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A Sage-grouse Love Story

by Sally the Sage-grouse

In early spring, we gather around leks, which are open areas near sagebrush used for mating displays. Males need the open areas so they can strut to attract us females by fanning their tail feathers and inflating their bright yellow air sacs in their chests, making a “plopping” sound. Then we females choose the best dancer as our mate.  It’s funny; the things males will do to impress females! After my female sage-grouse friends and I choose a mate, we make our nests in sagebrush, usually within a few miles of the leks.

-Samantha Storms

What a View!

Just over 7000 feet in elevation, the Gilmore summit is located on Hwy 28 as you travel to or from Salmon, Idaho. It is near the famous Gilmore Ghost town and little lesser known ragtown, where silver was mined in Idaho in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Photo: Kevin Storms, Engineering Equipment Operator for BLM-Idaho

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Idaho has some wonderful rafting locations across the state! One of the more unique is the Bruneau-Jarbidge-Owyhee River System which provides visitors with unsurpassed solitude along the canyons. Rafters experience placid pools, turbulent whitewater, vertical cliffs and steep grassy slopes. These rivers and their canyons present visitors with challenging and extraordinary experiences.

Photos thanks to Evan Worthington, Park Ranger, BLM Boise District; post by Samantha Storms

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In February of 2012, the Bureau of Land Management purchased 431 acres known as Fisher Bottoms along the South Fork of the Snake River, Idaho as part of The Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

A historical ranch complex sits on the property and is comprised of six standing structures representing early homesteading and ranching in Idaho. These structures are associated with the Fisher family and well-known author of the frontier Americana genre, Vardis Fisher. Although modifications have taken place since the original construction, the structures represent a historical and cultural landscape associated with homesteading in the West. Several of these structures are in need of preservation work, including but not limited to: stabilization, restoration, and maintenance. Conservation work on these historical structures will allow for a partnership between the BLM and a variety of organizations, special interests groups, and diverse and local communities. 

Marissa Guenther is the Lead Archaeologist on the project and works for the BLM’s Upper Snake Field Office in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Watch a great BLM video about the history and restoration of this piece of American history:  http://youtu.be/vhCcgyRSPac

-Samantha Storms

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A Bugs Life

Dawn Loomis is a Biological Technician for the BLM Idaho, Upper Snake Field Office. She spends most days conducting field inventories of rangelands or assessments of riparian, wildlife and fisheries habitat to determine the health of the resources. In her spare time she enjoys discovering new bugs and sharing her findings with the field office.

-Samantha Storms

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