Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex We administer five units of the Refuge System: Bear Lake, Grays Lake, Camas, and Minidoka Refuges, and Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area.

Whichever holidays you choose to celebrate or not celebrate at this time of year, we at the Southeast Idaho National Wil...
12/25/2019

Whichever holidays you choose to celebrate or not celebrate at this time of year, we at the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex, wish you and your family the best now and heading into the new year!

Beautiful photos of waterfowl in the winter.  Keep your eyes open for some of these birds and other species in open wate...
12/23/2019

Beautiful photos of waterfowl in the winter. Keep your eyes open for some of these birds and other species in open water pockets when out and about this winter.

Waterfowl in the winter! Are these birds not spectacular?

Photos courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Snowpack is slightly above average for some of our Refuges and slightly below average for others so far this winter seas...
12/22/2019

Snowpack is slightly above average for some of our Refuges and slightly below average for others so far this winter season. Snowpack is closely monitored throughout the winter and spring by our staff to help determine what kind of water we will expect to see in the spring.

Here is a look at the latest snowpack estimates across the Pacific Northwest!

Our recent storms definitely did help to boost our snow numbers. We have dug a pretty big hole so far though, and it will take much more to catch back up to normal.

Joint Ventures are important for bird and landscape conservation.  Our regional joint venture for the intermountain west...
12/20/2019

Joint Ventures are important for bird and landscape conservation. Our regional joint venture for the intermountain west just re designed their website. Check out the link to find out more about what they do!

After many months of planning and development, the IWJV is happy to announce the newly remodeled IWJV.org website is launched.

With a geography of 486 million acres, the IWJV’s web presence has long been an important way to stay connected with and inform our partners. The recent redesign of the website better portrays our diverse partnership philosophy and creates a space where partners can connect. Visitors to IWJV.org will also find improved organizational structure and functionality of the site.

Please explore our remodeled site and let us know what you think! https://iwjv.org/

The Refuge Complex had our holiday get together today.  One tradition that has been going on for 26 years now is potatoe...
12/18/2019

The Refuge Complex had our holiday get together today. One tradition that has been going on for 26 years now is potatoes brought to the staff by Farrel, our Equipment Operator at Camas NWR!

An anniversary worthy of celebration!
12/15/2019

An anniversary worthy of celebration!

Happy 30th! On this day in 1989, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act was passed. Since then, partners have conserved over 30 million acres--an area the size of Kentucky! That averages out to protecting a Delaware's worth of wetlands every year. You can learn more about some of the great projects that we've worked on over the years here: https://nawmp.org/nawca30

Not the best news from the Grand Canyon.
12/05/2019
White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

Not the best news from the Grand Canyon.

The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has potentially been detected on a fringed myotis (Myotis thysanodes) at Grand Canyon National Park. The bat was captured and sampled for the fungus in April 2019 during routine surveillance by park biologists. https://bit.ly/2Ph2EkN

11/28/2019
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us on the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex!

Around 46 million turkeys will be consumed on Thursday. And each bird will be served along with a slew of sides like cranberry sauce, salad and pumpkin pie. And don't forget the wine!

Without pollinators, the meal (and possibly the conversation around the table) would be a lot more boring.

Video: A Thanksgiving meal set out and all side dishes vanish off screen.

Whether it is pulling bouys at Minidoka, hooking the snow blower up at Grays Lake, pulling electronic water level logger...
11/26/2019

Whether it is pulling bouys at Minidoka, hooking the snow blower up at Grays Lake, pulling electronic water level loggers at Camas, or pulling fish screens at Bear Lake, this time of year has our staff busy with winterization as the water on a lot of our wetlands begins to freeze and the snowfall increases.

Common carp are a management issue for Minidoka and Bear Lake refuges on the Southeast Idaho NWRC.  Their foraging activ...
11/23/2019

Common carp are a management issue for Minidoka and Bear Lake refuges on the Southeast Idaho NWRC. Their foraging activities uproot aquatic vegetation which provides a food resource for migrating waterbirds.

Non-native Species Alert!!

Common Carp
Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus

The species generally inhabits lakes, ponds, and the lower sections of rivers, usually with moderately flowing or standing water.

