It is an early spring at the Silver Creek Preserve—the sandhill cranes are coming back a couple at a time and the mayfly hatches have already begun. Rainbow trout are moving upstream to spawn and the snow has long since melted. As the summer approaches, we look forward to another amazing season, full of bird sightings, fish stories and beautiful sunrises. These are some just of the wonders The Nature Conservancy hopes to preserve for future generations. We are grateful to all our partners in conservation, to all of the landowners who have contributed conservation protection agreements, and to everyone who values the natural world and its many wonders. In the seasons and years to come we hope to continue our protection work while building stronger relationships in the community. Feel free to contact us at any time for information about our work, for help with your projects, volunteer information, or any other questions you may have.
We hope to see you this spring and summer!
Update on 2007 Projects:
NEW!!! Real Time Gauge-
Creek. We have commissioned the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to install a real-time water gauge at the sportsman’s access that will measure Silver Creek flows and temperatures. This information will be immediately available on line and will be complete early in the summer.
NEW!!! Weather site-
Kilpatrick Pond feasibility study-
Macroinvertibrate (bugs) study-
Fish and macroinvertibrate sampling-
New Zealand Mud Snail Update-
● Opening Day Party- Come join us to celebrate the launch of another fabulous summer season! Open house and barbecue at the visitor center, 3:30 – 7 pm on May 26th
● A Day at Silver Creek- The preserve staff will host ”A Day at Silver Creek” on July 28th , an all-day event that will include bird watching, fly tying, a nature walk, and a barbecue.
● Weed Night - In collaboration with Blaine County, the preserve staff will host an evening to learn about noxious weeds, invasive species, and different methods of control. Working together, we can develop a plan for invasive species control throughout the valley, June 13th
● Natural History Walks - Natural history walks will take place every other Saturday throughout the summer. Please call for a schedule or check on-line at www.idahonature.org
● ‘A Watershed Event- the Silver Creek Symposium’- TNC will be holding the second Silver Creek Symposium this fall. Details will be announced. Save the date!! Oct. 27th
● Visitor Center- The visitor center will be open daily from 8:30- 1:30, May 26- Sept 28.
● Volunteering- We always welcome volunteers, for the day or week or hour. Please contact us if you are interested.
● Information- You can always find information about Silver Creek and The Nature Conservancy at www.idahonature.org. In addition, www.savesilvercreek.com, has a wealth of information about Silver Creek. Compiling historic information about Silver Creek into a useable and accessible format is an ongoing process, so if you have specific questions, feel free to contact the Silver Creek office (788-7910).
The preserve is fully staffed this year. Come by to meet the staff any time or give us a call if you are interested in joining the team!
● Trish Klahr, Watershed Manager
● Dayna Gross, Preserve Manager
● Keri York, Preserve Assistant
● Andy Pelsma, Intern
● Avery McKenzie, Intern
● Ruth Douglas, Frank Hayes, Jerry and Cheryl Jeffery—our full-time volunteers.
We look forward to seeing you out here this year!!!
P.O. Box 624
Picabo, Idaho 83348
(208) 788-7910 email@example.com