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Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge + Livermore Road

Baskett Slough NWR is one of three large Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges and sits in the west-central Willamette Valley, about 10 miles west of Salem, in Northwestern Polk County. Adjacent land along Livermore Road is also included in this IBA.

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Baskett Slough NWR is one of three large Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges and sits in the west-central Willamette Valley, about 10 miles west of Salem, in Northwestern Polk County. Adjacent land along Livermore Road is also included in this IBA.

Basket Slough NWR

Location: West-central Willamette Valley, about 10 miles west of Salem, in Northwestern Polk County.

Description: This national wildlife refuge was established in 1965 to provide winter habitat for Dusky Canada Geese, a subspecies that winters primarily in the Willamette Valley. Four other subspecies also regularly winter here. Oregon white oak woodland, oak savanna, and upland prairie provide habitat for other wildlife and rare native plants. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman).

Ornithological Highlights: Baskett Slough and nearby private lands provide habitat for one of the largest concentrations of the Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata), which is currently a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and is listed as critical on the Oregon sensitive species list. No formal surveys have been done on the refuge alone, but anecdotal information estimates a population of at least 10 breeding pairs. Together with adjacent private lands the breeding population easily exceeds 25 pairs. The entire population in the Willamette Valley is estimated to be less than 200 pairs. The refuge also supports a rare community of upland prairie and Oregon white oak woodland/oak savanna. Restored wetlands support concentrations of wintering waterfowl, and the mid-winter waterfowl survey detected 35,988 ducks, geese, and swans in 2001. The refuge regularly supports more than 100 shorebirds during spring and fall migrations. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman).

For more information on Baskett Slough NWR and Livermore Road IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Basket Slough NWR

Location: West-central Willamette Valley, about 10 miles west of Salem, in Northwestern Polk County.

Description: This national wildlife refuge was established in 1965 to provide winter habitat for Dusky Canada Geese, a subspecies that winters primarily in the Willamette Valley. Four other subspecies also regularly winter here. Oregon white oak woodland, oak savanna, and upland prairie provide habitat for other wildlife and rare native plants. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman).

Ornithological Highlights: Baskett Slough and nearby private lands provide habitat for one of the largest concentrations of the Streaked Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris strigata), which is currently a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and is listed as critical on the Oregon sensitive species list. No formal surveys have been done on the refuge alone, but anecdotal information estimates a population of at least 10 breeding pairs. Together with adjacent private lands the breeding population easily exceeds 25 pairs. The entire population in the Willamette Valley is estimated to be less than 200 pairs. The refuge also supports a rare community of upland prairie and Oregon white oak woodland/oak savanna. Restored wetlands support concentrations of wintering waterfowl, and the mid-winter waterfowl survey detected 35,988 ducks, geese, and swans in 2001. The refuge regularly supports more than 100 shorebirds during spring and fall migrations. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman).

For more information on Baskett Slough NWR and Livermore Road IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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