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Southwest Region

Hagerman Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Hagerman
Site Size: 880 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Seasonal nesting closure. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #155 (Hagerman/Wendell); zero mileage; W on Hagerman Hwy (2950 S) 8.7 mi; at T intersection, turn L (S) on US 30; S on US 30 to rest area at mp 183.6 to bird the planted trees and dike trail along marsh; 0.3 mi S of the rest area, at mp 183.3, L onto State Fish Hatchery Rd; go 0.4 mi to state and federal fish hatchery.

Description: Hagerman typically winters 30,000-40,000 ducks. Amazing numbers of Bald Eagle and waterfowl can be present during winter especially when other water bodies are frozen. The winter gull flock that roosts on the islands in Riley Pond often contains Herring Gull. Thayer’s, Glaucous, Glaucous-winged Gulls, and other varieties also occur occasionally. Large populations of breeding waterfowl (Mallard, Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Canada Goose), Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Northern Harrier occur within the WMA. During spring and summer, waterbirds (American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, California Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Forster’s Tern), shorebirds (Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew) are common. During migration, Common Loon, Tundra Swan, and other shorebirds can be seen.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 324-4359
Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce (208)837-9131

Photo CC by Attribution
Idaho Fish and Game
Hagerman WMA
Photo Copyright IDFG
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Glaucous Gull
Photo Copyright Ryan Brady

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

other Graph illustrating 35% 35%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 50% 50%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 15% 15%

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

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsTernsWood WarblersWrens 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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