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A Day with the Cub Scouts at Camas NWR

If you would, please enter this into our chapter website when you can. It is about the day with area cub scouts at Camas NLR
on Saturday, April 11:

"Several members of Upper Snake Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists gathered at Camas National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 11, as about 83 cub scouts from a number of smaller communities in the upper Snake plain visited the

Hawk Survey

On Jan.31, Dave Godfrey and Evan Tibbott conducted a third winter hawk survey in the Mud Lake - Monteview area. The results were similar to the one conducted in December, focusing mainly on the annual migration of rough-legged hawks into the Upper Snake Plain. A total of 41 rough-legged hawks were counted, plus three adult bald eagles, one northern harrier and one kestrel.

A Visit with the Palisades Creek Mountain Goat Herd

On Sunday, Jan. 5, Glenn DeVoe and Evan Tibbott drove to Alpine, Wyoming to look for a group of mountain goats that had been reported in the area. An estimated 35 animals were observed browsing on the south-facing slope within a half mile of town in small Bands and one large group of approximately 20. With good thermal cover, they were grazing mostly on bitterbrush, occasionally pawing the ground for other edibles. Despite numerous sightseers, they seemed unperturbed by the attention. Two of them came down to the road while we were parked less than thirty feet away taking pictures.

Along the Trail

Along the Trail

For those of you who may have grown used to my ramblings about things that happened in other places long past, the following should offer something a little more contemporary.

After coming to southeast Idaho in 1967, my skiing
picked up considerably with discovery of the opportunities
that abounded in the region. My main focus was at Kelly
Canyon, where I became involved in patrolling a network of
trails that were being developed in the back country. These
activities expanded with the opening of Harriman State

A Night in the Forest

During the weekend of Aug. 2nd and 3rd, I spent Saturday night in my camper near where I volunteer for the Forest Service at Mesa Falls each weekend. After a busy day and some reading in the cab to while away a couple hours, I settled in for the night. Off about a hundred feet, the night light in the owner's trailer burned for a while, and finally went out. In the distance, the soft roar of the falls provided the only counterpoint to the pervading stillness.

A Day on the Refuge

The day started out with clear skies and a chill north
wind sweeping down across Camas National Wildlife Ref-
uge as Mary Dolven and Evan Tibbott of the Upper Snake
Chapter of IMN prepared for two groups of cub scouts. A
program known as "Go Outside" has been an ongoing
activity there since 2010 and has included Therese Lloyd,
who was away on Saturday. The day begins with an intro-
ductory talk about the purpose of the refuge for migrating
waterfowl and song birds, its operation and source of wat-
er, and an overview of the national wildlife refuge system

A Perspective from the Past

   At moments when there is nothing particularly import-
  ent in the air, I sometimes recall events that happened in
  earlier times. I like to share them, as they have enriched
  my experiences with nature. Some of them have deepen-
  ed my perception of the forces at work out there. One
  such, I recall while we had a cabin in the central Appala-
  chains during my pre-and-early teen years there.
 
     There were times in the tense, humid atmosphere of a
  summer afternoon, in the pervading quiet, that I suddenly
  felt what I would call a "pulse". There was, as yet, no

Winter Serendipity

    During the 1980's, while undergoing mountaineering search and rescue training with the Nordic Ski Patrol at Ricks Basin in the Tetons, we worked in pairs in completion of a nighttime map and compass route to locate, evaluate and prepare simulated "victims" for extrication from back country emergencies. We also practiced belaying of injured people from difficult situations. After constructing snow cave in a large drift for a two night bivouac and getting up a meal, we received our course assignments.

Returning from Harriman

Returning from a recent ski outing at Harriman State Park in eastern Idaho, I left Route 20 at Ashton and followed the Henry's Fork Historic Byway into St. Anthony. The route is about 14 miles long and winds through open, rolling landscape sprinkled with a scattering of farms and ranches occasionally interspersed with undeveloped patches of sagebrush, crossing the river three times. The spector of the Teton Range fills the eastern horizon for entire route.

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