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Conserving Christ's Paintbrush on Idaho's Mt. Harrison

Stand atop Mt. Harrison on a late summer day, and as the wind howls, the incredible 360-degree view of southern Idaho valleys and mountain ranges will take your breath away. The snowpack... Read More

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Frogs in the Desert: Conservation Passion in Idaho's Owyhees

Mark Twain would be proud of Chris Black from Owyhee County, Idaho. When Twain wrote The Jumping ... Read More

Featured Species in Idaho

Canada lynx, photo credit: Michael Zahra

Canada lynx

The Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat. It has longer legs and very large well-furred paws, impressive adaptations for maneuvering through deep winter snow. While their name suggests otherwise, the historical and present North American range of the Canada lynx includes Alaska, Canada, and many of the other northern 48 states.  More »


Canada lynx.

Photo credit: Michael Zahra

Grizzly bear, Photo credit: USGS

Grizzly bear

Historically, there were around 50,000 grizzly bears in North America. Today, there are 1,000 to 1,200 grizzly bears remaining in five separate populations in the lower 48 states.

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Grizzly bear.

Photo credit: USGS

Partnership Stories in Idaho

Sage Grouse. Photo credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS

Borah High and Sage Grouse

Greater sage-grouse are the largest grouse in North America. Males often weigh in excess of four to five pounds and hens weigh in at two to three pounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that proposing the species for protection is precluded by the need to take action on other species facing more immediate and severe extinction threats. More »

Found in Idaho

  • MacFarlane's four-o'clock. Photo credit: Mark Lowrry, BLM

    MacFarlane's four-o'clock (Mirabilis macfarlanei) is a long-lived perennial plant that wows with its spectacular magenta flowers. Individual plants have been observed to live more than 20 years. The plant is unique only to portions of the Snake, Salmon, and Imnaha river canyons in west-central Idaho and adjacent northeastern Oregon.

    Photo credit: Mark Lowrry, BLM

  • Northern Idaho ground squirrels. Photo credit: Bill Rautsaw, Payette National Forest

    Northern Idaho ground squirrels (Spermophilus brunneus brunneus) have lived in Idaho since before the Pleistocene era nearly two million years ago, but in recent years loss of habitat has caused the species to decline. These animals – found only in Adams and Valley Counties – spend much of their lives underground. They emerge from their burrows in late March or early April and remain active above ground until late July or early August when they return to their burrows for winter.

    Photo credit: Bill Rautsaw, Payette National Forest

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Last updated: June 4, 2020