Nearest Town: Bruneau
Site Size: 10,664 acres
Directions: From Mountain Home, S on ID 51 for 15 mi; cross river; follow ID 51/78 for 6.5 mi SW; W on ID 78 for 2.5 mi to WMA headquarters.
Description: Two hundred forty species of birds are known to use the C.J. Strike area annually. Of these species, 98 breed in the area, and 105 species commonly winter here. Large numbers of passerines pass through this area during the spring migration (125,000 swallows have been observed in a 4-hour period). Long-billed Curlew, Western Screech-, Northern Saw-whet,
and Burrowing Owls breed in the area, and American White Pelican (50-300 individuals) can often be seen during the summer. During spring and summer, many other waterfowl and waterbird species, including rails, terns, gulls, sandpipers, and herons can be found here. The reservoir is also a nursery for several hundred Western and Clark’s Grebes. Because this valley is warmer than the surrounding area, many "half-hardy" species like American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Loggerhead Shrike successfully winter here. Approximately 100,000 waterfowl, including Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, use the area during migration and winter. The largest number of waterfowl usually arrive in Nov and leave by early Feb. There is always a small population of Merlin, Northern Goshawk, and Ferruginous Hawk during the winter.
IDFG (208) 845-2324
Mountain Home (208) 587-4334