Mountain Bluebird Male, Lost Valley, Idaho

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Mountain Bluebirds are in trouble. While in some of their range, populations are stable after years of decline, in other areas the Mountain Bluebird numbers are still declining. One of the reasons for the decline is that bluebirds, which nest in cavities, are being out-competed by Eurasian Starlings, an invasive species. A classic scene: a…

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Endangered Species: Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel


The Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel is an Idaho endemic; Spermophilus brunneus is found only in west-central Idaho. This area consists of five counties which have an elevation between 1,150 and 1,550 meters. It requires forest meadows for habitat. Intensive forestry management – some would say mis-management – and extreme wildfire events have destroyed much of that…