Where To Birdwatch in Idaho – Both Free & Paid Locations For Birders 2022

October 8, 2021 // 28 minute read

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Birding enthusiasts truly appreciate beautiful landscapes including the lakes, rivers, sagebrush, forests, and mountains of Idaho. These rugged settings are discovered in unspoiled natural areas that are protected and filled with a plethora of stunning birds. In fact, the Idaho birding trail is 2000 miles long and it encompasses a total of 173 different birding sites, which covers four different sections of the state.

Do you know what else makes Idaho’s best birding hotspots so special? The Snake River is filled with various canyons and plains, which are jam-packed with large concentrations of birds of prey, so there are a wide variety of raptors to be easily discovered in the area including falcons, hawks, and eagles.

Even better, besides all of the amazing bird species concentrated in the area, you’ll also find a buzzing and active birding community filled with birdwatching clubs, Audubon Society chapters, and much more. Keep reading to learn about the best bird-watching hotspots, my favorite local groups in the area, their social media sites and videos, and so much more.

By the way, did you know that the American Goldfinch is Iowa’s state bird?

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Bird Watching Destinations In Idaho: Free Destinations

Residents of Idaho and visitors who appreciate birdwatching are absolutely going to love the many free destinations they can visit that are consumed with a plethora of native and migratory birds. These free destinations are not only some of the top places to visit in the state, but they are many of the best in the country as well. So, if you’re looking to find the most exciting birding hotspots in Idaho, please check out the recommendations below as you explore the birding community in The Gem State.

Camas National Wildlife Refuge – Free Park Admission

To kick things off, I felt it best to mention this 10,500-acre refuge located in southeastern Idaho, because it’s one of the best birding areas in the entire state. Even more exciting, you’ll love visiting here because there is a plentiful supply of raptors, waterfowl, nesting songbirds, migrant birds, and in total there are 260 bird species to discover. Stop by the refuge the next time you intend to go birding in southeastern Idaho because it’s one of the best locations to visit.

Location:

2150 E. 2350 N.
Hamer, ID 83425

Phone: 208-662-5423

GPS: 43.9419° N, 112.2663° W

Hours Of Operation:

The park itself is open from dusk until dawn every day for 365 days a year. You can even visit the park on major federal and national holidays if you feel so inclined.

Refuge Headquarters

  • Monday through Thursday – 7 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Friday – 7 AM to 3:30 PM

The refuge office remains closed on weekends and all federal holidays. And on occasion, the staff must attend field activities, so the refuge office will occasionally remain closed during normal business hours when this is the case.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

  • Sage Thrasher
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Greater Sage-Grouse
  • American Bittern
  • American White Pelican
  • Yellow-Headed Blackbird
  • Tundra Swan
  • Eared Grebe
  • Bald Eagle
  • Franklin Goal
  • Sandhill Crane

Hiking Trails:

Although this national wildlife refuge isn’t necessarily teeming with hiking trails, there is one very important and relatively long trail that I’m going to tell you about today. You can enter and exit the trail at various points, and walk as little or as much as you desire as you spend time taking in the sights, sounds, and stunning wildlife and incredible birds that you discover along the path.

The hiking trail’s name along with other important information is as follows:

  • Camas Loop – there are a few great things about this trail that I’m going to tell you about. For starters, the trail is easy to navigate and it’s also easy to travel upon. The staff at the wildlife refuge does a great job of properly maintaining this trail and keeping it clear and easy to walk upon. Next, the trail is relatively long even though it’s easy terrain. In total, the complete distance of the trail from start to finish is 7.2 miles. The average person will take around three hours to finish this trail in its entirety. But you can always walk along part of the trail if the entire thing is too much to handle.

Hagerman Wildlife Management Area – It’s Free to Enter

As a bird-watching enthusiast, you’ll definitely enjoy spending time along the Snake River at Hagerman Wildlife Management Area. This beautiful location is one of the best places to visit to see massive flocks of ducks during the winter. Plus, it’s also well known as a hotspot to discover all of your favorite nesting waterbirds. Truly, this is an amazing place to visit if you love bird watching, the outdoors, and seeing a world teeming with wildlife in its natural habitat.

