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Butterfly Count

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas near Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear. A butterfly net is helpful but not required, as is a clipboard and tethered pen.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (there is a liquor store) for free cinnamon rolls and orange juice, and to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop will be held on Saturday, July 8th (see that day's post for details).

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/09/2017 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Space is limited: if you sign up, either show up or let the trip leader know in time for someone on the wait list to be able to go.

Lower Owyhee River

Celebrate Public Lands Day with a stewardship project on the Lower Owyhee River.

Stay tuned for details!

Event Date: 
Sat, 09/30/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

Annual Succor Creek Clean Up

A Friends of the Owyhees Stewardship Project. Do your bit to help preserve and restore our precious desert canyons.

Succor Creek State Natural Area in eastern Oregon is a great park that all Owyhee recreational enjoy: from us locals, folks from Boise metro area, Oregonians from the west side, and others from afar. But with high-use comes garbage and invasive weeds.

FOTO and CascadiaNow! would like to invite any and all that recreate in Succor Creek to lend a hand cleaning up the roadways and removing patches of invasive weeds. Tools are being provided by Vale BLM, while garbage bags, extra water, and an after-work Luncheon are provided by FOTO.

We will meet at the campground at 8am for a short welcome and safety discussion, then disperse to field sites at 8:30. Please bring your own lunch, work gloves, sun protection, bug spray and plenty of water (at least 2 liters). The work day will commence by 3:30 and meet back in the campground for a Luncheon and Social to talk about "this place".

Also if you have a shovel you can throw in and plant snips please bring them.

To load driving directions, go to this link and type in your starting location:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B027'13.7%22N+117%C2%B007'12.8%22W/@43.453802,-117.1224237,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.453802!4d-117.120235

Succor Creek is about a 2-hour drive from Boise.

Hope to see you there!

Event Date: 
Sat, 06/03/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Tim Davis, Friends of the Owyhee

(541) 212-1907; owyheetrips@gmail.com; www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheOwyhee

Off-Trail Ski Tour

Escape the inauguration hoopla with an off-trail ski tour. Wider track skis or backcountry telemark skis are appropriate for this trip, as will be gaiters and your usual winter day pack with water in insulated containers, snacks and extra layers. We'll head out into the Boise Mountains for a 5 to 6 hour tour, exact location TBD depending on where we think the best snow conditions will be.

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/20/2017 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi 208 859 2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Butterfly Count Re-Scheduled

The wet weather on July 10th postponed the butterfly count; lets hope for sunnier skies this time.

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (the shopping center with a liquor store) to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop was held on Saturday, July 9th (see that day's post for details), but you needn't have attended the workshop to participate in the count.

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/17/2016 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Butterfly Count

Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear.

A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey.

Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (there is a liquor store) for free cinnamon rolls and orange juice, and to organize carpools.

A free butterfly identification workshop will be held on Saturday, July 9th (see that day's post for details).

Event Date: 
Sun, 07/10/2016 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Lucky Peak

For some people, a hike up Lucky Peak is a long-term, perhaps a life-time, goal. For others, it’s a springtime tune-up hike. The advantage of a Lucky Peak hike is you can often turn back safely, even solo. It’s a road with no traffic on it (most of the year). I am not advocating solo hiking but if you have inadvertently gotten in over your head, and the rest of the hikers really want to continue, the ability to safely hike back takes some of the pressure off others to return with you.

Having said that, if you cannot hike Table Rock twice in an afternoon, you should not go on this hike. (In other words, once is not enough.) You should not embark on a hike you know you cannot complete. Not only does it add to the risk to you, but it adds to the risk to your fellow hikers (irrespective of the previous paragraph about turning back safely). Additionally, as your body starts to tire, you will slow down, likely slowing the pace of the rest of the group. (We all have social needs.)

The plan this Saturday afternoon is to depart from the Hwy 21 trailhead (Wildlife Management Area). Plan for it to last all afternoon. Bring at least 3 quarts of water. For those of you who are not challenged by this hike, a great training technique is to bring bottles of extra water to add weight to your pack, emptying these bottles should you find the pack overloaded. For those of you who like numbers, it will be about six miles round trip and two thousand feet of gain.

Call me if interested and we will talk about the hike.

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/14/2016 - 1:00am - 11:00pm
Event Contact: 

Mark 208-608-4562

Succor Creek Clean Up and Invasive Plant Removal

Join Friends of the Owyhee and Cascadia Now to help clean up and restore the popular Succor Creek State Natural Area.

Succor Creek State Natural Area lies in a deep, rocky canyon and is a remote haven for rock hounds, hikers, and wildlife watchers. Limited souvenir collecting by rock hounds is permitted in the park. A rough 15 mile dirt road leads from Oregon 201 to the park, which has walk-in primitive camping and day-use areas on the east side of the creek. No potable water is available.

The park is about 65 miles from Boise, approximately a 2-hour drive one-way.

For driving directions, go to:

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=9

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/10/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Tim at owyheefriends@gmail.com Clean-up begins at 10 am.

Spring Conditions Ski Tour

Plan A: Ski tour at the Park-n-Ski trails north of Idaho City or at the Bogus Nordic area, depending on where we think conditions will be the most enjoyable.

Plan B: If we think that ski conditions won't shape up to our expectations, then we'll opt instead for a hike on the Snake River plain, 8 - 10 miles with less than 2,000 feet cumulative elevation gain, and search for signs of spring.

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/04/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up.

Winter Ranger Program at Bogus Basin

Winter Ranger Programs will be led by Boise National Forest specialists and will focus on forest health, habitats, and winter ecology.

Both snowshoers and Nordic skiers are welcome on this day - the last tour of the season.

Meet in front of the Frontier Point Nordic Center at Bogus Basin. Tours will last approximately 2 hours.

No pre-registration necessary. The tours will be on moderate terrain. Be prepared for the weather and make sure your equipment is in good working condition.

Plan about an hour to drive up Bogus Basin Road. All wheel drive or snow tires are recommended. Please use the turn outs if you are delaying cars behind you and be patient. Slowing down makes only a few minutes difference in the time to the top.

Event Date: 
Sun, 02/21/2016 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Event Contact: 

Contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 if you have questions

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