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.

The local camera club visited Bear Lake NWR this morning for a field trip.  Photography is one of the many recreational ...
06/08/2019

The local camera club visited Bear Lake NWR this morning for a field trip. Photography is one of the many recreational opportunities offered by your national wildlife refuges and spring is a great time for photos with green vegetation and birds still in breeding plumage!

The Trumpeter Swan crew is at work! Intern Reed Stevens and Idaho State University graduate student Paige Miller are tak...
06/06/2019

The Trumpeter Swan crew is at work! Intern Reed Stevens and Idaho State University graduate student Paige Miller are taking egg measurements at a nest at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Our friends at Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Southeast Region have a new page. Check it out and Like them...
06/04/2019

Our friends at Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Southeast Region have a new page. Check it out and Like them for the latest news and updates!

Welcome to the new page for Idaho Fish and Game’s Southeast Region! We can’t wait to share Fish and Game news, events, updates, and other information with those who live and recreate in southeast Idaho!

Another beautiful picture from Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge taken by Patty Pickett.  Thank you, Patty!!
05/29/2019

Another beautiful picture from Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge taken by Patty Pickett. Thank you, Patty!!

grays lake NWR

Thank you to Patty Pickett for sharing this beautiful Swainson's Hawk photo she captured at Grays Lake NWR!!
05/28/2019

Thank you to Patty Pickett for sharing this beautiful Swainson's Hawk photo she captured at Grays Lake NWR!!

grays lake NWR..Swainson's hawk

An osprey glides above its nesting platform at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho. The platform wa...
05/22/2019

An osprey glides above its nesting platform at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho. The platform was built by a local Boy Scouts group. Find your local refuge at www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps, then get outside and explore your #PublicLands this year. Photo by Brent Lawrence / USFWS

An osprey glides above its nesting box at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho. The nesting box was built by a local Boy Scouts group. Find your local refuge at www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps, then get outside and explore your #PublicLands this year. Photo by Brent Lawrence / USFWS

The wildflowers at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge can brighten up any Monday morning. Find one of our refuges at ht...
05/21/2019

The wildflowers at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge can brighten up any Monday morning. Find one of our refuges at https://www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps, then get outside and explore your #PublicLands this spring.

Photo by Brent Lawrence / USFWS

The wildflowers at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Idaho can brighten up any Monday morning. Find one of our refuges at https://www.fws.gov/refuges/refugeLocatorMaps, then get outside and explore your #PublicLands this spring.

Photo by Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Thanks to Patty Pickett for sharing this terrific Sandhill Crane photo from Grays Lake NWR!
05/20/2019

Thanks to Patty Pickett for sharing this terrific Sandhill Crane photo from Grays Lake NWR!

dance like no one is watching ! grays lake NWR..sandhill crane

A new fishing challenge was just announced in the West, for those anglers looking to help native trout and challenge the...
05/16/2019

A new fishing challenge was just announced in the West, for those anglers looking to help native trout and challenge themselves at the same time. 🐟🎣

If you like trout fishing and a good challenge, consider participating in the new 12-state Western Native trout Challenge! Click the link to learn more: westernnativetroutchallenge.org

Happy Birthday to Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge!Bear Lake Refuge was established on this date in 1968 to protect an...
05/09/2019

Happy Birthday to Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Bear Lake Refuge was established on this date in 1968 to protect and manage habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Located seven miles south of Montpelier, the refuge encompasses 18,000 acres of cattail marsh, open water, and flooded meadows. The refuge provides valuable habitat for waterfowl and colonial nesting water birds. Portions of the refuge include scattered grasslands and brush-covered mountain slopes.

#WildfireAwarenessMonth Prevention Tip of the Day - Create survivable space. Survivable space can help save your place f...
05/08/2019
Landscape maintenance - Idaho Firewise

#WildfireAwarenessMonth Prevention Tip of the Day - Create survivable space. Survivable space can help save your place from wildfire. Thin and prune trees within 125 ft. of your home.

Low-ignition Landscapes Landscape maintenance Principles & Practices WUI Culture Once you have established your low-ignition landscape, it will need regular maintenance. Keep your low-ignition landscape effective by regular pruning, mowing, raking and removal of diseased, dying or dead materials. Mo...

Common Loons are uncommon at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Jeremy Jirak was lucky to capture these photos there la...
05/03/2019

Common Loons are uncommon at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Jeremy Jirak was lucky to capture these photos there last week!

