What's New - October 2016
The whole peregrine family on the nest tower.
Photo Credit: Errol Mobley
Peregrine Cam at Camas Update
The good news: The three Peregrine chicks have fledged! They have been free flying since August.
More good News: We have purchased the basic Web Cam hardware and will install them on the nest tower later this month.
Pollinator Garden Update: In September the ADA compliant pathway and the sprinkler system were installed. Click here for photos.
September 27, 2016
Waterfowl migration seems to be starting as we have seen numbers of waterfowl on the Refuge just starting to increase. The annual Sandhill Crane survey was conducted and 179 cranes were seen on the Refuge on September 12th . It would appear these numbers have increased slightly in the past week.
Refuge habitat is still fairly dry and the summer did not treat us with much for rainfall. Big Pond, Redhead and Sandhole Lakes are the only ponds that still have water in them. We have started to shut down wells and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks.
Elk in the area are still active with breeding season. At this time most of the bugling has been happening late into the evening and we are not hearing much during the day.
Next month the Refuge will be helping the Friends of Camas NWR (FoC) to install a camera on the peregrine nesting tower. A live feed will come from the camera, via the FoC website. Congratulations to the FoC for raising enough funds to make this possible. We look forward to next spring so we can view the nesting peregrine falcons.
We also have some construction going on around the headquarters building this fall. The FoC has secured various grants and we are in the process constructing a pollinator garden. An addition to the walkway was added and a sprinkler system was installed to keep the garden green. Currently we still have the goal of planting some trees that are all native to Idaho yet this fall. Look for the garden to really come together next year.
Photo by Patty Pickett