A Message From the President

Photo Credit: Patty Picket

May 11, 2016

Spring continues to tease its way into eastern Idaho and Camas National Wildlife Refuge. Last week it was 70 degrees. This morning there was a hard frost across much of the Upper Snake River Plain. Dr. Edson Fichter, long gone but fondly remembered by his ISU students, referred to spring weather in Eastern Idaho as “Predicable Unpredictable.” As usual, he was spot on. But even the most unpredictable spring results in the awakening of Camas National Wildlife Refuge from the winter torpor, and this year is no exception. In fact, this year, for the first time in several years, the awakening includes significant water to the refuge from Camas Creek. In 2015 Camas Creek ran free on the refuge only one day. This year it has flowed for well over a month and all of the water you see on the auto tour route is natural flow. As a result of the abundance of water, this has been a banner year for shorebirds. While the shorebird migration is now slowing down, the movement of song birds is picking up. Friends will celebrate this influx twice this month. For the fourth year, Friends of Camas will join the Idaho Fish and Game, Ducks Unlimited, the Snake River Audubon Society and several federal agencies (including the Fish and Wildlife Service) for International Migratory Bird Day activities. This will be held Saturday, May 21 at Duck’s Unlimited Market Lake Ranch near Roberts. Click here for more information.

Friends second celebration of songbird migration will be May 28 when we join with the Snake River Audubon for our first ever “Bucks for Birds”, a bird-a- thon to raise money for both organizations to further our compatible mission for environmental education, conservation, and scientific study. Click here for information and registration/donation form

Friends continues to raise funds for our two summer projects: the Pollinator Garden and the Peregrine Cam. We received a grant from Scotts Miracle-Gro 1000 for the former, and will hear the results from two other grant sources soon after the first of June. If you wish to help us with this project, donate via Pay Pal by clicking the button at the top of this page. Our crowd sourcing for the Peregrine Cam is at nearly 40% of our target goal. To support this project, which has the recent endorsement and enthusiasm of the members of the local education community, click here.

If you haven’t made a visit to the refuge recently, I invite you to do so soon. This is your regional National Wildlife Refuge, and spring is arguably the refuge at its finest. Hope to see you there.

Tim Reynolds, President
Friends of Camas NWR

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What's New - April 2016

    Photo Credit: Errol Mobley

    Peregrine Cam at Camas Update

    The good news: The second member of the nesting pair of falcons showed up at Camas on April 19, and incubation was in progress on May 4. Hatching is expected around May 27.

    More good News: The CrowdRise donations for the web cam are nearly 40% of our goal. 

    THANK YOU to those generous donors who have brought us this far.

    Refuge News

    This month, we will let these pictures (all by Patty Pickett, except the Willet at the end by Mike Crist) tell the story:




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