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North Region Sites

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Creston, BC
Site Size: 17,000 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Admission Fee. Handicapped Access free of charge

Site Location

Directions: N from Bonners Ferry on US 95 to ID 1; ID 1 NW to Canadian border; ID 1 becomes Hwy 21 in Canada; proceed N on Hwy 21 for 8.75 mi to Canadian Hwy 3; W on Hwy 3 for 2.4 mi to W Creston Rd; L (S) on West Creston Rd 1.1 mi to Wildlife Center.

Description: Creston Valley is a mosaic of marshes, mature cottonwoods, rich agricultural lands, and a place of international importance. Riparian willows and dogwood shrubs are host to songbirds such as Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, and Cedar Waxwing. Tall black cottonwoods provide nesting for owls, raptors, herons, and ducks. Long-billed Curlew, Bobolink, Savannah Sparrow, and Western Meadowlark can be seen in the agricultural fields.

More Information:
Creston Wildlife Management Area (250) 420-6900
Creston Chamber of Commerce (250) 428-4342

Savannah Sparrow
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneBoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 20% 20%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 50% 50%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%

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

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsJaegers and GullsKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPigeons and DovesQuailRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesStarlingSwallowsSwiftsTernsThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWeaver FinchWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper


    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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