Riparian systems occur along rivers and streams that periodically crest their channel confines, causing flooding. They are also in evidence in places in which a meandering channel creates new sites for plant life to take root and grow. The soils and amount of moisture they contain are influenced by the adjacent stream or river. The riparian zone is valuable to animals as a refuge, as an abundant source of water, and as a corridor for migration.

Birds that live here: American Widgeon, Bald Eagle, Gadwall, Belted Kingfisher