HOMEOWNER REMINDER                                                    

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        Local landscape cultivar kill wildlife                     Japanese Yews are Toxic                       Remove & Dispose Or Cover Securely

   Last winter a combined  one hundred one elk, deer and antelope died from ingesting, Japanese Yews located in residential  landscapes. Heavy snowfalls, extensive freezing temperatures and fire damaged habitat drove elk  deer  and antelope to seek shelter in lower elevations along the Boise River Corridor.

The river corridor once winter range for wildlife is now populated  with residential development. Unfortunately before last winter, and to the detriment of wildlife, most homeowners were unaware that the Japanese Yew was toxic. Following the wildlife deaths many  homeowners took prudent steps and removed any Japanese Yew from landscaping to prevent poisoning. During winter months the plant holds the highest concentration of toxicity and most mammals can die from ingesting only a small amount of needles.

Kindly check your yard for Japanese Yew and related varieties of the species. If you have Japanese Yew in your yard  please consider immediate removal and replacement with non-toxic plants. If you cannot remove the Japanese yew before winter arrives please fully wrap and completely cover the Japanese yew with heavy burlap securing wrap to the ground level.  Monitor the plant wrapping daily to be certain that wildlife have not torn through the burlap during the winter months, when food sources are scarce. See available video to help you  identify Japanese Yew.     

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  Blaine County Public Outreach Flyer after county ban on Japanese Yew


 BURLAP       WRAPPING       AVAILABILITY  

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- Home Depot –  3639 E Federal Way, Boise  (208) 388-8500 - Call ahead for in-store pick-up – Sku Number 3466783-Foot x 24-Foot rolls - $10.27/roll (40 rolls currently in stock)

- Home Depot – 1200 Milwaukee Street, Boise (208) 375-1886 - Call ahead for in-store pick-up – Sku Number 3466783-Foot x 24-Foot rolls - $10.27/roll (31 rolls currently in stock)

- Thriftway Home Center – Ace True Value - 4705 W. State St., Boise (208) 342-1668 No burlap but 9-foot x 12-foot 10oz canvas painter’s drop clothes available, $27.99/each

- Thriftway Home Center – Ace True Value - 2050 Broadway Ave., Boise (208) 336-7330No burlap but 9-foot x 12-foot 10oz canvas painter’s drop clothes available, $27.99/each

- Lowes, Boise – No burlap in stock until spring – canvas painter’s drop clothes available

- D & B Supply Store, Garden City – No burlap in stock until  next spring                    

 








     
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              101 Idaho elk, mule deer and antelope                                         deaths from eating Japanese Yew               

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        MORE   PICTURES   BELOW          HELP  HOMEOWNERS  IDENTIFY                         JAPANESE  YEW (Taxus cuspidata)
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Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) is a non-native cultivar evergreen plant with flat rather than the round leaves of other conifers. Dubbed the "tree of death" by Cornell University, all species of Taxus are toxic. The newer growth is pale green in color typically found on the underside. The red berry belongs to female plants whose seed is poisonous when broken. Deer shown below in a natural winter habitat reveals a stark contrast in comparison with the landscaped cultivar of yews. Wildlife fatalities that occurred from consumption of the toxic plant last winter raised  public awareness to an all time high and changed Idaho consumer buying patterns.












      

























 


                                   





                                                                             


                                                                                              







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                     A Very Special "thank you"  to all forty-four members that                                                  Joined us for ... "THE WINTER STORYwildlife on the Boise Front                        Thursday, November 9, 2017  6:30-8:00 PM  at Bown Crossing Library                                                                   RSVP:44                                                                                   

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Image result for bitterbrush steppe              Watch this video                  for before and after  conditions of the 2016 Table Rock Wildfire. 


 




Then watch the process as volunteers work to restore habitat with native vegetation


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  The 2016 summer wildfire that burned Table Rock and the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA) was a dynamic force that change the face of the foothills. The foothills are home to residential deer and elk that migrate to the lower elevations of  the BRWMA for winter. The BRWMA provides winter range for migration herds as well as habitat for a variety of wildlife year round. While the fire resulted in the loss of habitat, there is opportunity to re-establish foundation plantings and ward off proliferation of cheat grass.  To restore a healthful foothills habitat requires volunteer work for many years to come. Please consider joining ecologist, Mike Pellant and other volunteers gathering  sagebrush seeds this year. You can be part of a legacy working to restore foothills habitat. Day trips for seed harvest  are determined by weather and are slated for  December 9th.  Please register to volunteer:  info@hrwma.org    





Image result for bitterbrush in idaho                                                                SAGE BRUSH (Artemisia tridentate)  one of two main                                                  foundation plantings for  habitat in the Boise Foothills

