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Southeast Region

Camas National Wildlife Refuge

Nearest Town: Hamer
Site Size: 10,500 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Open sunrise - sunset. Seasonal gate closure-site still accessible. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #150; E 0.4 mi to Hamer; at T intersection, L (N) for 3 mi; L (W) onto E 2350 N; cross I-15 on overpass; enter Camas NWR in 2 mi; park at refuge office; pick up bird list and map on information board; bird many footpaths near office; paved trail leading to observation deck can be accessed at N edge of parking lot, follow map to drive auto tour.

Description: Camas NWR supports diverse avifauna because of its diverse habitats. The refuge is primarily a waterfowl and waterbird refuge, but also supports sagebrush-steppe fauna. Numerous nesting waterfowl (Redhead, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Lesser Scaup, and Canada Goose), waterbirds (Pied-billed and Horned Grebes, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane), shorebirds (Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Snipe and Phalarope) and at least one pair of Trumpeter Swans. Colonial breeders here include Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes, Great Blue and Black-crowned Night-Herons, Snowy, Great, and Cattle Egrets, White-faced Ibis, Franklin’s Gull, and Black Tern. A pair of Peregrine Falcons use the hack tower annually. The area is a fall staging area for Sandhill Crane and a wintering area for Bald Eagle. Migrating shorebirds (other than breeders) include: Semipalmated Plover, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and Western and Least Sandpipers. During migration, Wilson’s, MacGillivray’s, and Orange-crowned Warblers (all common), Northern Waterthrush (uncommon), and various flycatchers can be seen regularly.

More Information:
USFW (208) 662-5423
Rigby Chamber of Commerce (208)745-8473

Camas NWR Marsh
Photo Copyright Sasha Keyels
Snow Geese
Photo Copyright Rob Larranaga
Orange-crowned Warbler
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneBoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

grassland Graph illustrating 25% 25%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 50% 50%
other Graph illustrating 25% 25%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N Y Y N Y Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y N Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N AM
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsCranesFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPelicans and CormorantPigeons and DovesRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesStarlingSwallowsTanagersTernsThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWeaver FinchWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper


    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species

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