Larval common carp feed primarily on zooplankton. Juveniles and adults feed on organic detritus (primarily of plant origin), chironomids, small crustaceans, and gastropods. The common carp is very active when feeding and its movements often disturb sediments and increase turbidity, causing serious problems in some regions especially where the species is abundant. Silt re-suspension and uprooting of aquatic plants caused by feeding activities can disturb spawning and nursery areas of native fishes. Common Carp have also been linked to declines in native fishes due to predation on eggs.

Many of the Sandhill Cranes that use our Refuges during the summer spend their winter in New Mexico!
11/21/2019

Many of the Sandhill Cranes that use our Refuges during the summer spend their winter in New Mexico!

Geese and cranes, cranes and geese - they are here! Are you?

Sandhill cranes and snow geese photo credit: Bob Hailey

#FestivaloftheCranes2019

Great story about a local photographer who won a national photo contest with a fantastic photo taken at Camas National W...
11/12/2019
Local man wins first place in prestigious national contest with this photo | East Idaho News

Great story about a local photographer who won a national photo contest with a fantastic photo taken at Camas National Wildlife Refuge! Don't forget your camera on your next visit to our National Wildlife Refuges...you could be the next big winner!

RIGBY – Kirk Geisler has enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife for the last 15 years or so, but he never thought one of his photos would receive national attention. Geisler submitted a photo he’d taken of a short-eared owl at Camas National Wildlife Refuge several years ago in a contest sponsored ...

Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served, including many USFWS employees and some who are on our complex.  Thank you f...
11/11/2019
Fish and Wildlife Service Thanks Our Veterans

Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served, including many USFWS employees and some who are on our complex. Thank you for your service!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/albums/72157627957958795/page5

Many U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees are military veterans, some of whom continue to serve in Reserve and National Guard units across the country. These people who once sacrificed for our country now use their skills in the cause of conservation. We thank each one of our veterans, and honor...

Quite the variety of modes of transportation used by the Department of the Interior!
11/07/2019

Quite the variety of modes of transportation used by the Department of the Interior!

Check out the U.S. Department of the Interior blog, featuring some of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unique and interesting modes of transportation that help us get the job done!

http://ow.ly/nZ3M50x4zU1

Photo by Tina Shaw, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - A Marsh Master at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

To conclude #BatWeek we wanted to post about a local bat habitat project that was not on a Refuge, but had many partners...
10/31/2019

To conclude #BatWeek we wanted to post about a local bat habitat project that was not on a Refuge, but had many partners including USFWS Ecological Services.

A condemned structure on PacifiCorp property that was slated for removal had a significant number of Yuma Myotis bats. A team representing PacifiCorp, USFWS Ecological Services, Bat Conservation International, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Love Schack Architecture designed a “condo” for the bats to move into and leave the old structure. The new “condo” has started to be occupied by the bats from the old structure. Once all of the bats commit to the new “condo”, the old structure will be removed.

PacifiCorp funded the project and all involved believe it was a huge collaborative success for both bats and partnerships!

Photos of new "Condo" Credit: Mark Stenberg

Happy #BatWeek everyone!  Minidoka, Camas and Bear Lake NWR's have been collecting acoustic bat monitoring data each sum...
10/30/2019

Happy #BatWeek everyone! Minidoka, Camas and Bear Lake NWR's have been collecting acoustic bat monitoring data each summer for the past few years. A recorder is set up at various locations on each Refuge to record bat echolocation. Using a computer program, biologists can identify what species are present based on the calls that are recorded. This monitoring is part of NABat, which is a national bat monitoring project. To find out more about the NABat project, please visit: www.nabatmonitoring.org

Photo Credit: USFWS

A prescribed fire was conducted last week on Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge on the 18 acre Gifford Springs wetland.  ...
10/28/2019

A prescribed fire was conducted last week on Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge on the 18 acre Gifford Springs wetland. Objectives of the prescribed fire were to create more open water habitat for wetland-dependent wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels. Thank you to our partners for assistance in completing the prescribed fire and achieving our habitat objectives!

Photo Credit: USFWS

Zombie Salmon to get you ready for the upcoming Halloween holiday!
10/24/2019

Zombie Salmon to get you ready for the upcoming Halloween holiday!

