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Southwest Region

Cecil Andrus Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Cambridge
Site Size: 23,608 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. 4x4 vehicles recommended. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: US 95 to Cambridge; ID 71 W; go 18 mi; follow signs to WMA.

Description: This WMA abuts the Hells Canyon area and has steep mountainous terrain, rolling hills, shrub-covered draws, and about 30 miles of perennial streams. Elevation ranges from 2,000 ft at Brownlee Reservoir to 5,000 ft on Cuddy Mountain. Lower elevations support native fescue, bunchgrass, and sagebrush communities. Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine are found at the highest elevations adjacent to the Payette National Forest. Riparian areas support cottonwood and shrubs, including hackberry, wild cherry, hawthorn, rose and alder. Upland gamebirds found on the WMA include Chukar, Blue Grouse, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, and Wild Turkey. A diverse community of songbirds includes Western Meadowlark, Lazuli Bunting, and hummingbirds. Highlights include Chukar, goldeneye, Common Poorwill, Western Kingbird, Cassin’s Vireo, and Rock Wren.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 257-3363
Cambridge (208) 253-6830
fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wma/andrus/


Photos
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Cecil Andrus WMA
Photo Copyright IDFG
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Cecil Andrus WMA
Photo Copyright IDFG
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Chukar
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Ruffed Grouse
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
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Western Meadowlark
Photo Copyright Ketih Carlson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
aspen Graph illustrating 1% 1%
grassland Graph illustrating 45% 45%
low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 3% 3%
ponderosa pine Graph illustrating 1% 1%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 5% 5%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 45% 45%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsJaegers and GullsKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPelicans and CormorantPigeons and DovesQuailRails and CootsShorebirdsStork and VultureSwallowsSwiftsTernsThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species


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