Celebrating National Public Lands Day
A small, but enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers celebrated the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day at an early event by replacing 18 birdhouses in central Idaho’s Chilly Slough Wetland. The birdhouses will provide nesting places for cavity-nesting birds such as swallows, bluebirds and chickadees. The birdhouses were built prior to the event by high school students gaining community experience. This 3,000-acre natural spring-fed wetland is home to 157 species of wildlife and is managed in partnership with private landowners and state and federal agencies. The public and state lands are open to canoeing, wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing in season and nature photography.
Photos courtesy of Bart Zwetzig, BLM Challis Field Office Wildlife Biologist