The newest issue of IDFG's Windows to Wildlife is out and it has a great article about the best places for wildlife watc...
05/02/2019

The newest issue of IDFG's Windows to Wildlife is out and it has a great article about the best places for wildlife watching in Southeast Idaho, including Camas National Wildlife Refuge. Check it out at https://idfg.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/spring2019_reduced.pdf

Thank you to Patty Pickett for sharing this beautiful Sandhill Crane photo from Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge!

Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge..sandhill crane

Its that time of the year! This is a great reminder.  If you care, leave it there!
05/01/2019
Found a baby animal in the wild? Leave it be

Its that time of the year! This is a great reminder. If you care, leave it there!

| When visiting the great outdoors in the spring and early summer, even if you are only venturing as far as your own backyard, there is something important to keep in mind: when it comes to taking care of wildlife babies, no one does it better than wildlife moms.

Frequent Flyer MilesBand Number 599-05468 was worn for 36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane (RMSH). It...
04/29/2019

Frequent Flyer Miles

Band Number 599-05468 was worn for 36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain Sandhill Crane (RMSH). It is one of the oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29 June 1973, one mile north of Border, WY, on the Thomas Fork of the Bear River (near the Thomas Fork Unit of Bear Lake NWR).

The bird was 41-44 days old when it was banded. It was also marked with a neck collar, which it apparently lost sometime after August 1981, the date of its last sighting in ID. The bird was also observed in April 1981 in the San Luis Valley of CO.

The distance “as the crow flies” from Border, WY, to a staging in the San Luis Valley and then down the Rio Grande to its wintering area at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 700 miles. If you assume this crane returned close to its nesting grounds each spring and back to Bosque del Apache each winter, the band made the round trip 36 times, as well a final one-way trip where it was recovered. That is a total of 51,100 miles in a lifetime, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than twice.

Bear Lake Refuge Waterbird SurveyResults from the waterbird survey at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge included Americ...
04/26/2019

Bear Lake Refuge Waterbird Survey

Results from the waterbird survey at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge included American Coot - 2487, Northern Pintail - 6, Canvasback - 137, Mallard - 53, Northern Shoveler - 127, Canada Goose - 401, Sandhill Crane - 12, Lesser Scaup - 215, Ruddy Duck - 137, Bufflehead - 36, Green-winged Teal - 41, American Wigeon - 60, American Avocet - 2, Trumpeter Swan - 13, California Gull - 25, Redhead - 21, Great Blue Heron - 3, Western Grebe - 11, Eared Grebe - 2, Cinnamon Teal - 17, Gadwall - 3, White-faced Ibis - 12, Willet - 1, Black-necked Stilt - 4, Common Merganser - 5, Franklin's Gull - 150, American White Pelican - 29, Pied-billed Grebe - 1, Common Goldeneye - 5, American Bittern - 1. New arrivals observed but not seen on surveys included Greater Yellowlegs and Forster's Tern.

Invasive Species Technician AnnouncementThe Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,...
04/25/2019

Invasive Species Technician Announcement

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is advertising for an invasive species technician at Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Visit http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/Careers.aspx?adata=ENkF3Pfuv%2fx2DfmFWl5lstG0qE5AVIKrfeWKS%2fRwglNUa8QZ7sCvmNTWEtf%2bu2wiz5VV4zK6VcbCbkvzOtpdonl3foIprH7r59sKrLaep8Jj1sNtzvfHeK2Uh3Bfg6o4t5cDNqYz4EKeYP8y%2fkYAgAHELK3VilHiNlMNYMFuOBJkgxWy5IOOZge34alWmhbc%2bDk9BcGareadeD8Ssxjny9Q%3d for more information and to apply

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - SEASONAL BIOTECHSThe application period is now open for two seasonal Biological Science Technician po...
04/24/2019

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - SEASONAL BIOTECHS

The application period is now open for two seasonal Biological Science Technician positions, one each at Camas and Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuges. Primary duties include assisting with biological and botanical surveys, invasive species control, data entry and minor maintenance.

Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/531478700/# to apply and learn more.

Additional positions are located at Malheur NWR (Princeton, OR), Little Pend Oreille NWR (Colville, WA), and Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex (Burbank, WA).

A great article from the East Idaho News.com about Sandhill Crane watching at nearby preserves including Grays Lake and ...
04/23/2019
Nature's dancers: A look at Sandhill cranes at local wildlife preserves | East Idaho News

A great article from the East Idaho News.com about Sandhill Crane watching at nearby preserves including Grays Lake and Camas National Wildlife Refuges.

https://www.eastidahonews.com/2019/04/natures-dancers-a-look-at-sandhill-cranes-at-local-wildlife-preserves/

The early morning light caught a small flock of Greater sandhill cranes wading through the shallow water of a flooded field waiting for the universal heat source to warm them. As they warmed they began to pair up, started their calls that echoed across the marshes and fields before their dancing beg...

