Northern Idaho and surrounding areas of Washington and Montana are blessed with a great variety of both flora and fauna. The southern edge of the boreal forest, the Rocky Mountains and inter-montane habitat types blend into one another into. Many species of migratory birds pass through the Idaho panhandle following Pacific flyway routes. Canada Geese, often called Honkers, are one of the most common. Large flocks settle on the lakes and rivers.
Some Canada Geese are also year-round residents in the Sandpoint-Lake Pend Oreille area. The image below depicts some of them on Sand Creek just a short distance upriver from Sandpoint.
While we do not seem to have suffered from a loss of birds that has plagued many part of North America I have noticed an increasing number of dead geese, and fish, in recent years while in my kayak. Whether that somehow results from the appearance of Eurasian Milfoil in out waterways, chemicals used to combat the infestation, construction and habitat degradation near the water, or some other factor, I do not know, but I worry about environmental degradation in this are as the population grows.
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