More of the IBA was sampled in 2009‐10 than the earlier dates so some increase in breeding pairs might be expected. Some variability in breeding pairs was expected due to normal fluctuations in bird activity and the variability inherent in the sampling process. With this in mind, we found that most of the species maintained stable breeding populations. The Lewis’s Woodpecker, a keystone species that gives the IBA a rating of Continental significance, did very well. We are concerned about the apparent decline of the Red‐eyed Vireo, a species that seeks cottonwood and aspen riparian areas. We are also puzzled by indications of decline in the Hooded Merganser and possibly Red‐napped Sapsucker. Overall however, we believe the IBA is functioning well and helping to protect important bird species.
by Jim Brown