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT!!The application period for a Biological Science Technician at Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge is now...
04/18/2019

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT!!

The application period for a Biological Science Technician at Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge is now open. Responsibilities will include conducting waterbird surveys, small mammal trapping, submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring, invasive species control, groundskeeping, fence maintenance, and more.

This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.

The application period closes May 1, 2019. Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530996700/ to apply or learn more.

Camas Refuge Waterbird Survey ResultsThe diversity of birds has been increasingly significantly this past week at all of...
04/18/2019

Camas Refuge Waterbird Survey Results

The diversity of birds has been increasingly significantly this past week at all of the refuges in the Southeast Idaho Complex!! The results of this week's waterbird survey at Camas National Wildlife Refuge included 15 Tundra Swan, 13 Trumpeter Swan, 39 Canada Goose, 811 Mallard, 183 Northern Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 227 American Wigeon, 7 Northern Shoveler, 33 Green winged Teal, 28 Canvasback, 2 Redhead, 111 Lesser Scaup, 18 Ring-necked Duck, 9 Bufflehead, 131 Ruddy Duck, 36 American Coot, 21 Sandhill Crane, 2 Franklin's Gull, 83 Ring-billed Gull, 12 California Gull, 1 Killdeer, 3 Willet, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Dunlin.

The weather looks great for the next 2-3 days. Come out and watch Spring's migration spectacle at one of your National Wildlife Refuges!!

THANK YOU to Patty Pickett for this beautiful Yellow-headed Blackbird image from Camas Refuge!!

yellow-headed blackbird

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will have a booth at the Environmental Fair from 11am to 3pm on Saturday April 20th at ...
04/17/2019

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will have a booth at the Environmental Fair from 11am to 3pm on Saturday April 20th at Caldwell Park in Pocatello! Please come out and learn about threatened and endangered species in Idaho and your local National Wildlife Refuges!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will have a booth at the Environmental Fair from 11am to 3pm on Saturday April 20th at Caldwell Park in Pocatello! Please come out and learn about threatened and endangered species in Idaho and your local National Wildlife Refuges!

Although Sandhill Crane feathers are gray, sometimes they can have a reddish-brown appearance. This is because they pree...
04/16/2019

Although Sandhill Crane feathers are gray, sometimes they can have a reddish-brown appearance. This is because they preen themselves by rubbing mud on their feathers and mud from iron-rich environments is often red.

Thank you Patty Pickett for this beautiful image from Camas National Wildlife Refuge!

Although the feathers are gray, sometimes they can have a reddish-brown appearance. This is because sandhill cranes preen themselves by rubbing mud on their feathers and mud from iron-rich environments is often red.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT!The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting two Ha...
04/15/2019

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting two Habitat Restoration Technicians: one each at Camas and Minidoka National Wildlife Refuges. Technicians will participate in all aspects of the refuges' invasive species and habitat restoration programs.

Visit http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=PD&req=2019-ACI-043 for more information.

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting one Wildlife Technician...
04/13/2019

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting one Wildlife Technician to serve in the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The intern (aka "swantern") will primarily be responsible for assisting refuge biologists with their ongoing Trumpeter Swan research at Camas, Bear Lake and Grays Lake Refuges.

Visit http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=PD&req=2019-ACI-042 for more information.

A waterbird survey was completed at Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area earlier this week. Results include Mallard -...
04/12/2019

A waterbird survey was completed at Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area earlier this week. Results include Mallard - 85, American Wigeon - 13, Canada Goose - 117, American Coot - 168, Bufflehead - 4, Lesser Scaup - 22, Northern Shoveler - 19, Canvasback - 2, Northern Pintail - 1, Franklin's Gull - 450, Sandhill Crane - 15, American Avocet - 4, Snow Goose - 1, Great Blue Heron - 1, Cinnamon Teal - 12, Green-winged Teal - 10, Pied-billed Grebe - 1, Long-billed Curlew - 2.

Most notable this week was that the Franklin's Gulls showed up to start their colony...and a lonely Snow Goose. These numbers represent the northern half of the slough where the main vantage points are.

In recognition of #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek, we are celebrating all of the wonderful volunteers we have at the ...
04/11/2019

In recognition of #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek, we are celebrating all of the wonderful volunteers we have at the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex! We couldn’t accomplish nearly as much without our volunteers, and we thank you!!

