uges and Creston Valley Wildlife
Management Area. At each one
you could easily spend two or three
days exploring and discovering the
birds and other wildlife.
Kootenai NWR, Idaho
Kootenai NWR lies in the
Idaho panhandle at the southern
tip of the Selkirk Loop, just a few
miles west of the town of Bonners
Ferry. Its 2,800 acres are filled
with wetlands, meadows, riparian
forests, cultivated fields, ponds
and marshes, and several creeks.
Western tanager, male.
The refuge’s bird checklist is
more than 220 species, about 100
of which nest there.
One of the refuge’s main attractions is a 4.5-mile autoroute that
traverses brush-covered dikes,
lush grasslands, and 800 acres of
ponds where you’ll easily see cinnamon teal and redhead ducks.
Along the marshes and grasslands
below, you’ll see the constant
motion of waterfowl moving to
and fro as they forage throughout
the morning hours. Atop the autoroute, the few trees surrounded
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