Sage brush is a native shrub and a primary food source that serves as a foundation for wildlife habitat. Although sage brush provides winter nutrition for deer and elk, the desert sage grouse relies almost exclusively on the shrub for food year round. These desert shrubs commonly reach maturity between 2 and 4 feet tall, but heights can be found taller in areas with high level of precipitation. Aromatic blooms comes in late summer or early fall, and the foothills are dappled with the conspicuous golden yellow flower. Sagebrush is defined by a sharp odor, especially after rain. Or get a whiff up close when the leaves are crushed and rubbed between your fingers. The deep taproot makes the sagebrush capable of  drought tolerance, and the gnarl twisted trunks indicate endurance. As tough as the sagebrush look  the shrub requires help re-establishing  after fire. Re- growth is often problematic in the rising  heat of the desert without adequate rainfall. It is estimated that 50% of the sagebrush steppe has diminished over the last fifty years and volunteer effort to re-establish plantings  is an  essential step to minimize the impact of the table rock fire on local wildlife habitat.  

                                                BITTERBRUSH  (Purshia tridentate)  another foundation                                                   planting for habitat in the Boise Foothills  

Bitterbrush like sage brush is another staple food source for wildlife and the other foundation shrub of the foothills. Another native to the steppe, this shrub  was once quite common across the Boise foothills. It is easily recognized by its broad reaching branches. Mature bitterbrush can have heights of 6 to 15 feet tall with a width of 4 to 6 feet.  It produces fragrant, small, bright yellow flowers in the spring. Top sides of the three lobed leaves are bright to olive green and the undersides are whitish colored due to soft white hairs. Bitterbrush packs a lot of nutrition with a high protein content during the winter months. This makes it the “go to” plant for mule deer when snow covers other native food sources. Deer more delicate in statue than elk are unable to successfully dig into the snow and find food source as readily, and rely heavily on bitterbrush for winter forage.                

                              






Be a part of the working legacy restore the foothills habitat...                                                                                                              






























Volunteers begin restoration of foothills foundation vegetation of sagebrush and bitterbrush by planting seedlings on post wildfire grounds



 

   EXTRA SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS  for WILDLIFE & PLANTS                                   From  HARRIS RANCH HOMEOWNERS  





 









 Harris Ranch continues growing and becoming  a thriving residential community. It is thriving with humans, and surrounded with wildlife. Those lands setting around Harris Ranch are an important home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Our mission is to preserve this habitat. In the past, wildlife once used Harris Ranch property as a migration corridor. These  animals still call the surrounding lands home. The land is  also home to a rich variety of flora.  Many plants are unique to Idaho and preserving the habitat is vital to the continued survival of wildlife. 

  In an effort to ensure the survival of flora and fauna, the HRWMA encourages people to respect this important habitat. When hiking in the Foothills or along the Boise River, stay on designated trails to avoid interaction with wildlife and to protect plants.  Please keep this in mind as you enjoy the Boise foothills.

TRAIL INFO & TIPS:The popular Homestead Trail - part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area (BRWMA) - is once again open for careful  use by foothills recreationists. The trail was closed for some time after the 2016 Table Rock wildfire burned more than 2,500 acres, and another 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat on the BRWMA. Be aware that due to damaged habitat, winter closure may very well occur on the BRWMA for wildlife protection. To afford the greatest protection for wildlife in any season, always have dogs leashed. Dogs chasing wildlife is a known cause of wildlife mortality  particularly in winter. Please be mindful and honor the sacred beauty of wildlife in our community. 



















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Conservation Education Events

    • 06/08/2017
    • 07/29/2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Near Intersection of Highway 21 and Warm Springs Ave.

                

                  Boise River 
Songbird Banding



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     Boise River Songbird BandingFree Event, Space Limited, Get    Ticket at link Below

    Date: Pick your Date: June 8th, June 18th, June 29th, July 8th, July 22nd, July 29th

    Time: 6:40 am to 11:30 am
    Location: Near Intersection of Highway 21 & Warm Springs Ave
    Join the Intermountain Bird Observatory Crew for a morning of songbird banding at our beautiful Boise River Site near the intersection of Warm Springs Ave. & Highway 21! We'll catch, band & release wild songbirds all forming as par of our standardized breeding season monitoring.

    Please register for FREE tickets on eventbrite & to get more details about this event. You do not need to attend all of the dates.
    Click Here to Get Your Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boise-river-songbird-banding-tickets-33228239559

    Location: The Boise River Intermountain Bird Observatory is located near the intersection of Warm Springs Avenue and the Highway 21 bridge, on the north side of the river, starting near the Diversion Dam and continuing over 1 mile downstream. The banding station is located on the south end of the property just upstream of the highway 21 bridge.