Zombie Salmon Week! In the days leading up to Halloween, we're going to shed some light on what happens to Pacific salmon as they near the end of their lives...and how they continue to give life even after death. And we want to see your zombie salmon pics!

Today marks the end of National Wildlife Refuge Week.  We are lucky to have 5 National Wildlife Refuges in southeast Ida...
10/19/2019

Today marks the end of National Wildlife Refuge Week. We are lucky to have 5 National Wildlife Refuges in southeast Idaho that cover the gradient of high desert to montane wetland.

Some of the waterbirds that spend the summer on our Refuges (like the Great blue heron) are starting to decrease in numb...
10/17/2019

Some of the waterbirds that spend the summer on our Refuges (like the Great blue heron) are starting to decrease in numbers as they head to warmer climes. The thermometers around Southeast Idaho have definitely showed signs of changing seasons the past few weeks!

Great blue herons are one of the Pacific Northwest’s most common waterbirds, adaptable enough to hunt for a meal everywhere from your local National Wildlife Refuge to the city park down the street.
These birds dine on fish, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates, and field rodents during the winter. If not on public lands near you, find these birds in marshes, streams, and coastlines or swooping over pasturelands.
The great blue heron’s height might give it away if you’re out looking. It is the largest heron in North America, standing at about four feet tall. Also identify these birds by their slate gray color with a white crown, cheeks, and throat, rusty thighs and a uniformly yellow bill.
Photo taken by Jim Leonard at Ankeny NWR

A prescribed burn was conducted on the Salt Meadow unit of Bear Lake NWR yesterday.  This burn, combined with other tool...
10/09/2019

A prescribed burn was conducted on the Salt Meadow unit of Bear Lake NWR yesterday. This burn, combined with other tools to mimic natural processes, is a part of the management strategy to increase productivity of the habitat for wetland-dependent wildlife. The public is welcomed and encouraged to view the unit, which is on the auto tour, this fall and again next spring for green up.

Thank you to our partners at the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Nature Conservancy for helping us accomplish our habitat objectives!

Congratulations to Jordan Noall for winning the Grand Prize of the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge's 2019 Phot...
09/27/2019

Congratulations to Jordan Noall for winning the Grand Prize of the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge's 2019 Photo Contest with this image of an ermine carrying a meadow vole!!!

Thank you to everyone for participating! We had a lot of excellent entries this year as you can see with the 1st - 3rd runner up and honorable mention photos! Thanks also to the Friends of Camas NWR for coordinating this event!!

You might have heard the news that bird populations have been trending downward over the past 50 years. With an estimate...
09/25/2019

You might have heard the news that bird populations have been trending downward over the past 50 years. With an estimated 30% less birds in the world today than there were back in 1970, here’s seven simple things you can do to help reverse the trend.

You might have heard the news that bird populations have been trending downward over the past 50 years. With an estimated 30% less birds in the world today than there were back in 1970, here’s seven simple things you can do to help reverse the trend.

Yesterday, Bear Lake NWR staff completed the annual survey of the Rocky Mountain Population of Sandhill Cranes that util...
09/20/2019

Yesterday, Bear Lake NWR staff completed the annual survey of the Rocky Mountain Population of Sandhill Cranes that utilize the Bear Lake Valley and Refuge as stopover habitat on their fall migration. This year's count yielded 265 Sandhill Cranes in the valley.

Many thanks to Patty Pickett for sharing this terrific photo of a Greater Sage-Grouse at Camas National Wildlife Refuge!...
09/20/2019

Many thanks to Patty Pickett for sharing this terrific photo of a Greater Sage-Grouse at Camas National Wildlife Refuge! This charismatic species can be seen along the refuge's auto tour route, especially if you arrive earlier in the morning.

Greater Sage-Grouse ..Camas NWR

The Russian Olive removal and shelterbelt restoration project at Camas National Wildlife Refuge took a big step forward ...
09/18/2019

The Russian Olive removal and shelterbelt restoration project at Camas National Wildlife Refuge took a big step forward as we planted several hundred Golden Currant, Western Snowberry, Chokecherry, Black Cottonwood, and other native trees and shrubs this week. Note the heavy duty fence to protect the new plantings from munching deer and moose! This project is at the entrance of the refuge auto tour route and will provide valuable habitat for a great abundance of migrant songbirds, such as Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Wilson's Warbler, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

This project was made possible by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region 1 Invasive Species Small Grant and support from the Friends of Camas NWR.