Here Tom Weaver and Henrietta Tranum are removing fishing line from a fishing line recycling tube at Minidoka NWR.

Photo credit: Jeffrey Krueger

04/10/2019
Falcon nest webcam Live Stream - YouTube

Watch the Peregrine Nest at Camas Refuge!

The Peregrine Nest Camera at Camas National Wildlife Refuge is up and running! The pair is back at the nesting tower and folks have observed very interesting pre-nesting behavior. You can watch what is happening at the nest by visiting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVevvBMfznCPwG2K-WbN3Yg/live.

Many thanks to the Friends of Camas Refuge for coordinating this project!

Peregrine falcon nest on a hack tower at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge near Hamer, Idaho.

The snowmelt is quite a bit behind schedule at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge! The top picture was taken at the end...
04/05/2019

The snowmelt is quite a bit behind schedule at Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge! The top picture was taken at the end of March in 2019 and the bottom picture was taken at the same time in 2018.

Spring Migration is in full swing at Southeast Idaho Refuges.  Here are bird survey numbers from this week.Camas:Tundra ...
04/03/2019

Spring Migration is in full swing at Southeast Idaho Refuges. Here are bird survey numbers from this week.

Camas:

Tundra swan - 13
Trumpeter swan - 5
Canada goose - 26
Mallard - 5525
Northern pintail - 516
Gadwall - 5
American wigeon - 347
Northern shoveler - 27
Green-winged teal - 33
Cinnamon teal - 3
Canvasback - 249
Redhead - 30
Lesser scaup - 20
Ring-necked duck - 37
Unknown diver - 15
Common goldeneye - 12
Bufflehead - 4
Ruddy duck - 15
Common merganser - 6
Red-breasted merganser - 2
American coot - 42
Sandhill crane - 2
Ring-billed gull - 12
Killdeer - 2
White pelican - 108

Oxford Slough:

Canada Goose - 172
Northern Pintail - 24
American Wigeon - 52
Mallard - 338
Sandhill Crane - 26
Black-necked Stilt - 1
American Coot - 213
Gadwall - 2
Northern Shoveler - 22
Bufflehead - 4
Lesser Scaup - 20
Cinnamon Teal - 55
Unknown Gull - 10
Unknown Dabbler - 40
Wood Duck - 2
Virginia Rail - 1
Redhead - 2
American Avocet - 2

INJURED SWAN UPDATEThe Trumpeter Swan that was rescued near Camas Refuge last week was examined by a veterinarian with t...
04/02/2019

INJURED SWAN UPDATE

The Trumpeter Swan that was rescued near Camas Refuge last week was examined by a veterinarian with the Wyoming Wetlands Society (WWS) and was found to have a dislocated wing. This type of injury and the location the bird was found is evidence that it likely collided with a powerline.

The bird will be held by WWS at a lake with other captive trumpeter swans. It will be monitored over the next several weeks to see if the wound does or does not heal.

One of the most encouraging signs of spring is hearing the "conk-la-reee!" songs of Red-winged Blackbirds. Patty Pickett...
04/01/2019

One of the most encouraging signs of spring is hearing the "conk-la-reee!" songs of Red-winged Blackbirds. Patty Pickett captured this image of a singing male redwing at Camas National Wildlife Refuge Saturday.

red-winged blackbird-Camas NWR

Thanks so much to Patty Pickett for sharing this photo of a porcupine looking for greens at Camas National Wildlife Refu...
03/31/2019

Thanks so much to Patty Pickett for sharing this photo of a porcupine looking for greens at Camas National Wildlife Refuge!

porcupine looking for greens ..Camas NWR

Staff at Camas National Wildlife Refuge rescued this adult Trumpeter Swan earlier this week. It was found near I-15 adja...
03/30/2019

Staff at Camas National Wildlife Refuge rescued this adult Trumpeter Swan earlier this week. It was found near I-15 adjacent to the refuge where we suspect that it collided with a powerline. Thankfully, the Wyoming Wetlands Society (WWS) has taken the bird to determine what injuries it has. Mortality from powerline collisions and electrocutions is one of the greatest impediments to the full recovery of this once-endangered species. We will keep you apprised of the bird's status.

WWS is a non-profit organization based in Jackson, WY. The primary objectives of WWS are to aid in the restoration of the Rocky Mountain Population of Trumpeter Swans and to protect, preserve, restore and enhance the wetlands they depend on. Visit http://wyomingwetlandssociety.org/?fbclid=IwAR04UFWc0AKjNlhTusPAj587JYVcwUmu_aAu4q-GFoHZrLBEUcWFWj2dOLc to learn more.

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