GEAS was the initiating force behind the creation of Blacks Creek Bird Reserve, an Audubon Important Bird Area. Blacks Creek Reservoir and the nearly 600 acres surrounding it serve as crucial habitat for over 150 bird species, but was misused and treated as a dumping ground for years. In 2007, GEAS began clean-up events and began forming partnerships to begin the process of protecting this unique place. After years of work the Reserve was officially dedicated on Earth Day in 2013. Blacks Creek Bird Reserve is now protected from further habitat degradation and efforts are underway to take further important restoration activities. Blacks Creek, thanks to GEAS, our many partners (listed below), and the Boise community, will now be a place for both birds and people to enjoy for generations to come!
The site is now accessible by foot and horseback, through trails and designated parking lots. In all this effort secured over $35,000 in grants, thousands of dollars of in-kind contributions, and hundreds of hours of volunteer time.
Blacks Creek is located 10 miles east of Boise, south of the freeway, off Kuna-Mora Road.
Blacks Creek Bird Reserve Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Ada County Sheriff's Department, Pleasant Valley Irrigation District, Nicholson Family Ranch, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Intermountain Bird Observatory, Cub Scout Pack 43, and the Idaho Wildlife Federation.