Save the date for our annual celebration of the refuge and all its Friends! Saturday, September 21st.
09/16/2019

Save the date for our annual celebration of the refuge and all its Friends! Saturday, September 21st.

Save the date for our annual celebration of the refuge and all its Friends! Saturday, September 21st.

It's back to school time and this Cinnamon Teal at Camas National Wildlife Refuge got a new backpack too! It's actually ...
09/12/2019

It's back to school time and this Cinnamon Teal at Camas National Wildlife Refuge got a new backpack too! It's actually a GSM transmitter deployed as part of a multi-agency study to understand where this species uses wetlands across the Intermountain West and to identify migration corridors. Compared to most ducks, much less is known about the Cinnamon Teal because they largely breed and winter in areas not covered by coordinated regional surveys for waterfowl and because they are an early migrant. Refuges in the Southeast Idaho Complex provide important nesting and migration habitat for this uniquely Western species.

Project partners include USFWS Migratory Birds, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (Dixon Field Station), California Department of Water Resources, California Waterfowl, Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG), Utah Department of Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Other Refuges contributing to the study include Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Everybody loves a beautiful sunrise photo! This one was taken by Sara White while conducting elk surveys at Minidoka Nat...
09/11/2019

Everybody loves a beautiful sunrise photo! This one was taken by Sara White while conducting elk surveys at Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge!

Happy Labor Day from all of us at the Southeast Idaho NWRC.  Bulrush at many of our refuges is beginning to senesce sign...
09/03/2019

Happy Labor Day from all of us at the Southeast Idaho NWRC. Bulrush at many of our refuges is beginning to senesce signaling the approaching end of the summer season. Keep our Refuges in mind as you plan your fall outdoor recreation!

08/30/2019

A video looking down at the prescribed burn on August 22 from Bear Island at Grays Lake NWR. Thanks to our partners at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and The Nature Conservancy who assisted us with the prescribed burn.

Video credit: Jim Forsythe / FWS

Last Thursday August 22 staff completed prescribed burns on two units at Grays Lake NWR to help open up 380 acres of eme...
08/30/2019

Last Thursday August 22 staff completed prescribed burns on two units at Grays Lake NWR to help open up 380 acres of emergent wetland habitat.

Photo Credit: Jim Forsythe / FWS

This Great Horned Owl seemed intent on getting a closer inspection of one of our game cameras at Camas National Wildlife...
08/28/2019

This Great Horned Owl seemed intent on getting a closer inspection of one of our game cameras at Camas National Wildlife Refuge. Notice how much larger one of its irises is than the other.

We get some interesting visitors to our duck banding traps, including these moose at Camas National Wildlife Refuge!!
08/23/2019

We get some interesting visitors to our duck banding traps, including these moose at Camas National Wildlife Refuge!!

08/22/2019

PUBLIC NOTICE : Rx FIRE AT GRAYS LAKE REFUGE

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to conduct multiple prescribed burns on Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge starting today.

The prescribed burns can only occur when weather and field conditions meet prescription so that burning can be carried out safely. The burns are intended to reduce dead wetland vegetation and increase the quality of wetland habitat. Visitors to the area and local residents should expect areas of smoke from burning to potentially impact roads and to a lesser extent area residences and towns for a few days up to a week. All efforts will be made to reduce these impacts during and after burning operations.

The areas to be burned are east of Bear Island. Access to the Refuge will be limited to the public during burn operations for public safety.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Casselman, Project Leader for the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 208-240-2742. Thank you for your cooperation.

We've had a successful year broadening our Trumpeter Swan research! Great Basin Institute intern Hailey Trotter helped b...
08/22/2019

We've had a successful year broadening our Trumpeter Swan research! Great Basin Institute intern Hailey Trotter helped band one of the cygnets at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge earlier this week.

Staff from Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge participated in the Bear Lake County Fair Parade. Puddles the Blue Goose h...
08/21/2019

Staff from Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge participated in the Bear Lake County Fair Parade. Puddles the Blue Goose helped our float win 2nd place in our category!

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