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Mud Slough

440-acre parcel located in the Willamette Valley west of Salem, approximately 2.5 acres west of Rickreall.

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440-acre parcel located in the Willamette Valley west of Salem, approximately 2.5 acres west of Rickreall.

Location: A privately-owned 440-acre parcel in the Willamette Valley west of Salem, approximately 2.5 acres west of Rickreall.

Description: This wetland complex features a range of diverse shallow water habitats and vegetation from small native sedges to cattails and rushes, willow patches, restored native prairie, and a single deeper pond. 335 acres are held in a Wetland Reserve Program, and 106.25 acres are held in a Willamette Valley Mitigation Bank. In 2005, a Conservation and Management Plan was written for the property, and outlines continued management of the site for a diversity of habitats and associated wildlife. The wetland area extends about 1.5 miles south from Farmer Road and roughly 0.5 miles east from the railroad tracks.

Ornithological Highlights: Hundreds of shorebirds use the area during spring and fall migration and throughout winter.  Primary migrant species are Western Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, and Long-billed Dowitcher. Primary winter species are Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, and Long-billed Dowitcher.  Breeding marsh birds include Sora, Virginia Rail, American Bittern. Rare breeders include Wilson's Phalarope and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

For more information on Mud Slough IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: A privately-owned 440-acre parcel in the Willamette Valley west of Salem, approximately 2.5 acres west of Rickreall.

Description: This wetland complex features a range of diverse shallow water habitats and vegetation from small native sedges to cattails and rushes, willow patches, restored native prairie, and a single deeper pond. 335 acres are held in a Wetland Reserve Program, and 106.25 acres are held in a Willamette Valley Mitigation Bank. In 2005, a Conservation and Management Plan was written for the property, and outlines continued management of the site for a diversity of habitats and associated wildlife. The wetland area extends about 1.5 miles south from Farmer Road and roughly 0.5 miles east from the railroad tracks.

Ornithological Highlights: Hundreds of shorebirds use the area during spring and fall migration and throughout winter.  Primary migrant species are Western Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, and Long-billed Dowitcher. Primary winter species are Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, and Long-billed Dowitcher.  Breeding marsh birds include Sora, Virginia Rail, American Bittern. Rare breeders include Wilson's Phalarope and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

For more information on Mud Slough IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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