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Southwest Region

Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Oakley
Site Size: 814 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Burley, S on ID 27 for 20 mi; R (W) on 1600 S; follow signs 7 mi to WMA.

Description: Lying along Big Cottonwood Creek, which drains from the South Hills, Big Cottonwood WMA is a premier place to see Idaho’s juniper country birds: Juniper Titmouse, Plumbeous Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, Gray Flycatcher, and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Glimpses of introduced gamebirds can be quite productive. Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, Chukar, Gray Partridge, and Wild Turkey can be seen.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 324-4359
Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce (208)679-4793

Ash-throated Flycatcher
Photo Copyright Karen Nitz
Photo Copyright Bill Walker
Gray Partridge
Photo Copyright Ketih Carlson

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%
pinyon juniper/mt. mahogany Graph illustrating 50% 50%

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 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 ALL
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.

    BushtitChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsGrouse and TurkeyQuailTyrant FlycatchersVireos


    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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