A View from the Board

Monarch Caterpillar

Last month Friends of Camas NWR, along with the Snake River Audubon Society, hosted their 3rd Annual Birdathon, which was very successful.  Reports have been received from eleven birders, in seven teams, with 141 bird species observed.  Proceeds from the event have reached $2,703.00, with several outstanding pledges yet to be received. Expenses for the Birdathon were a minimal $313.32. Both the expenses and the proceeds will be split between Friends of Camas NWR and Snake River Audubon.

This month, Camas NWR will host a Monarch Butterfly Workshop on Saturday, June 30th.  The workshop will run from 9am to 2pm, at Camas NWR.  This will be a hands-on, family friendly training on the steps people can take to help with the conservation of monarch butterflies and their habitat. The workshop will be presented by the Xerces Society and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Pre-registration is required, with limited space.  To register go to: https://tinyurl.com/camas-nwr-workshop.

June and July are great times to visit Camas NWR, as most all bird species are present and are either nesting or already have their young.  During this time of year, each different area of the refuge is wonderful for viewing a variety of birds. Wetland conditions are good so far this spring season, therefore offering great views of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds. This year there is also one confirmed trumpeter swan nest. The shelterbelt tree area around the office offers a nice variety of song birds, owls and hawks. The sagebrush uplands also have a good diversity of song birds, if you take the time to look and listen for them. You can also find butterflies, from the small Melissa blues to the large Monarchs and many in-between, in all of these habitats as well.

Pam Johnson

Trumpeter Swan Cygnets

To view the previous View from the Board, click here.

What's New - 2018

Peregrine Webcam is up for 2018!

Join in the Fun! The third annual Bucks for Birds Birdathon is scheduled for May 26-28 with a potluck celebration on June 9. This is fundraiser for Friends of Camas and Snake River Audubon Society.  Both organizations strive to support birds and their environment and will split the net proceeds 50:50 to be used for environmental education, conservation, and scientific study. Click here to find out more.

For more information and a donation/pledge form contact: Pam Johnson - prbrkr@aol.com


Friends of Camas is hosting
the 2nd annual photo contest. 
Click on the image below
for more information.

Photo: First Place 2017 by Sue Braastad

Click here for more information
and for the entry form.

Fred Meyer Rewards Program

You can help Friends of Camas NWR earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer  donates over $2 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Friends of Camas NWR at:  www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards

  • You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 85837.

  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Friends of Camas NWR earn a donation.

  • The great thing is that YOU still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates, just as you do today.

  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Custome Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards 

Refuge Notes

June 21, 2018

After an early start to flows in Camas Creek I find it amazing that we are still receiving water into the Refuge to date.  Spring rains have kept the ground moist enough to allow runoff and that has been fantastic.  All major Refuge wetlands still have water in them and are looking good.

It is that time of the year when new life is all around.  Many of our nesting bird species can be found with newly hatched broods.  A drive around the marsh will allow you to see many of these sites.  The Canada geese may already look half grown by now, but most to the ducks and grebes are recent additions.

In addition, deer fawns and elk calves are also new to the area this time of year, so pay attention when you see an adult female as there is a good chance a young one is close by.

The Friends of Camas continue to improve upon the pollinator garden around the office and there are plenty of colorful plants providing a nice view.  When you visit the Refuge stop by and check it out and look for butterflies, especially in the afternoon.  There are also some bird feeders in the garden and they are being frequented by mourning doves, black-headed grosbeaks, gold finches, lazuli buntings and some magpies.

Camas Refuge is also hosting the Xerces Society event about Monarch butterflies on Saturday June 30.  The workshop is family orientated and wants to promote citizen science.  If you would like to know more feel free to call the Refuge Office at (208) 662-5423.

Plenty of wildlife to see at the Refuge and a nice weather morning is a perfect time to make the trip.  All the rain and water has produced plenty of hungry insects like mosquitoes so be prepared with bug spray if you need it.

Brian Wehausen, Refuge Manager

To view previous Refuge Notes,
click here.




Friends of Camas NWR Inc. 
2150 E 2350 N
Hamer, ID 83425