Thursday, July 12, 2012

Expect the unexpected on Flat Ranch

Howdy from the Flat Ranch Preserve! But wait…is it already July?
Help keep the invasive mussels from
spreading, use the new wader wash at Flat
Ranch Preserve. Photo by TNC staff.

The weeks seem to be flying by here. There hasn’t been a dull moment since the summer kicked into full gear. We haven’t been lonely either, as more and more wildlife seem to venture out of the woods and onto the Preserve. Herds of elk saunter through the pastures almost daily, and several bald eagles are regularly seen perching stoically on fence posts – almost as if a tribute to the Fourth of July. We’ll soon see a lot more of whatever the willows hide with our newly installed wildlife camera, which is a motion activated camera that we have perched near an active game trail on the far reaches of the Preserve. From my time here, I’ve quickly learned that its safe to expect the unexpected, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted with our finds from the camera!
In fishing news, we’re experiencing warmer waters due to the soaring outside temperatures, thus the fish have been a little sluggish. However, don’t let this discourage you. The valiant few that have recently trekked down to the stream have still been rewarded with fish well inside the 18- to 24-inch range. I recommend a small brown PMD to stir them from their slumber. Even if you’re not in the mood to cast a line, come by anyways to make a quick scrub stop and prevent the spread of invasive species with our recently installed wader wash station in the parking lot. Thanks to generous contributions from Idaho Fish and Wildlife Biologist Jessica Buelow, we’ve built our own station to wash off your waders so we can keep catching massive trout rather than zebra mussels here in the Henry’s Fork watershed. More news to come, so come on by until that time!


Anonymous said...

Do you kill only the Buffalo that wander in?

TNC Idaho said...

Thank you for sharing your concerns. We have issued a statement regarding our position:

The Conservancy has long been a leader in bison management and conservation, returning bison to a number of its preserves across the Great Plains and, most recently, into northern Mexico.

Anonymous said...

I've never been to Idaho, but after hearing that your state has killed two Bison recently makes me wonder what you people are thinking. Don't think I would ever want to visit or vacation there. Instead of "returning bison to a number of its preserves across the Great Plains" why don't you just leave them alone. You people afraid of them or something? Killing them makes you guys look ignorant.

TNC Idaho said...

A great deal of misinformation has been circulating about the killing of a bull bison by the Idaho Department of Agriculture in Idaho’s Henry’s Lake Flats.

The bison was not shot on Nature Conservancy property. The Conservancy was not responsible in any way for the killing of the bison. Our staff and volunteers in Idaho are saddened about this unfortunate situation and the death of the bison.

To read our full statement of accuracy regarding this incident, go to:

Sources that reported inaccurate statements regarding The Nature Conservancy's involvement in this incident have since issued corrections.