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Forest noted as 'globally important bird area'

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HARPER'S FERRY, Iowa (AP) - Officials and bird lovers will gather later this month in northeast Iowa to officially designate the state's first "globally important bird area."

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the Effigy Mounds-Yellow River Forest Bird Conservation Area will receive the designation May 31. The area includes 135,000 acres along the Mississippi River in Allamakee and Clayton counties.

Much of the credit for the designation goes to Jon "Hawk Man" Stravers, who has spent years documenting that habitat and birds in the conservation area. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources calls it the "largest unfragmented forest remaining in Iowa."

The designation comes from Great Britain-based BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society. It's intended to help protect at-risk birds.

The Iowa DNR says it will help ensure effective management of the woodlands.

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