Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: Located 20 miles from the Canadian border and 5 miles from the town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is bordered by the rugged Selkirk Mountains to the west, the Kootenai River, Deep Creek to the east, and State lands to the south.
Kootenai Refuge provides diverse habitats that consist primarily of wetlands with associated uplands, and hardwood/conifer forests.
Wildlife to Watch: Although the purpose of the refuge is to provide migration habitat for thousands of waterfowl, more than 300 species of vertebrates, including nesting bald eagles, use the refuge for migration and breeding.
Several foot trails and an auto tour road are open from sunrise to sunset daily and offer the opportunity to view songbirds, raptors, deer, and other wildlife. A total of 230 bird species and 45 mammal species have been observed on the refuge.
Special Tips: Spring migrants include mallards, northern pintails, American wigeon, and tundra swans. Canada geese gather on the refuge during August and September, while mallards peak in November. Some waterfowl arrive in the spring and stay to nest on the refuge. The principal species are mallards, cinnamon and blue-winged teal, common goldeneyes, redheads, wood ducks, and Canada geese.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 2774 acres
Closest Town: Bonners Ferry
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