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Southeast Region

Wolverine Canyon Route Subloop

Nearest Town: Shelley
Site Size: 29 mi route (one way)

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

Access: Private. May dry up in late summer/early fall. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Idaho Falls, I-15 S Exit #113; E to US 91; S through Shelley and the town of Firth; ~1.5 mi S of Firth, turn E onto Wolverine Rd (600 N); drive E 10.5 mi; stay L on Wolverine Rd at the intersection with Blackfoot River Rd; 2 mi farther is the entrance to the canyon; 8 mi to end of route at the intersection with Sellars Creek Rd.

Description: Wolverine Canyon is a rugged and beautiful canyon that follows Wolverine Creek uphill through willow, sage/juniper, and cliff habitats and ends in mixed conifer forest on a 7100-foot summit. Miles 17.5-21, look for Western Kingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Gray Catbird, Black-headed Grosbeak. At mile 21, scan cliffs left (north) for White-throated Swift. Both Prairie and Peregrine Falcons have nested in the area. At the summit during June, listen for Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, and Western Screech-Owls.

More Information:
BLM (208) 524-7500
Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce (208) 523-1010

Flammulated owl
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Gray Catbird
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Yellow-breasted Chat
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo 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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pinyon juniper/mt. mahogany Graph illustrating 15% 15%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 35% 35%

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

    Grosbeaks and BuntingsHawks and EaglesOwlsSwiftsThrashersTyrant FlycatchersWood Warblers


    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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