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Mitigation Fee Refunds

New homeowners have an incentive to participate in conservation education and volunteer opportunities at Harris Ranch. Two-thirds ($200) of the $300 deed transfer fee paid at closing will be refunded to homeowners who participate in two wildlife education events or conservation projects ($100/activity). Find a listing of HRWMA-approved activities below. You must participate within the first two years after closing on your home.
To request a reimbursement, print and fill out one HRWMA Participation Form for each activity. Take the form with you to the activity and have the activity leader sign the form, then mail it to the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association at: HRWMA, PO Box 1949, Boise, ID 83701.
Click here for form: HRWMA Participation Form   Participation Forms can be mailed to you upon request.

Upcoming events

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

    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.

    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.


    NOTES:
    • 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/

    • 06/18/2017
    • 07/15/2017
    • Boise Foothills - HRWMA will contact volunteers with meeting location & Date/Time

    Bitterbrush Seed Collection with the HRWMA
    Date: Late June or early July
    Time: 6pm (tentative Start Time)
    Location: Boise Foothills (we will contact participates with meeting location)


    Join the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association as we collect bitterbrush seed in the Boise Foothills for habitat restoration projects. Bitterbrush is crucial food source for deer and elk as well as important habitat for native birds, rabbits and reptiles. We will head into the foothills in the evening to hit bitterbrush bushes with rackets and catch the seed as it falls. The date of the event will be determined as the seed ripens. We expect a weekday evening in late June or early July.

    Contact mailto:info@hrwma.org  to sign up to volunteer. We will keep you posted on date & time.


    2015 Bitterbrush collection volunteers!

    • 06/29/2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Library! at Bown Crossing – Marti Brennan Room, 2153 E Riverwalk Dr, Boise, ID 83706

    Rattlesnake Awareness & Hunting Trap Release/Avoidance Class - Stay safe while living alongside wildlife
    Date: Thursday, June 29th    Free Event
    Location:
    Library! at Bown Crossing – Marti Brennan Rm, 2153 E Riverwalk Dr
    Time: 7:00 pm  Please RSVP- info@hrwma.org to save a seat
    The Boise foothills are an amazing place to live and explore. The area is also home to the Great Basin Rattlesnake and furbearing hunting traps. This class offered by the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association and Idaho Fish & Game will teach you what to be aware of outdoors. We will learn about where rattlesnakes are found and how to react safely if you come across rattlesnakes. We will also learn what to do if you, or your pet, find or are caught in a hunting trap. Idaho Fish and Game will bring various types of traps to show how to recognize and avoid traps and how to release yourself or a pet if caught in a trap and while out on walks.


    • 07/05/2017
    • 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    • Foothills Learning Center- 3188 Sunset Peak Rd.

    BOISE BIRDING SERIES – Bird Identification 
    Free Event - no registration required 
    Date: Wed., July 5th 
    Time: 6:00 am to 7:00 am 
    Location: Foothills Learning Center3188 Sunset Peak Rd.

    The FLC free birding program is the 1st Wed. of every month. Go to one or all sessions! It is great for experienced and novice birders alike. Terry Rich, our local ornithologist, provides information and tips on birds in the Boise area and beyond!  Bird books and binoculars are available to borrow. 

    Bird Identification 
    We will focus on identifying the most common birds coming through Hulls' Gulch. This is the perfect time of year to catch a glimpse of our regulars! There will be a short talk, but most of the time will be spent birding on the trails.

    • 07/07/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Idaho Department of Fish and Game - Trophy Room

    Workshop Information

    Workshop topics will include: basics of the monarch life cycle and migration, population trends, and conservation issues. Learn about milkweed and monarch monitoring tools, what we currently know about monarchs in the West, and recently initiated efforts to address knowledge gaps, including IDFG's survey efforts. Workshop instructors will discuss and demo the new Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper, a citizen science project to track milkweeds and monarchs across the West, and connect participants to ongoing research and conservation efforts in the state. There will also be a special segment on gardening for monarchs.

    The workshop will take place over two days: an evening classroom session on Friday and a field component on Saturday. During the field component we will search milkweed patches for adult and immature monarchs, practice data collection, and tie in lessons learned from the Friday night info session. 


    • 07/09/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Katheryn Albertson Park - 1001 W Americana Terrace, Boise

    Family Birding Walk - Kathryn Albertson Park
    Free Event
    Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
    Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    Location: Kathryn Albertson Park 
    Meet in the parking lot: 1001 N. Americana Blvd., Boise
    Event Contact: Alex Takasugi alextakasugi@cableone.net, 484-9132 or Kristin Gnojewski, kgnojewski@cableone.net, 860-3658

    We will walk the paved loop around this gem of a park looking for geese, ducks, and herons on the water, as well as songbirds in the brush. Bring the whole family, especially the young ones. We go over the basics of using binoculars. We have binoculars and field guides you can borrow. Sign up the kids in our Frequent Flyer Club where they earn rewards for birding. We will finish at 11 a.m. 

    http://www.goldeneagleaudubon.org/


     

    • 07/12/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., Boise

    Discovering Boise's Wildflowers and Butterflies - Sunset Lecture Series

    Date: Wednesday, July 12th
    Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location: Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd.
    Free Event - no registration required!

