What's New - March 2017
Pollinator Garden Schematic
First a SHOUT OUT to the organizations who allowed the Pollinator Garden to come along as far as it has by their grants or in-kind support: CHC Foundation (Idaho Falls,ID) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Refuge Friends Program, Scott’s Miracle Gro 1000 grant program, Idaho Native Plant Society, Portneuf Valley Audubon Society, private donors (you know who you are) Cedera Seeds (Swan Valley, ID), Mountain States Products (Rexburg, ID), The Upper Snake Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists, Camas NWR Staff, and Friends of Camas Volunteers. Thank you all! We look forward to an equally productive 2017.
Over 30,000 snow geese will soon be making their annual appearance in eastern Idaho. This is an experience not to be missed, and Camas can be a great place to view these migrants which only stay around for a couple of weeks.
Be sure to check out our annual wildlife calendar.
Our 2017 activity calendar is available here.
February 15, 2017
The water outlook is up a bit as the Crab Creek snotel site is reporting 7.4 inches of water equivalent and that puts it as 120 % of average. From the Refuge standpoint we will still need more moisture to fall in the upper basin for us to good water year (note: Storms fter this report raised the water equivalent to 12.2 inches on Feb 22, making a much better water year forecast for the Refuge).
Photo by Bill Shiess
The numbers of Bald Eagles roosting in the trees near HQ has seemed to go down with the recent nice weather. Last week’s count was around sixty eagles on roost. The melting snow has seemed to change their food source and stretches of local rivers are beginning to open up which will disperse the eagles.
For the most part the Refuge auto tour route is melted off but still has some scattered icy patches, but otherwise in good condition. The conditions for cross country skiing or snowshoeing has deteriorated quickly and would be considered poor at this time. However, hiking is now an option as the snow depth should not be an issue on most areas of our service roads.
The nice weather and all the melting has seemed to move the majority of the jack rabbits away from the roads and we are seeing less hawk activity. Still a good group of white-tailed deer handing around Refuge headquarters and they can be seen throughout the day. Good sized herd of elk seem to be staying on the north part of the Refuge and mile or so north of the headquarters area.