Location:

Hagerman, ID 83332

Contact Address:
Magic Valley Regional Office
324 S. 417 E., Suite #1
Jerome, ID 83338
Phone: 208-324-4359

GPS: 42.7727° N, 114.8809° W

Hours Of Operation:

The great thing about this location is that it’s open 365 days a year, all year round, and it remains open 24 hours a day. As a birdwatcher, you’d likely benefit the most by visiting during daylight hours, but I’ll leave that up to you.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

  • Virginia Rail
  • Tundra Swan
  • Common Bald Eagle
  • Lesser Black-Backed Gull
  • Marsh Wren
  • California Quail
  • Yellow-Breasted Chat
  • Caspian Tern
  • Northern Harrier
  • Golden Eagle
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Herring Gull

Hiking Trails:

I’d like to tell you about four hiking trails for you to walk along that are also great destinations for bird watching as well. Unfortunately, none of these trails are directly located in the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area. But each of these trails is very close by because they are located in Thousand Springs State Park, which is in Hagerman, Idaho.

So, if you’d like to get some gorgeous hiking and bird watching done while you are in the area, I definitely recommend checking out any or all four of these trails. Their names and other necessary information include:

  • Ritter Island Loop – right off the bat, I’m happy to tell you about this easy hiking trail that I know you’re going to absolutely adore. The scenic views are stunning, which definitely makes it worthwhile. But at the same time, the trail is easy to navigate, clearly defined and easy to walk along, and it’s relatively short at 1.8 miles. In fact, a beginner or novice can easily finish the entire trail from start to finish in less than an hour.
  • Malad Gorge West Rim – although relatively similar in length, this trail is definitely on the more difficult side because based on 30 people that rated the trail, the overall consensus is that it’s moderately difficult. And when you look at the trail, you’ll see what they mean, because the terrain is rocky, there’s some mountainous regions to walk through, and the land is elevated at certain points. It’s not too long though, because it’s only 2 miles from one end to the other. And if you put forth the effort, you can easily finish this trail in about an hour as well, even if hiking isn’t typically your thing.
  • Malad Gorge – I like this trail a lot because it’s also well-maintained and easy to walk the entire distance from start to finish, because the path is clear, the area is well maintained, and you’ll love the scenic views and the amazing birds as well. In total, the complete distance of this trail is 2.8 miles. Walking at a normal pace, you should have no trouble walking the entire length of this trail in an hour and a half or less.
  • Emigrant Trail to Oregon Trail and Snake River Overlooks – this is definitely the biggest hiking path of the bunch, because this moderately difficult trail is actually 6.8 miles long, which may seem a bit challenging to some people. Maybe sit this one out if you aren’t a regular hiker or you have a tough time walking long distances. Otherwise, this is a great trail because of the beautiful scenic views, even though it’s a little bit more difficult than some of the other trails that I told you about today. All in all, I think you’ll have no problem finishing this trail in two hours and 45 minutes if you walk at a steady and consistent pace.

Market Lake Wildlife Management Area – Free Admission

Birders particularly enjoy visiting Idaho because of this 5000-acre tract of land that is such an exciting destination for birdwatching enthusiasts of every ilk. It’s a great place to go if you plan to view waterfowl and shorebirds because they tend to visit in droves during important seasonal migratory times. They like to spend time nesting in the sagebrush grasslands and wetlands, so you’ll have an opportunity to see them in plentiful supply when you visit the area.

Location:

804 N. 2900 E.
Roberts, ID 83444

Contact Address
Upper Snake Regional Office
4279 Commerce Cir.
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Phone: 208-525-7290

GPS: 43.7792° N, 112.1459° W

Hours Of Operation:

Similar to the previously mentioned wildlife management area in Idaho, the park is open to visitors all year round, seven days a week, and it even remains open on holidays. You’d benefit the most by visiting the park during daylight hours, but it’s your choice to determine when is the best time to visit as a birdwatcher.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • American Avocet
  • Northern Harrier
  • American White Pelican
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Virginia Rail
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Ring-Billed Gull
  • Northern Saw-Whet Owl
  • Rough-Legged Hawk
  • Yellow-Headed Blackbird
  • Bald Eagle

Hiking Trails:

According to their website, they definitely have walking and hiking trails, which make it possible for you to view the amazing birds and other wildlife in the area. It doesn’t appear that any of these trails actually have names, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint the specific trails and give you detailed information.