    Discovering Boise's Wildflowers and Butterflies

    The sagebrush-steppe slopes, meadows, and valleys of south-central Idaho offer a great array of wildflowers! These flowers and plants offer prime habitat for butterflies. Nearly one hundred species have been recorded in the area, and many of those may be found in season between the Treasure Valley and Bogus Basin. In this class, we will go walking to see as many as we can find, and discover how to find, harmlessly detain, and identify butterflies, while learning their lifecycle, needs, and natural history.

    The Foothills Learning Center SUNSET LECTURE SERIES  is a Free, Monthly Evening Adult Education Series held the 2nd Wednesday of the Month


Past events

06/15/2017 Monarch Butterfly Excursion - Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds
06/10/2017 Conservation in the City
06/08/2017 TOUR OF THE RESERVES - Polecat Gulch Reserve
06/07/2017 BOISE BIRDING SERIES – Bird Identification
05/20/2017 Birding for all Seasons - CANCELED Due to High Water - Marianne Williams Park - with Boise Parks & Rec and Audubon Society
05/18/2017 Tour of the Reserves - Mesa Reserve hike, by Table Rock
05/13/2017 Sheep in the Foothills - shuttle from Fort Boise Community Center to Foothills Learning Center
05/08/2017 Wildlife Lecture - Bees
05/03/2017 BOISE BIRDING SERIES – Bird Identification
04/22/2017 Earth Day Work Day 2017 - Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
04/20/2017 Oregon Trail Reserve Tour- Overlooking Barber Valley - Foothills Hiking Series
04/11/2017 Free Lecture - Fire & Invasive Species in the Boise Foothills - Idaho Native Plant Society
04/10/2017 Evening Lecture: Bears of Idaho, Evin Oneale
03/28/2017 Idaho Rivers Lecture Series: Creating Lively Landscapes With Less Water
03/18/2017 Birding for all Seasons - Kathryn Albertsons Park with Boise Parks & Rec and Audubon Society
03/18/2017 Being a Naturalist: Winter Survival & Ecology
03/16/2017 Camel's Back Reserve Tour - Foothills Hiking Series
03/14/2017 Native Plant Mapping - Learn how you can help scientists using the iNaturalist app & map native plants when you hike
03/13/2017 EVENING LECTURE: Beaver Ecology at the MK Nature Center
03/08/2017 Living in a Fire-Prone Landscape
02/28/2017 What Makes Trees Tick: An Inside Look at Trees
02/16/2017 Hulls Gulch Reserve Tour - Foothills Hiking Series
02/08/2017 Winter Tracking: Reading Signatures in the Snow
02/01/2017 Birding Series with Terry Rich
11/17/2016 Fire Rehab - Table Rock Fire or Mile Marker 14 Fire
11/12/2016 SECOND SATURDAY – PREDATORS OF THE FOOTHILLS
11/12/2016 Fire Rehab - Table Rock Fire
11/08/2016 Project Feeder Watch
11/03/2016 Fire Rehab - Table Rock Fire
10/25/2016 Native Fish of Idaho
10/20/2016 Fire Rehab - Mile Marker 14 Fire
10/08/2016 Family Bird Walk
10/01/2016 Watershed Watch
09/28/2016 Landscaping for Wildlife
09/25/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching & Litter Patrol
09/17/2016 Southwest Idaho—Boise Foothills Trail Cleanup
09/15/2016 Tour of the Reserves-Military Reserve
09/12/2016 Sagebrush and Bitterbrush Seed Collection
09/10/2016 15th Annual Boise River Sweep
09/07/2016 Firewise Landscape: Concepts and Techniques
08/28/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
08/17/2016 Fall Bird Walk
08/16/2016 After the Table Rock Fire
08/10/2016 Backyard Composting
08/02/2016 Gardening for Pollinators
07/31/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
07/14/2016 Rattlesnake Awareness and Education Class
06/26/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
06/25/2016 Bees and Blooms
06/12/2016 Family Birding Walk
06/08/2016 Growing Great Horse Pastures & Controlling Weeds
06/04/2016 Build a New Trail
06/04/2016 IBO Songbird Banding on the River
06/01/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-Bird Identification
06/01/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-Birding at Bogus
05/29/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
05/21/2016 WaterShed Weekend - Wetlands Bird Discovery Day
05/04/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-Bird Identification
04/30/2016 Master Water Steward Workshop
04/28/2016 Wildflower Walk
04/26/2016 Idaho Rivers Lecture Series: Idaho and the origins on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
04/24/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
