Owl Prowls

Easy: Plan for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls. Your Trip Leader will discuss owl behavior and identification and lead a walk to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Possible sighting of Northern Saw-whets and listening to Western Screech will be the targets. Please bring flashlight if possible.

Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Easy:  Meet some of the best experts in the area and learn all about the intricacies of the Idaho State bird, the Mountain Bluebird, its habitat and nesting parameters, how to build ideal nesting boxes, and the immense rewards of monitoring a bluebird trail, the excitement of counting eggs and fledglings, the enrichment of supporting a species.

Follow the experts into the mountain bluebird trails and learn to monitor the nests, count eggs and fledglings!

This is an excursion field trip into the Camas Prairie foothills.

 

Bird Watching 102 at Thousand Springs

Easy: This tour is designed for people who want to look a little longer at a particular bird, rather than racing off to add another bird to this list. The afternoon trip will explore the trails and areas on the mainland portion Thousand Springs Park that is adjacent to Ritter Island. This trip will involve some scrambling over uneven terrain which could, depending upon the weather, a little wet or muddy.

Sandhill Crane Observation Tour

Easy: Enjoy hundreds of Sandhill Cranes flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Sandhill Cranes will be the focus of our tour as they may be observed north of Bliss under most but not all conditions; however, we will also scout for other birds that use the area during spring migration or arriving to nesting grounds. You don’t have to be a serious birdwatcher to be awed by the sight of hundreds of Sandhill cranes. The bugling calls carry more than a mile. Auto Caravan, scope provided, photography opportunities, easy walking.

 

Sunrise Birding: Owsley Bridge & Snake River Trail

Moderate:  Explore sunrise birding!   An excellent opportunity to watch, listen and learn about our migrant species. This early morning walk is an excellent introduction to the birds of the region.

The early hours of the day are perfect for practicing birding by ear. Not only are birds actively singing near sunrise, but they often do so from exposed, visible perches, offering exceptional views and photography opportunities in the exceptional morning light. Because the chorus is most prevalent in spring, many of the singers are also in their bright breeding plumage, making identification even easier. Getting up to enjoy the dawn chorus can be an experience many birders eagerly anticipate. Target birds:  Lazuli Bunting, MacGillivary’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak, and many more. Bird friendly coffee and light continental breakfast items will be made available. Please bring your own cup, water and a snack for the walk.  This walk is rated moderate due to unleveled terrain and proximity to falls.

 

“Birding by Ear” at Hagerman WMA

Easy/Moderate: The Hagerman WMA, Idaho’s first WMA, was established principally to provide habitat for waterfowl and upland game birds, in 1940.  Today it includes 880 acres devoted to wildlife habitat.  Riley Creek, Tucker Springs, and Anderson Ponds(1-4), the Bass  Ponds, Goose Pond, and Riley Creek Ponds  and the extensive interior trail system provides the opportunity for birders to experience more than the wintering views of thousands of waterfowl on the Ponds, on this guided tour.  Birders may well see or hear , Black-crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons and a few resident waterfowl.   Screech  owls, short-eared owls, red-tailed hawks and northern harriers nest and raise their young here.  Marsh wrens and numerous warbler and sparrow species are common.  A varied thrush has been seen here and soras, Virginia rails, and American dippers have been spotted on these trails.  While not all of these species are likely to be seen, with our collective sharp eyes and ears, we’re bound to have a good time enjoying the expected species, and perhaps finding a few surprises as we enjoy the nature.