But here’s some of what I can tell you:

  • All of these trails are non motorized, meaning you are not allowed to take motor vehicles of any kind along these easy to access paths. So, no cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, or other motor vehicles are allowed in the area.
  • The trails are wide open and provide access to many of the popular birding areas in the region. These trails will grant you access to the open water, upland areas, and marshes. Without these trails, it would be very difficult for you to experience wildlife viewing including birdwatching, so please understand that hiking/walking is an important part of the experience.

All in all, be prepared to spend a good portion of your day walking around Market Lake Wildlife Management Area. In fact, they encourage walking so much that they even allow you to take your dogs along the trails between August 1 and September 30, although dog walking is not permitted throughout the rest of the year.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area – Free Admission

The Snake River is in a deep canyon filled with crevices, crags, and thermal updrafts that make it one of the most concentrated areas filled with birds of prey as they nest throughout the year. In fact, this is possibly one of the largest areas of nesting birds of prey in the world, but it’s definitely the largest in North America.

There is an 81 mile stretch along the Snake River Canyon known for its dense population of these majestic creatures. Besides that, this national conservation area is made up of 757 mi.² of roadless, remote land that’s perfect for birders of all stripes looking to view many different types of bird species in the wild.

Location:

Murphy, ID 83650
Phone: 208-384-3300
Fax: 203-384-3326

Mailing Address:
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705

GPS: 43.2382° N, 116.3723° W

Hours Of Operation:

Right now, the Snake River Birds of Prey NCA is open five days a week, on Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM mountain time. Remember, please visit their website here to learn about certain advisories and closures that take place during the year, including fire-related closures, upcoming events, recreation closures, and seasonal closures.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Canyon Wren
  • Gyrfalcon
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Rock Wren
  • Horned Lark
  • Common Raven
  • White-Throated Swift
  • California Condor

Hiking Trails:

In this region, even though much of the area doesn’t have a wide array of hiking trails for such a vast 757 acres of land, there are still 7 trails that I can happily tell you about that will definitely meet your hiking needs. These trails vary from easy to moderate in difficulty, so none of them are too hard to handle. And they take you along the Snake River, different canyons and crevices, and other important ecological features.

The names and other valuable information about these trails include the following:

  • River Canyon Trail – this is definitely one of the harder trails because the terrain is a bit rough, and the path isn’t necessarily clearly defined, although you can follow along the river and clearly get to where you need to go next. On the other hand, this moderately difficult trail is also relatively long, because the complete length is 10.6 miles from start to finish. On average, the typical person can complete the full trail in four hours and 35 minutes, which is time-consuming but doable.
  • Sinker Butte – this trail is also moderately difficult, because you will walk across sandy hills, rocky ground, uneven terrain, and the path will take you near water, through desert-like areas, and very barren land. That’s what makes this such a great area to see many of your favorite birds of prey and raptors like falcons, hawks, eagles, and more. The trail is 5.5 miles long, which should take you around two hours and 15 minutes to finish.
  • Dedication Point – things finally begin to get easier all around, because this is a much clearer and well-defined trail consisting of flat ground. So, you don’t have to worry about coming across any unwanted natural landscape surprises. Again, this is an easy trail that’s also relatively short because it’s only 0.5 miles in length. Most people should have no trouble finishing the whole trail in 15 minutes.
  • Dedication Point and Swan River Overlook – even though this particular trail is easy, it’s a lot longer than the previous Dedication Point related trail mentioned above. This trail is 3 miles from start to finish, so it’s actually six times longer. And because it’s much longer, it’s going to take you a lot longer to finish. I estimate that you should complete the full trail in one hour and 25 minutes.
  • River Canyon Trail: East Trailhead to Abandoned Homestead – this trail has beautiful scenery to say the least, and the exciting thing is it’s also an easy very flat trail that is clearly defined and quite easy to navigate, so you’ll never have to worry about getting lost or overextending yourself whatsoever. It’s always good to bring a bottle of water and some snacks with you on a longer hike, which this one is since the trail is 4.3 miles long. In total, you will likely complete the entire trail in one hour and 45 minutes.
  • Snake River and Swan Falls: Wees Bar Petroglyphs Trail – out of the seven trails shared in the area, this particular one is certainly the most challenging. It’s moderately difficult, because there’s uneven terrain, hills and other rocky obstacles in your path, and it’s really long as well. As a matter of fact, if you decide to walk the entire trail, you’ll have to spend a large chunk of your day walking along 11.8 miles of gorgeous scenic land where you will definitely encounter many birds of prey along the way. All told, the average person can walk the entire trail in five hours and 20 minutes, but it’s tough enough that you will break a sweat, so keep that in mind.
  • Halverson Lake Trail – although this trail is moderately difficult, it’s also one of the nicest trails to walk across because you get to view the stunningly beautiful Halverson Lake as you complete the trail, which is always nice to have in your peripheral vision. Even better, lots of raptors and other birds tend to congregate near Halverson Lake, so you’ll definitely experience some fun bird watching along the way. The trail is 3.8 miles long, which you should finish in an hour and a half, which isn’t so bad in my opinion.

