Category: Riparian Habitat

Volunteers Enhance Habitat in New Eagle Park

The Boise River Enhancement Network teamed up with Eagle Parks and Recreation to enhance riparian habitat at a new park site along the Boise River in 2019. The project doubled as an outdoor classroom to teach willow harvesting and planting techniques. The site of the future Woods Park includes two ponds that initially had little… Read more »

We Have Liftoff for Cottonwood Creek Project

The collaborative Cottonwood Creek Daylighting project is picking up momentum.  The creek design shaping up and a new generation of Black Cottonwood trees are growing.This ambitious project will move Cottonwood Creek out of the buried flume where it has flowed for decades into an engineered creek channel on the east end of Julia Davis Park…. Read more »

Birders Gather Data for Cottonwood Creek Project

by Heidi Ware Carlisle, BSU Intermountain Bird Observatory The east end of Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise will be transformed over the next year. What’s now a mono-culture of turf with scattered mature trees will make way for a vibrant small creek with aquatic and riparian vegetation taking root. Willows, Wood’s Rose, Golden Currant,… Read more »

From Weeds to Wetland

By Erin Brooks and Liz Paul Many hands made quick work of planting over 300 trees and shrubs at Jason Cagle’s constructed wetland in Greenleaf on April 20.  The work involved digging into hard-packed dirt, fording the high-flowing Pipe Gulch Creek, working on steep hillsides and remembering how and where to plant the many species… Read more »

IBO’s Boise River Research Station

By Gregory Kaltenecker, IBO Executive Director Most people know about the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Lucky Peak Station high in the Boise foothills. Volunteers help band hundreds of migratory birds there each year. But IBO has a new research station on the Boise River on the pool created by the Barber Dam. This area of the… Read more »

Yellow Warblers Flock to the Boise River

Used by permission of the Intermountain Bird Observatory For the past few months, Sage International School senior, Zoe Daly has been working on a project using Yellow Warbler data from the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Boise River Research Station. In the Fall of 2017 IBO ran nets daily during fall migration for the first time ever!… Read more »

Plant List for Riparian Enhancement

By Roger Rosentreter PhD, plant ecologist and river lover: High water!  Means you have an opportunity to improve your little bit of the Boise River. Control of invasive species to improve the function and value of critical riparian habitat is a top recommendation of the Boise River Enhancement Plan, and now’s the time everyone can… Read more »

Weeds Fall Prey to High Water and Citizens

By Alan Crockett This year, 2017, the big news regarding the Boise River is the high flow.  And while that’s challenging news for some homeowners and we who recreate on the Greenbelt; there’s good news too.  The most desirable trees along the Greenbelt are the native Cottonwoods and Willows; both can withstand the flooding.  In… Read more »

Science Proves Benefits of High Flows

by Rob Tiedemann, Ph.D. “What do we want . . . empirical science.  When do we want it . . . after peer review.” (April 22, 2017 Sign displayed at the March for Science, Boise, Idaho) By any objective measure employed by peer reviewed science – including species diversity, number of habitat types, and community… Read more »

Floodplains Are Refuge for Fish in High Water

by Michael K. Homza, PE It’s humbling to stand on the banks of the Boise River as it roars by above its official flood discharge of 7,200 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs). It’s deep, cold and fast. I wonder if I could survive an attempt to swim across to the other bank. I shudder at the thought. Luckily,… Read more »