Bald eagles flock to the cottonwood trees north of the Camas National Wildlife Refuge headquarters each evening during winter months. They spend their days flying as far as the Snake River, from this Refuge located about five miles north and west of Hamer, Idaho on I15. Bald eagles are always a joy to watch, but this time of year they can be hard to find.
So, save February 11, 2023 as a wonderful opportunity to join with other like-minded wildlife enthusiasts to watch eagles come in to roost. The annual, Come to Roost activity, sponsored by the Friends of Camas organization, is back after a long hiatus due to Covid-19 (I don't think it was held last year, definitely not in 2020 or 2021).
This fun activity begins at 4:30 p.m. with volunteers from the Friends of Camas organization serving hot chocolate and cookies in a parking area just east of the Refuge headquarters. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes and watch as the eagles return to roost in the trees to the west for the night.
To get to Camas National Wildlife Refuge, take Interstate 15 north to the Hamer Exit. Exit the freeway and go right or east at the stop sign. At the T, turn left and go about 5 miles until you see a sign pointing to the west over a bridge over the freeway. Down several miles, you will find the activity on the left.