C. J. Strike Wildlife Management Area – Free Admission

Birders in the Boise, ID area and visitors to the state will particularly enjoy spending time at C. J. Strike Wildlife Management Area. It’s definitely one of the best birding hotspots for waterfowl, and even though parts of the area are closed to birders between February and the summer, it’s still a great location to visit nonetheless. You’ll discover some of your favorite birds, because it’s considered one of the most productive birding areas in the country.

Location:

42874 ID-78
Bruneau, ID 83604
Phone: 208-465-8465

Southwest Regional Office – Nampa
15950 N. Gate Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83687

GPS: 42.8959° N, 115.8800° W

Hours Of Operation:

It is my pleasure to tell you that this particular WMA is open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy many activities including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, camping, and more. Obviously, if you’re here to have a wonderful bird-watching experience, you should show up during daylight hours, but you may want to show up early to go hunting or fishing as well, so I’ll let you decide the best course of action.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

  • Rough-Legged Hawk
  • Western Grebe
  • California Quail
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Caspian Tern
  • Osprey
  • American White Pelican
  • Snow Goose
  • Golden Eagle
  • Black-Necked Stilt
  • Willow Flycatcher

Hiking Trails:

As you undoubtedly realize, CJ Strike WMA is located in Bruneau, ID. Even though CJ strike doesn’t have specific hiking trails other than the Idaho birding trail, there are many different trails in Bruneau. In fact, there are 32 trails in this area for you to enjoy and hike along to enhance your bird-watching experience.

Today, I’d like to tell you about my top 5 favorite hiking trails in the area. Each of these trails was curated for its beauty, degree of difficulty, length, and bird watching ability. Be forewarned, because all of these trails are pretty long, so you may decide to only hike along a portion of one or more trails during your next bird watching excursion.

The trail names and other important information include:

  • Little Blue Table OHV Loop – this is one of the easier trails that I’m going to tell you about today, but it’s no simple walking path nonetheless. The terrain is easy to navigate and it’s relatively flat and clear, but it’s definitely a long trail as well, which shouldn’t surprise you at this point. Then again, it’s one of the shorter trails at 12.2 miles. If you do decide to complete the entire loop, it will likely take you around 5 ½ to 6 hours to finish.
  • Big Horse Basin Gap OHV Trail – this trail is moderately difficult and it’s extremely long, so if you ever decide to walk the entire trail, it’s going to be a multi-day journey involving camping and sleeping in the wilderness overnight. The terrain is rough and rocky, but you will have an opportunity to see some of your favorite most dazzling birds, which is always nice. The total trail is 61.8 miles, which will likely take you a few days to walk the entirety of the trail.
  • Wickahoney Road and Battle Creek Road OHV Loop – although the scenery is beautiful, and it provides an opportunity to view the most beautiful birds in the world along your bird watching excursion, this is also a relatively long trail, although it’s also easy to navigate and fairly flat, which is great. The total length of the trail is 18.3 miles, which will likely take you anywhere from 9 to 9 ½ hours to complete the entire loop if you decide to go the total distance.
  • Big Jack’s Creek East Side OHV Trail – although not the longest in the area, this is definitely one of Bruneau’s toughest trails nonetheless, so I decided to add it in case you were looking for a multi-day challenge. This hard to handle trail is definitely going to require serious dedication and perseverance if you intend to walk the entire thing. Even more important, the 45.3-mile trail will take 3-4 days to complete, if you attempt to walk the entire distance from start to finish.
  • Trout Creek OHV Loop – the final trail is also one that will take you in a loop throughout Bruneau, Idaho. This easy trail is 15 miles long, but the terrain is straightforward, easy to navigate, and it doesn’t have too many rock strewn paths along the way. You can finish this trail in one day if you’re willing to put in the effort, but it will likely take you 7 ½ hours to complete the entire loop from beginning to end.