                     MAPS & DRIVING DIRECTIONS: 

       Directions to the banding station:

    Approaching from Warm Springs Ave: From where Warm Springs Ave makes a T with Highway 21, drive straight across highway 21 (heading southwest) onto the gravel access road. Drive down toward the greenbelt (past chain link fenced area and “no access” signs) to reach the parking area. 

    Cars may park in the gravel parking area by the old dam turbine (red star on the map). Walk across the greenbelt and around the gates (there will be a “bird banding today” sign). Follow the access road (orange on the map) down to the banding station (marked in purple). If parking is full, use the overflow parking area off of Warm Springs Ave. marked in green. Walk down the greenbelt to the orange access road.


    NOTATIONS:
    • There is Poison Ivy here! Please stay on trails until you have talked to IBO staff about the location of poison ivy patches.
    • There are no restrooms on site. The nearest facilities are a 4 minute drive from the site, at Discovery State Park. We recommend a visit to Discovery before you come to see us :)
    • This site is handicap accessible (vehicle access to banding station). Email us for more information: IBO@boisestate.edu

    http://www.boiseriverenhancement.org/events/songbird-banding-intermountain-bird-observatory/

    • 09/06/2017
    • 01/03/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center


                Birds of Fall & Winter Migration


                      

                    ATTEND ONE  OR ALL SESSIONS! 

     Bird books and binoculars are available to borrow.   

                                 No registration necessary. 

              ~September 6 2017 CLASS: Fall Bird  Migration   

           ~October 4,2017 CLASS: Winter Bird  Migration  

      ~November 1,2017 CLASS: Supporting Wintering Backyard Birds

            ~December 6. 2017 CLASS: Idaho Bird Count! 

             ~January 3, 2018 CLASS: Who's here Now?


     ~The instructor local ornithologist, Terry Riche, provides plentiful information and tips on birds in the Boise area and beyond!  ~

    September 6 ClassCome to learn about the fall migration of birds and the many challenges bird watchers face when trying to identify birds in their non-breeding plumage. Discover what species are going where and which routes they will take to get there  on the migration process. Terry will also share information about conservation issues and what impacts and difficulties birds face while migrating in the travel routes.

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    October 4 Class: Where do our local species go as winter approaches? Discover winter ranges for Idaho species. Some birds are local migrants and others are long distance migrants. Learn about conservation issues and opportunities in Mexico, Central and South America.


    November 1 Class: Learn  how to strategies for supporting  winter resident birds. November class is the session  where you will get recommendations about the best bird seed and feeder choices for the birds in your backyard. Having difficulty figuring out who is who at the feeder? Terry will offer helpful identification tips to keep you in the know!.

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    December 6 Class    Idaho Bird Counts:                                                              & January 3 Class   Who Is Here NowSo how are bird populations doing? These session will provide information about bird population monitoring and population trends. Who collects data? How is data collected? Where is it kept? What does it tell us? How can you contribute? You'll learn about ways to participate in data collection events like the Christmas Bird Count, Big Backyard Bird Count, Breeding Bird Survey and eBird.   

    Keep in mind, the series of Foothills Bird Migration Classes compliment the "Bird Feeder Watch" event. An educational winter companion for homeowners belonging to Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association starting in October and running to April. 

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    • 10/01/2017
    • 04/30/2018
    • YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

                     North America's Winter Feeder Watch


    Check out the website for learning activities:
    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478

    Boise Birds Field Guide: https://parks.cityofboise.org/media/1115563/field-guide-to-boises-birds-101415.pdf


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           NORTH AMERICA FEEDER WATCH    

       REGISTER ON-LINE & BE AN EARLY BIRD!! AIM              FOR OCTOBER1st!! http://feederwatch.org/

      ~Start learning  now about the program and sign up early so you do not miss out! Join others across North America and help count the winter birds! Learn from your own backyard just what birds call Boise their winter home.

    Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

    Anyone interested in birds can participate! FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds.

    New participants are sent a Research Kit with complete instructions for participating, as well as a bird identification poster and more. You provide the feeder(s) and seed. Then each fall participants receive our 16-page, year-end report, Winter Bird Highlights. Participants also receive access to the digital version of Living Bird, the Cornell Lab’s award-winning, quarterly magazine.