04/23/2016 Celebrate Birds at the MK Nature Center
04/14/2016 Adventures in a Natural History Museum.
04/13/2016 Sunset Series-Climate and our Changing Seasons
04/09/2016 Raptors!
04/06/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-What is the overall state of birds worldwide?
03/27/2016 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching and Litter Patrol
03/17/2016 John Muir and the Religion of Nature: A Bankrupt Legacy?
03/13/2016 Family Birding Walk
03/12/2016 Wiggly Worms and Sprouting Seeds
03/03/2016 Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers
03/02/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-What is the overall state of birds worldwide?
02/20/2016 Family Field Trip Weekend
02/18/2016 Barn Owls Killed on I-84: Observations and Implications
02/14/2016 Family Birding Walk
02/13/2016 Hibernating Hearts
02/03/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-What is the overall state of birds worldwide?
02/02/2016 Volunteer to Monitor Kestrel Boxes
01/12/2016 Story Trail Adventure-Snowflake Bentley
01/10/2016 Family Birding Walk
01/09/2016 Crystals, Snowflakes and Avalanches!
01/06/2016 Birding Series with Terry Rich-Who's Here Now?
12/30/2015 Wednesday Morning Bird Club
12/23/2015 Wednesday Morning Bird Club
12/19/2015 Audubon Christmas Bird Count
12/16/2015 All About Snow
12/13/2015 Children's Christmas Bird Count
12/09/2015 Wednesday Morning Bird Club
12/02/2015 Birding Series with Terry Rich
11/19/2015 Costs and Benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure
11/18/2015 Colony Collapse Disorder of the Honey Bee
11/17/2015 Plants of the Boise River - The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
11/14/2015 Mammals on the Move - Seasonal migration of local foothills animals
11/11/2015 Critical Habitat - The Importance of the Boise Foothills to Winter Wildlife
11/04/2015 Birding Series with Terry Rich
11/01/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/31/2015 "Tending our Foothills" Annual Survey
10/31/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/30/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/25/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/24/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/23/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/18/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/17/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/16/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/14/2015 Learn about the Proposed Foothills & River Levy
10/12/2015 A Backyard Wilderness
10/11/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/10/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/09/2015 Evening Owl Field Trip
10/09/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/07/2015 Birding Series with Terry Rich
10/04/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/03/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
10/02/2015 Fall Flights - World Center for Birds of Prey
09/19/2015 Fall Bird Walk
09/18/2015 Foothills Walk
09/16/2015 Firewise Landscape: Concepts & Techniques
09/12/2015 Matt Schmasow on Bees
09/09/2015 The Buzz on Honeybees
09/06/2015 Daytime Raptor & Songbird Field Trip
09/05/2015 Daytime Raptor & Songbird Field Trip
09/02/2015 Birding Series with Terry Rich
09/01/2015 Eyes Wide Open - River Walk at Barber Pool Conservation Area
08/30/2015 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching & Litter Patrol
08/15/2015 Water Bugs: Little Critters, Big Deal!
08/05/2015 Wednesday Morning Birding Club - Hulls Gulch
07/28/2015 Fred Bassett on Hummingbirds
07/26/2015 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching & Litter Patrol
07/24/2015 Idaho Fescue Seed Collection
07/18/2015 River Life: Plants & Animals & Bugs - Oh My!
07/15/2015 Eyes Wide Open - HRWMA Boise RiverWalk
07/11/2015 Caliente Critters: How Foothills Animals and People Survive the HOT Summer
07/08/2015 The Seasonal Cycle of Water
07/01/2015 Birding at Bogus
06/30/2015 The Sagebrush Sea
06/30/2015 Nature Walk at Barber Pool
06/28/2015 Boise River Greenbelt Bird Watching & Litter Patrol
06/24/2015 Wednesday Morning Birding Club - TBD
06/24/2015 Fish & Game Volunteer Program - bitterbrush seed collection
06/17/2015 Draft Boise River Enhancement Plan Happy Hour
06/17/2015 Wednesday Morning Birding Club - Moore's Creekside