Bird Watching Destinations In Idaho: Paid Destinations

Harriman State Park – Paid Winter Access, Paid Parking, Seasonal Passes & More

This gorgeous state park is strategically located within 20 miles of the borders of Wyoming and Montana at the state lines. It’s also part of the center of a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge, and it’s considered part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem too.

For the most part, this park is famous because it’s the home of many nesting waterbirds, wintering swans, and a whole host of other intriguing bird species. If you love to go on bird-watching trips with family and friends, you’ll definitely appreciate spending time in Harriman State Park because the sights and sounds are truly something to enjoy and appreciate.

Location:

3489 Green Canyon Rd.
Island Park, ID 83429
Phone: 208-558-7368

GPS: 44.3226° N, 111.4604° W

Hours Of Operation:

Right now, the current hours of operation is that the park is open seven days a week, from 7 AM to 10 PM in the “day use” locations. But the manager of the park can change the hours based on their discretion, so it’s possible that the hours might change. You should call ahead to confirm the current park hours the next time you visit.

Popular Birds Found At This Destination:

Entrance Fees:

Resident & Non-Resident Entrance Fees

  • Winter Access Fee – $5 per person per day
  • Winter Access Individual Season Pass – $35
  • Winter Access Couple Season Pass – $50
  • Winter Access Family Season Pass – $75
  • Motor Vehicle Entry Fee – $7 per night
  • Idaho State Park’s Passport – $10 per year

Hiking Trails:

You’ll love hiking in Harriman State Park in Idaho because it has eight easy to moderately difficult trails for you to enjoy. The great thing about these hiking trails is none of them are overly difficult or extremely long, since the longest trail measures in at less than 7 miles.

To learn the names and other pertinent information about these hiking trails, please keep reading about the following:

  • Harriman Ridge Trail Loop – the experts agree that this trail is moderately difficult because there’s lots of shrubbery and bushes marring the path. In total, the full length of the trail is 6 miles long, which the average person can complete in two hours and 45 minutes.
  • John Muir Trail – this is definitely the easiest trail that I’m going to recommend today because it’s very short, easy to navigate, and it’s a clearly defined path that is very easy to walk along. The total length is 0.8 miles, which should only take 20 minutes if you’re walking at average walking speed.
  • Golden Lake Loop – here’s another moderately difficult loop hiking trail, but in this instance, you’re going to walk along a rugged path near and around Golden Lake, which is truly a beautiful sight to behold. In truth, the total distance of this hiking trail is 5.9 miles, which is certainly a challenge. I think you should have no problem completing the total trail in two and a half hours from one end of the loop to the other.
  • Silver Lake Trail and Thurman Creek Loop – as I mentioned earlier, the longest trail that I’m sharing with you is 6.9 miles, and it happens to be this trail in particular. It’s also moderately difficult, although you’ll definitely enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Thurman Creek. In total, you should have no trouble finishing this trail loop in just under three hours.
  • River Trail and Ranch Loop – this easy hiking trail is always a lot of fun because it takes you along the river, where you’ll enjoy looking at amazing birds, beautiful flowers, and gorgeous picturesque scenery. It’s only 2.8 miles long, which a typical hiker can finish in an hour to an hour and a half going from one end to the other.
  • Harriman Hounds (Winter Trail) – the name of this trail says it all, because it’s designated for winter hiking, and it provides a great opportunity to see many of your favorite winter birds. It’s long, coming in at 6.1 miles, but the trail is also straightforward, so you can likely finish it in its entirety in 2 ½ hours.
  • Thurman Creek and Meadow Loop – this trail is known for being moderately difficult, and rightfully so because there are definitely rocky paths along the way that certainly make it a lot harder to travel upon. The fact that it’s 4.7 miles long doesn’t make it any easier either, but it’s a nice trail that takes you in a complete loop, so it’s definitely worth your time and attention. In total, you can likely complete this trail in two hours, which is a really good estimate.
  • Ranch Loop – I figured I’d end this with an easy one. This trail takes you right along the edge of the water along a crystal-clear and easy to navigate path that doesn’t have any obstructions in your way whatsoever. It’s relatively short since the trail is only 1.7 miles long. I believe the average person can finish this trail in its entirety in 40 minutes flat.

