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Southeast Region

Curlew National Grassland

Nearest Town: Malad City
Site Size: 48,000 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #13 (Malad City); follow 50 S St to stop sign; zero odometer; L (S) then R (W) following signs for ID 38; mi 18.5 L at rd curve; at mi 23, use this intersection at Holbrook as a starting point to reach the following tracts (this intersection can also be accessed from the west via I-84 Exit #36; S on ID 37). 3 CHOICES: 1) NORTH TRACT: E on ID 38 for 0.4 mi; L (N) on Hess Rd (GR 029). 2) WEST TRACT: ID 37 N and bird this tract to mp 35.5. 3) SOUTH TRACT: L (S) at mi 23 onto 2100 W for 5 mi to GR 061; R (W) on GR 061 to Stone Reservoir.

Description: In early summer, look for Sage Thrasher and Vesper Sparrow in sage/grass flats, and listen for Brewer’s Sparrow. Look for Sharp-tailed Grouse (March to April), Ashthroated Flycatcher, and Scott’s Oriole (juniper habitat). Nesters include Ferruginous Hawk, Common Poorwill, Gray Flycatcher, Pinyon and Western Scrub-Jays, Juniper Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird, and Loggerhead Shrike. Look for Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, and Lesser Scaup near Stone Reservoir. Fall brings Canada and Snow Geese. Wintering birds include Killdeer, Marsh Wren, and Song Sparrows.

More Information:
USFS (208) 524-7500
Malad Chamber of Commerce (208) 766-9230

Curlew National Grasslands
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Long-billed Curlew
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 34% 34%
other Graph illustrating 11% 11%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 55% 55%

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 N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N ALL
Waterbirds N N N Y Y N N Y Y N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Blackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkLoonShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWrens 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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