuna-Mora Road and look for information signs on your right.