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Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is a group of wetlands, marshes, and prairies totaling over 6,000 acres in northeast Oregon.

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Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is a group of wetlands, marshes, and prairies totaling over 6,000 acres in northeast Oregon.

Location: Roughly 5 miles southeast of La Grande in central Union County, in the southwest Grande Ronde Valley.

Description: This 6,020-acre Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife property is one of the largest remaining wetlands in NE Oregon.  It includes a variety of wetland types (open water, emergent wetland, scrub shrub, wet meadow) as well as prairie grassland, upland shrub and conifer habitats.

Ornithological Highlights: During spring migration 15,000 to 20,000 ducks and geese are typically present including hundreds of Greater White-fronted Goose and small numbers of Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose. During June and July Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets nest on the area making it one of the only sites in northeast Oregon where these shorebirds nest. The area also hosts nesting Black-crowned Night-Herons, Sandhill Cranes and Long-billed Curlews.  Access to the area is limited, but several county roads offer good viewing, especially with a spotting scope.

For more information on Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the national IBA database.

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Location: Roughly 5 miles southeast of La Grande in central Union County, in the southwest Grande Ronde Valley.

Description: This 6,020-acre Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife property is one of the largest remaining wetlands in NE Oregon.  It includes a variety of wetland types (open water, emergent wetland, scrub shrub, wet meadow) as well as prairie grassland, upland shrub and conifer habitats.

Ornithological Highlights: During spring migration 15,000 to 20,000 ducks and geese are typically present including hundreds of Greater White-fronted Goose and small numbers of Snow Goose and Ross’s Goose. During June and July Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets nest on the area making it one of the only sites in northeast Oregon where these shorebirds nest. The area also hosts nesting Black-crowned Night-Herons, Sandhill Cranes and Long-billed Curlews.  Access to the area is limited, but several county roads offer good viewing, especially with a spotting scope.

For more information on Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the national IBA database.

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