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    There is a $18 annual participation fee for U.S. residents ($15 for Cornell Lab members). Canadians can participate by joining Bird Studies Canada for CAN$35. The participation fee covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and the year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights). Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of our participants, this project wouldn’t be possible. ~

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    • 12/21/2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • 03/21/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Harris Ranch and surrounding Foothills
    Register
                                                      
                                                                

           


                     

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    Wildlife Sighting Scoreboard Class  I SPY...   track of the time, date, place what kind of wildlife, how many & conditions


                                                

          Class Schedule:  December 21, 2017- March 21, 2018

     MULE DEER

    Over 7,000 mule deer winter in the Boise River Wildlife Management Area, adjacent to Harris Ranch development. View this 4-minute video on deer migration in Wyoming; the deer in the Boise Foothills migrate similar distances from their summer range.

     

      Long-Billed Curlew

    The long-billed curlew is the largest sandpiper in North America. Adults have a very long bill curved downwards, a long neck and a small head; the female has a much longer bill than the male. Read more.

    HTTPS://IDFG.IDAHO.GOV/OLD-WEB/DOCS/WILDLIFEEXPRESS/2015DEC.PDF


       Pronghorn

    The pronghorn is the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere -
    it can run 35 mph
    for 4 miles; 42 mph for 1 mile; and 55 mph for half a mile!  It is often cited as the second-fastest land animal, second only to the cheetah.


     

      Amphibians

    At Harris Ranch, amphibians can likely be found along or near the Boise River, the artificial trout spawning stream, in wetland areas, and along or near canals. Although generally associated with wet areas, some amphibian species can range quite a distance from a given water source. For those species the much of the total Harris Ranch property may be important habitat

         
       Elk

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    grassy meadows, marshy meadows, 
    river flats, aspen
    parkland, as well as coniferous forests, brushy clearcuts,
    forest edges, and shrub steppe. Some populations live
    year-round in sagebrush desert, using grass-shrub for 
    feeding and tall shrub  or pole timber for resting in spring. 

     

       Great Blue Heron

    Great blue herons (Ardea herodias) can be found on freshwater http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3349/3206832143_892016d9c6_o.jpg
    and brackish marshes, along lakes, rivers, bays, lagoons,
     ocean beaches, fields, and meadows. In Idaho, the species follows major watercourses. Herons build their nests in trees, sometimes in shrubs, and rarely on the ground. They nests in colonies (or rookeries). Colony size can vary from few pairs to hundreds of pairs; a colony may be displaced by Bald Eagles.  


      
     






      
      

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                  All photos: Courtesy of Idaho Department of Fish & Game

    Wintering Wildlife Scoreboard Class
     Wildlife Sightings
     Wildlife Sightings 
     12/21/17 
    3/21/18


    • 01/21/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JIM HALLS FOOTHILLS LEARNING CENTER:3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID 83702


                             Winter Family Bird Walk January 21, 2018 10AM till Noon      


                                

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    LOCATION: Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, Sunset Peak Road, Boise,

              DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10am – NooN

    EVENT DESCRIPTION: Meet at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center parking lot to join Golden Eagle Audubon Society  in a stroll through the     Hull's Gulch area. We hope to catch a glimpse of an owl or two and     possibly even an overwintering Anna's hummingbird. Binoculars and     guidebooks will be provided. Dress warmly and bring refreshment.

     READ MORE: STATESMAN ARTICLE LINK WINTERING OWLS: 

           http://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/playing-    outdoors/article78557122.html

                                               To Register Contact:                                                                           Alex Takasugi: geasfieldtrips@gmail.com                                                               or call  (208) 484-9132

            Please always check link below for more information                                      and for confirmation of event:

           http://www.goldeneagleaudubon.org/Family-Bird-Walks


    • 02/15/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 600 S. Walnut Street Boise Idaho 83712


                   MK NATURE CENTER  an evening with a raptor   



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           LOCAL BLM Experts Presents...                                                                                                                   RAPTORS UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

    • Come soar with the Raptors from the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
    • 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of Idaho's only National Conservation Area. Help us celebrate by meeting the birds of prey Animal Ambassadors up close. 
    • You will also learn about the unique habitat in Boise's backyard that is home to the greatest concentration of nesting raptors in North America. This program is sure to ruffle your feathers!
    • Families will enjoy a wild, educational presentation by a BLM educator with live animals and a take-home activity for the kids. Youngester Friendly!          


                        WHEN: FEBRUARY 15, 2018  FROM: 6-8:30 PM                                                          &  WHERE: MK NATURE CENTER 

    no fees charged for more information:                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/events/379457692498480/


    Related image                                                   Photo credit: Idaho Department of Fish & Game;                                                   Snake River Birds of Prey National Recreation Area




Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to implement the Harris Ranch Wildlife Impact Assessment and Management Plan, which prescribes actions to avoid and reduce adverse impacts to wildlife associated with development. 

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