Birds of the Scotchmans

The Scotchman Peaks elevation profile, proximity to Lake Pend O’reille and many micro-climates create diverse habitats.  We see that in the forests and native plants, from Cedar lined tree bottoms and lush meadows to high alpine zones.  The careful observer will also notice the abundant variety of birds who either visit or call the Scotchmans home.

Birders and non birders alike will enjoy hearing (and seeing) more about the Birds of the Scotchmans!  Jon Isacoff and Phil Hough team up to bring a unique presentation to our communities: “Wilderness and Birding in the Scotchman Peaks Region of Idaho-Montana.”

Phil will provide an overview of the wilderness benefits and potential for this wonderful corner of Idaho and Montana. Jon will share his Scotchmans’ birding experiences. Come enjoy the dramatic beauty of these wild lands and wild birds, through compelling slides and stories.

We have had large audiences in the past when we have presented this stunning slide show to the Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society and to the Spokane Audubon Society.  This week we take the show on the road to Moscow Idaho! Come join us as the Palouse Audubon Society hosts us on Wed May 19th, 7:30pm at the 1912 Center, FISKE ROOM, 3rd and Adams, in Moscow.  The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Jon Isacoff is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. From 2005 to 2007, Jon’s Service-Learning course on Ecology and Environmentalism at GU worked in partnership with the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Jon is Field Trip Chair and Lifetime Member of the Spokane Audubon Society and he served as Co-Chair of the Hiking Committee of the Spokane Mountaineers from 2006-2008. Jon is the Washington Year List Project Compiler for Spokane County and leads field trips for Spokane and Coeur D’Alene Audubon Society’s as well as the Washington Ornithological Society.

If you can’t make this presentation, you can still enjoy a list of birds found in the Scotchmans as well as slide show of stunning photos:

Let us know if you find any species not on this list!

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Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

He has hiked the "triple crown": the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice). He has also paddled the length of the Yukon river. Phil's love of wilderness guides him as he works to save the incrediblly wild Scotchman Peaks, one of the last and largest roadless places in northern Idaho and western Montana.

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