A View from the Board

Photo by Patty Pickett

October 20, 2017

Starting this month “A Message from the President” will be replaced with “A View from the Board,” wherein individual Friend of Camas Board Members, on a rotating basis, will fill this space with their personal thoughts and refuge highlights. The first in this series is authored by Dr. Chuck Trost, Professor Emeritus of Ornithology at Idaho State University, and a founding board member of Friends of Camas.

The fourth annual Birds, Bugles, and Brunch came off well at Camas Refuge on September 16th.  About thirty people, plus ten children participated in a fun event.  Only two people signed up for the elk hayride, so they got to see and hear about 100 elk from a warm pickup.  The five Pocatello Audubon folks later drove to a burned-out house south of the refuge and also saw and heard the elk.  There was an educational table on invertebrates for the children run by former Friends Board member Therese Lloyd, another table with a conservation focus staffed by Friend Board member Lara Fondow, and the Fish and Game Bear Trailer manned by Ken Olson, another former Friends Board member. Bird house construction was led by Friends Board Member Terry Thomas.   Finally, the Peregrine nest cam was set up on a video loop for all to watch.

Chuck Trost Led a birding walk with twelve folks down "Redstart Lane" to the west of the headquarters, and their first bird was a young Peregrine Falcon at close range.  Then in the riparian area by the dry Camas Creek they saw Wilson's and Townsend's Warblers, an Ash-throated Flycatcher, many Empidonax flycatchers, including at least one Gray Flycatcher, and a Green-tailed Towhee.  Finally when they started back to the pavilion they were treated to a White-eyed Vireo at about fifteen feet.  This is the second state record for Idaho, and a state life bird for all the birders. 

When we returned to the pavilion we were treated to a pancake and sausage brunch, complete with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  Then the winners of the refuge photo contest were announced by Linda Milam.  Tim Reynolds put the submitted pictures on the video loop, and Linda announced the winners which were Grand Prize—Boyd Larson; First Place – Sue Braastad; Second Place – Mike Crist; Honorable Mention – Sue Braastad. See the What’s New column for a link to the winning photos.

Chuck Trost

October 2017

Photo by Patty Pickett

What's New - September 15th, 2017

Pregrine Cam Offline for the winter. Check back in March 2018

Peregrine Cam Screenshot

Be sure to check out our annual wildlife calendar

Our 2017 activity calendar is available here.

To See the First Ever Friends of Camas Photo Contest Results, Click Here.

We welcomed two new Friends of Camas Board members this summer: Pam Johnson, retired FWS biologist, and Sue Braastad who has been critical to the development of the Pollinator Garden at Camas NWR.  

Refuge Notes

Signs of Winter Coming Abound.

Ponds are occasionally freezing overnight, and water fowl numbers are diminishing.

About 600 Sandhill Cranes are staging prior to migrating.

Deep well pumps which fill several ponds are being shut down for the winter.

Seven Trumpeter Swans were captured and fitted with green, numbered, neck collars as part of a region-wide population study.




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