Greater Sage Grouse male, lekking, Bennett Mountain, Idaho

Trump and the Greater Sage Grouse


Donald Trump wouldn’t know a Greater Sage Grouse if it bit him on the ass. He is profoundly ignorant of science, let alone ornithology. He is incurious as well, indifferent to the web of life upon which humanity depends. Characteristically, he has responded to his major campaign donors instead of the science in addressing the…

Long-billed Dowitcher, Blacks Creek Reservoir, July 2017

Birding Blacks Creek Reservoir


WC spent a morning walking around Blacks Creek Reservoir. Blacks Creek is a small, mostly seasonal irrigation reservoir located a few miles southeast of Boise. The reservoir is a patchwork of ownership interests, but an effort led by Golden Eagle Audubon Society a few years ago has created a birding gem. The reservoir varies from…

Sora in habitat, Centennial Marsh, Idaho

Chasing Birds: Rails Edition


“Rails” are a family of birds – the Rallidae – that live and breed in marshy wetlands. Sora are the most abundant and most widely distributed North American rail, breeding from across the Canadian boreal forest (and occasionally in to Alaska) to central Arizona. But being “abundant” and “widely distributed” doesn’t mean “easy to see.”…