06/14/2015 Family Birding Walk at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve
06/11/2015 HRWMA Bitterbrush Seed Collection Volunteer Project
06/11/2015 Nutrient TMDL Basics
06/10/2015 Wild Foods of the Boise Foothills
06/10/2015 Wednesday Morning Birding Club - Bogus Basin
06/03/2015 Bird Identification with Terry Rich - June
05/26/2015 Dan Isaak: Climate Shield Cold-Water Refuge for Native Trout
05/11/2015 Second Monday Lecture Series - Idaho Master Naturalist Program
05/09/2015 International Migratory Bird Day – Restore Habitat, Restore Birds
05/09/2015 Spring Birds at Hulls Gulch
05/06/2015 Bird Identification with Terry Rich - May
05/02/2015 Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards
04/29/2015 Corral Trail Bird Watching
04/26/2015 Greenbelt Bird Watching & Litter Patrol
04/22/2015 Boise River Floodplain Update
04/22/2015 Win-Win Opportunities for the Boise River
04/13/2015 Intro to Ecofeminism
04/11/2015 Wetlands Discovery
04/11/2015 Resident Raptors and Migrating Song Birds
04/01/2015 Bird Song
03/31/2015 Soil, Worms & Fish: The Case for Healthy Soil
03/14/2015 Resident Raptors and Migrating Song Birds
03/14/2015 Spring Animal Babies
03/14/2015 Volunteer: Silver Sage planting at Hammer Flat
03/09/2015 About the Japanese Beetle
03/07/2015 Volunteer: Silver Sage planting at Hammer Flat
03/04/2015 Spring Migration with Terry Rich
02/14/2015 Hot Water and Hearts
02/09/2015 Intro to the North American Model of Wildlife Managment
02/04/2015 What is the overall state of birds worldwide?
01/27/2015 Why is Idaho Number 1 in Water Use?
01/12/2015 Bluebird Man - documentary & discussion
01/10/2015 Life Under the Snow
01/07/2015 Who's here now?
12/27/2014 Boise Christmas Bird Count
12/17/2014 Wednesday Morning Birding
12/03/2014 Birding Series with Terry Rich
11/22/2014 Wild Useful Plants Around Boise
11/10/2014 Redband Trout Populations in the Foothills
11/08/2014 Canines in the Foothills - 2nd Saturday Series
11/08/2014 Sagebrush Seed Collection - Volunteer Opportunity
11/05/2014 Birding Series with Terry Rich
10/25/2014 Planting Project at Blacks Creek Bird Reserve
10/22/2014 Bird Watching - Wednesday Morning Club - Hulls Gulch
10/15/2014 Bird Watching - Wednesday Morning Club - Indian Creek Reservoir
10/11/2014 Creatures of the Night - 2nd Saturday Series
10/11/2014 WaterShed Watch!
10/11/2014 The Big Sit! "Tailgate party for birders"
10/08/2014 Bird Watching - Wednesday Morning Club - Hyatt Wetlands
10/01/2014 Birding Series with Terry Rich
09/24/2014 Eyes Wide Open - HRWMA Boise RiverWalk
09/13/2014 Creatures of the Night - Second Saturday Series at Foothills Learning Center
09/13/2014 Bees - Second Saturday Series at Foothills Learning Center
09/03/2014 Birding Series with Terry Rich
08/23/2014 Bird Walk - Avimor
08/21/2014 Eyes Wide Open - HRWMA Boise RiverWalk
07/30/2014 WaterShed Wednesdays - Wildlife!
07/24/2014 Eyes Wide Open - HRWMA Boise RiverWalk
07/19/2014 WaterShed Weekend - H2O
07/19/2014 Bird Walk - Avimor
07/16/2014 WaterShed Wednesdays - Plants!
07/13/2014 Family Bird Walk - Kathryn Albertson Park
07/12/2014 FIRE! Wildfires in the Foothills
07/09/2014 Wildfire is coming; are you ready?
06/25/2014 Morning Birding Series - Finding Birds
06/18/2014 Morning Birding Series - Identifying Birds
06/14/2014 Pollinator Day!
06/14/2014 Deer Flat BioBlitz
06/11/2014 Sunset Series-A geologic tour of Southern Idaho
05/31/2014 Master Water Steward Workshop
05/21/2014 River Walk for Health, Habitat and Heritage
05/17/2014 Fish Release Party, WaterShed Weekend
05/15/2014 Wildflower Walk
05/12/2014 Times they are a-changin': The Importance of Phenology
05/10/2014 The Hills are Alive!
05/09/2014 National Public Gardens Day
05/08/2014 Wildflower Walk
05/04/2014 Family Bird Walk - Hulls Gulch
04/27/2014 Boise River Greenbelt Litter Patrol & Bird Watching
04/24/2014 Owl Talk
04/24/2014 Idaho Climate Talks: Snowpack Economics
04/22/2014 Stopping Idaho’s Game Thieves: A Look at Poaching in the Gem State
04/17/2014 Idaho Climate Talks: Forests & Fire
04/13/2014 Family Bird Walk - Barber Park
04/12/2014 Owls Around the Gulch
04/10/2014 Idaho Climate Talks: Rain, Trout and Fire
03/30/2014 Boise River Greenbelt Litter Patrol & Bird Watching
03/25/2014 Wolf Ecology & Management in Idaho
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