County Big Years
Dr. Stephen Lindsay did a Big Year in 2001. He attempted to see 200 birds in Kootenai County during the year 2001. He tallied up only 199 and on January 1, 2002 he found a Snowy Owl on Rathdrum Prairie. Had he found it the day before he would have made his 200. This gave me the idea of doing a Kootenai County Big Year as a group. I started this project in 2002 and published our progress on the two list serves, Inland-nw-birders and IBLE. The idea of doing County Big Years caught on. Twenty-four out of 43 Idaho Counties are doing Big Years this year. The results are posted on www.idahobirds.net. Shoshone, Bonner and Benewah counties are also our Audubon website. Washington State birders are now doing county big years.
Kootenai County Spring Arrivals and first date seen for the year 2002 - 2012
This is a chart showing the first date a species was observed for the year. In the case of migrants, it would be a first arrival date (although the bird could likely have arrived a day or two earlier but was not observed and reported until the date given). Because of the size of the chart, it is presented on three web pages. If you want to see who reported it and where, check the Kootenai County Big year pages. You can compare Kootenai County arrival dates with other counties doing Big Years on www.idahobirds.net.
Checklist of Birds Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
This checklist is compiled by Lisa Hardy. It is a PDF file and may be printed out (2 pages). Click here for checklist
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes traverses a diverse array of habitats, including some of the best birding locales in North Idaho. Ranging over 1100' feet in elevation, from the shore of Coeur d'Alene Lake at 2150' to the mixed conifer forest around Mullan at 3250', and including wetlands, agricultural fields, urban streetscapes, cottonwood groves, and deep water, the Trail bisects all the major low-elevation habitat types found in North Idaho. This habitat profile yields a potential list of 189 species, plus an additional 48 very rare specie
Science in Action: From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season. Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action. Read More
Our Chapter sponsors three Christmas Bird Counts
- Coeur d'Alene -compiled by Shirley Sturts
- Spirit Lake - compiled by Shirley Sturts
- Indian Mountain - compiled by Don Heikkila
- Coeur d'Alene 1992-2005
- Coeur d'Alene 2006-2013
- Coeur d'Alene 2013-2014
- Spirit Lake 2013-2014
- Spirit Lake 1997-present
- Indian Mountain 2010-2012
Every year we do a Century Count covering one of the 5 northern counties. Our goal is see if we can find at 100 or more species in one day. This is an all day effort, from around 5 a.m. to dusk.
- Benewah County 2003 and 2008
- Bonner County 2005 and 2010
- Boundary County 2009
- Kootenai County 2011
- Shoshone County 2002, 2007, 2012
Compiled by Lisa Hardy 2009-2011
Compiled by Doug Ward 2012-2013
Doug Ward designed a Rathdrum Prairie Winter Raptor Survey Route. .This survey is part of a larger project organized by the East Cascades Audubon Society out of Bend, Oregon, to help determine population densities for birds-of-prey which spend their winters in our region. These surveys, affectionately known as “Raptor Runs”, are set up to transect areas which are known wintering grounds for primarily the larger raptors (principally the Buteo hawks).
Click on the dates below for the results.
Compiled by Doug Ward