Researchers are studying how climate change affects a bird that only lives in Idaho
The Cassia Crossbill is the only bird species endemic to Idaho, residing exclusively in two mountain ranges — the South Hills, south of Twin Falls, and the Albion Mountains to the east. With just a few thousand birds in total and only a small range to roam, researchers already believed the species could be heading toward extinction when, in 2020, a large wildfire burned through a significant portion of the lodgepole pine in its territory. Now, researchers are trying to assess the damage.
Read more about the Cassia Crossbill in this fascinating article from Boise Public Radio here.
Stories of the Snake:
A bird’s-eye view
By: Idaho Conservation League
Featuring an Interview with Pat Weber, PFA’s Conservation Chair
From year-round endemic Cassia Crossbills to waterfowl passing through during the winter, countless bird species can be identified in and around southern Idaho’s Snake River watershed. The steep black basalt canyon walls provide shelter, the water supports plants and a nesting habitat for waterfowl, and the surrounding forests and sagebrush steppe offer sustenance for many species. Hidden amongst the reeds, willows, sagebrush sea, and thick timbered forests, you’ll find birders with binoculars glued to their eyes and spotting scopes in tow. Unlike many other recreational activities along the Snake, birdwatching requires people to slow down, be present, and pay attention to the minute details as they put the visual puzzle pieces together to positively identify the birds before them. Read more here.
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