Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Paddle the Kootenai River

To commemorate explorer David Thompson’s travels through the Kootenai, we will follow living historians in period clothing from the Northwest Brigade of the American Mountain Men as they retrace 14 miles of this historic water route from the Boundary County boat launch, located just south of the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, to Ball Creek Ranch. Author Jack Nisbet will join Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff to discuss the history, flora and fauna of the valley. Registration deadline is May 5.

Date: Saturday, May 13 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kootenai River, Deep Creek Boat Launch
Cost: $50/person [includes paddling equipment]
Limit: 25
Contact: Steve Grourke at [208] 676-8176


On Friday, four moose were sighted on Silver Creek Preserve, the first moose sightings of the season. Over the past several years, moose have been regularly spotted on the preserve, a real treat for many of our visitors. Walk quietly along the nature trails and you may be rewarded with a sighting of moose, and many other wildlife.

Moose are also regularly spotted on our Ball Creek Ranch Preserve and Flat Ranch Preserve. Please give the moose plenty of space, though, as they can be dangerous if approached too closely.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

An Earth Day Message from Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, board member for The Nature Conservancy of Idaho, shares his thoughts on Earth Day as part of The Nature Conservancy's "Messages of Hope" program.

You can also read Earth Day messages by primatologist Jane Goodall, former President Jimmy Carter, NASCAR driver Ward Burton and many others.

Share your love of love of nature with a loved one, with a free card featuring Tom Hanks. Remind a friend or family member that Earth Day is April 22nd and save paper when you send any of The Nature Conservancy's special nature ecards.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Send a free conservation e-card

Send a free Nature Conservancy electronic card to a friend.

Sign up now for Silver Creek Volunteer Days

Spend a day along one of the prettiest spring creeks in the country, and help The Nature Conservancy improve visitor facilities and restore habitat. Silver Creek Preserve will hold volunteer days on May 13, 19 and 20, and June 2 and 3. Sign up by emailing Lynea Newcomer. Other volunteer and community activities will be announced here throughout the spring and summer--check back often!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Join Nature Conservancy staff and partners at the Ball Creek Ranch Preserve, located north of Bonners Ferry in the Idaho Panhandle, for two days deveoted to the exciting history of this area and current conservation projects. The agenda includes a paddling tour of the Kootenai River, a historical re-enactment of the David Thompson expedition and a seminar on non-native weeds. Email Steve Grourke for more information.

Blaine County 2025: Our Vision for the Future

The Conservancy's Laura Hubbard and Trish Klahr describe The Nature Conservancy's vision for Blaine County--"one where agriculture, abundant wildlife and a world-renowned spring creek flourish together"--in this week's Wood River Journal and Idaho Mountain Express.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nature's Spectacles: Spring Sage Grouse Displays

The snow has barely begun to melt in most places, but in the sagebrush country across Idaho, the sage grouse are returning to their annual display grounds. Each spring, male grouse puff up, strut and pop air sacs on these display grounds, called leks. It's one of the most memorable natural spectacles in Idaho.

Sage grouse are in decline throughout their range. The Nature Conservancy is working in Idaho to protect some of the most important sage grouse habitat left. The Crooked Creek Project, located northwest of Dubois, is a model for sage grouse management on working lands. The Conservancy is working with partners, like the North American Grouse Partnership, to protect and improve wildlife habitat.

Some of the best remaining sagebrush habitat, for grouse and other wildlife, is in the Owyhees in southwestern Idaho. Here, The Nature Conservancy is part of the Owyhee Initiative, a cooperative effort to protect sagebrush habitat and the ranching culture of the Owyhees.

Thanks to dedicated Nature Conservancy supporter and bird photographer Bob Griffith for use of these photos, all taken on Crooked Creek Ranch.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Foothills Learning Center Offers Summer Programs

The Idaho Statesman announced a full schedule this summer for the Foothills Learning Center, located in Boise in the Hulls Gulch Reserve, off the 8th Street extension. The Nature Conservancy helped fund this center dedicated to environmental education, as part of our outreach to educate people about conserving the Boise Foothills.