Idaho Birdwatching Clubs

The most exciting thing about birding in the state of Idaho is the number of raptors and birds of prey in the area. You’re going to love seeing all of the incredible condors, hawks, eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey in this beautiful state.

As a matter of fact, one of the best parts about birdwatching in Idaho is that there is a strong presence of the National Audubon Society, and there are a few chapters that I’d like to tell you about today.

The best thing about these bird-watching clubs is they have regular meetings, get together for consistent field trips and events, and make it possible to connect with other bird-watching enthusiasts just like you. You’ll make friends, help the environment, preserve wildlife, and ultimately have a great time as a member of this community.

Golden Eagle Audubon Society

The Golden Eagle Audubon Society definitely has a mission, and many Boise-based residents have taken up the charge, so you can join them on their quest. Ultimately, they want everyone to respect and appreciate the natural world. They help create natural ecosystems for birds, other wildlife, and human beings as well by providing conservation and restoration to the land.

Becoming a member of this organization is easy. I will tell you how to join below. Or if you prefer, you can become a member of their volunteer corps and help out every once in a while, if that’s the level of commitment you’re willing to make.

Contact Info

Golden Eagle Audubon Society
Mailing Address
PO Box 8261
Boise, ID 83707
Email: [email protected]

Past and Future Events:

  • Intro to Birding with Lake Hazel Library – for those interested in getting started with birdwatching, this is the perfect event because it takes place on Saturday, August 14 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The group will meet up at Christina Donnell School-Arts in Boise Idaho, where the group will receive birdwatching instructions. You do not have to register, anyone can join, and they will even provide participants with binoculars.
  • Wednesday Morning Birders: Fort Boise WMA – this upcoming event is being held on Wednesday, September 15 between 8:30 AM and 12 PM. You must register for this event to sign up, which you can do by clicking here. This is a slow-paced bird walk, so everyone will have an opportunity to see and enjoy a wide variety of bird species. They will provide binoculars if you don’t have your own pair.
  • IBO Hawk Watch – this upcoming birding field trip is being held on Thursday, September 23 between 1 PM and 5 PM. The group will meet at the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Hawk Watch on Lucky Peak. The address is located at 7034 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83716. Please register for the field trip here. You must be a member of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society to participate in this event.

Membership Fees:

Signing up to become a member of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society is very easy. Please visit this page and follow the on-screen instructions.

Membership Levels

  • Individual Membership – $20 per year
  • Couples Membership – $35 per year
  • Household Membership – $50 per year
  • Mountain Bluebird Member – $100 per year
  • Long-Billed Curlew Membership – $250 per year
  • Greater Sage-Grouse Membership – $500 per year
  • Golden Eagle Council Membership – $1000 per year

Snake River Audubon Society

You’ll truly enjoy becoming a member of the Snake River chapter of the Audubon Society. This organization was originally formed in 1976, and it remains strong until this day. They have regular meetings every third Thursday of the month except in June, July, August, and December.

Even more importantly, they also go on regular field trips, have two Christmas Bird counts per year, and they get together for many other activities as well. If you’re looking to join a fun birding community, becoming a member of the Snake River Audubon Society is a great idea.

Contact Info

Mailing Address
PO Box 2922
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Email: [email protected]

Past and Future Events:

  • Craters of the Moon Star Party – this outdoor event was held in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society. It rained that night, which was a bit of a downer, so it was very hard to hear or see the birds. And since it was dark and rainy, it was also very difficult to see the stars that night. But it was a fun event nonetheless, and the members of the Snake River Audubon Society had a wonderful time on July 9, 2021.

Due to Covid 19, the Snake River Audubon Society hasn’t had too many field trips or birding events in recent history. But that will change as the Covid 19 situation improves over time.

Membership Fees

Joining the Snake River Chapter of the National Audubon Society is easy to do. Just visit this page here and follow the on-screen instructions. Remember to choose G02 to become a member of our chapter.

Or if you prefer to avoid joining the National Audubon Society, you have the chance to join the local Snake River Audubon Society as well.

Please send a $10 check along with your name, mailing address, and email address to the following location:

Snake River Audubon Society
PO Box 2922
Idaho Falls, ID 83403

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