Evan Tibbott's blog

"Be Outside" Cub Scout Outing at Camas NWR, October 7, 2010

This is from our visit to the Camas Refuge today, Oct. 7. Mary Dolven, Gloria and Evan teamed up to provide cub  scouts from three combined packs a tour of the refuge. We had 13 boys and their leaders. The group was given an overview of the Camas National Wildlife Refuge and its importance to migrating waterfowl and many species of songbirds. This refuge is a vital link along the Pacific Flyway, providing a place where migrating birds can find nesting sites, shelter, food and water as they travel during fall and spring migrations.

"Be Outside" Program at Camas NWR

Just to give you an update on things - Evan led a small group of cub scouts (5 boys, with ReAnne Otley and one other leader) at Camas NWR Saturday afternoon in connection with Be Outside. We met at 1:30 at the refuge parking lot, where the tour began with a discussion on the purpose of the Camas NWR and how it is a vital part of the Pacific Flyway. The afternoon was very warm - mid 80's. From there, we took a tour along the paved pathway along Camas Creek, which is completely dry this time of year.

Woods Creek Fen Tour

On Saturday,Sept, 18, about 40 people gathered for a tour of the
Woods Creek Fen, near Driggs in the Teton Valley. The 60 acre section that
the group toured has been set aside with educational signs and a park-
ing area along the Bates Road, 2 miles west of town. Part of a larger,
4,000 acre fen area, this unique example of the diversity found in the
eastern Idaho region and the Teton Valley itself, its preservation is
due, largely, to the generosity of former Teton Valley resident, Fred

Bear Fair at Condon ("On the Road" continued...)

    There was another phase of this trip, maybe I should have mentioned, that might have a more direct connection with the interests of our group. I happened to arrive at my friends' place on the weekend they were having a Bear Fair, as it was advertised, on the grounds of the Hungry Bear Restaurant. We all went over and took in the booths and festivities, which included a demonstration in the use of bear spray. This would be a good thing for anyone anticipating hiking or camping in bear country.

On the Road: Northwestern Montana to Idaho

Inasmuch as I have not written anything for awhile, I thought the following might be of interest from the aspect of our natural resources work.

Mesa Falls

      Mary Dolven was back with  her work at Mesa Falls Sunday, July 4th, having recovered well from the surgery on her leg. She and Evan, and Karleeen Janssen of the staff had about all they could handle, as visitors flocked into the area all day. But it was rewarding to see so many out for for holiday and enjoying this beautiful area. Thus far, as nearly as I have been able to keep track of, visitors from at least 34 states and two Canadian provinces have registered. Undoubtedly, some that I missed.

Weather for June

As I keep weather observations at Rigby, the following is a comparison of the weather for June 2010 with that of June 2009:

Comparisons are listed side-by-side and separated by a semi-colon, thus: 2009 data; 2010 data

Average Daily Maximum temps 70.9; 71.4
Average Daily Minimum temps. 47.8; 47.8

Outing to Coffeepot Rapids

On Wednesday, June 23, Glenn DeVoe, Wendy and Tim Brockish and Evan Tibbott took advantage of a break in our cool, unsettled spring weather to visit the scenic Coffeepot Rapids area of Island Park. Accessed by a nice hiking trail that begins at the Lower Coffeepot Campground across the road from Macks Inn, it is one of the most scenic and remote areas of the Island Park caldera.

A Sound I'll Never Forget

A Sound I'll Never Forget

Back in 1964, while traveling down the Lochsa River of northern Idaho,
I heard a sound I'll never forget. I had pulled off the two-lane highway
at one of the campgrounds in the Powell District of the Clearwater National
Forest. As I was walking around in this deep forest, I caught a single
note - a pause - then another note on a different pitch. It had an isolat-
ed,primitive sound that seemed to ring of deep, remote woods. The note was
repeated at several, varying levels. It was beautiful. I later found out