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Kamiah/Kooskia-Heart of the Monster and Kooskia Fish Hatchery

Nearest Town: Kamiah
Site Size: 53 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: HEART OF MONSTER NEZ PERCE HISTORIC SITE: from Kamiah, US 12 S; 2 mi S of Clearwater Bridge turn W off hwy to site. FISH HATCHERY: at junction of US 12/ID 13 in Kooskia, take ID 13 S; after crossing the Clearwater River, go E on Broadway Ave through the residential area; rd becomes Clear Creek Rd; hatchery is 1.5 mi outside of town.

Description: HEART OF MONSTER: From the parking area, go W 60 yards to a small maintenance shed. A mowed grass trail starts at the shed and goes N along an oxbow. Watch for Wood Duck, Osprey, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, and Bewick’s Wren. At the cottonwoods, look for Western Wood-Pewee, and Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos. FISH HATCHERY: Walk along the Looking Glass Mill Pond trail which is directly across from the Hatchery entrance.

More Information:
USFWS (208) 926-4272
Kamiah Chamber of Commerce (208) 935-2290

Heart of Monster
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California Quail
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American Robin
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General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaObservation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater 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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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
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
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
Waterbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Target Species for this Site

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKingfisherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsQuailSparrows and alliesSwallowsThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood 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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