Challis Golf Course Bluebird Trail
Nearest Town: Challis
Site Size: 1 mile trail
Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl
Access: Year-round. Open sunrise - sunset. Access free of charge.
Directions: In Challis, from junction of US 93/Main St (mp 246.6), W on Main St; go 1.1 mi to Emily Ln; L (S) on Emily Ln; go 0.2 mi to golf course parking area; hike the 1 mi paved trail; bluebird nest boxes are placed intermittently along the trail.
Description: Birding at this site is all about Mountain Bluebirds. An organization named Rocky Mountain Blues, dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds, has placed bluebird nest boxes along the 1-mile paved trail circling the Challis Golf Course. Volunteers monitor the nest boxes during the breeding season (April-Aug) to determine clutch size, nesting phenology, and egg temperature during incubation. The nest boxes typically attract Mountain Bluebird, but may also host Tree Swallow and House Wren. Adults and fledglings of these species can be
observed on site through Oct. Stay and play golf; clubs and equipment are available for rent!
Challis Gold Course (208) 879-2561
Challis Chamber of Commerce (208) 879-2771