Latest Updates!

HFWA goes to Boise

This January, HFWA attended the first Idaho Wildlife Sportsmens Partnership meeting (formerly Camo at the Capital) in Boise! Watch the video to get a summary of our visit.

New Region of Focus

In 2023, we expanded our region of focus to include the entire Henrys Fork watershed. This new area of focus will allow us to expand our services to our volunteers and members who live outside the Island Park area, but who are deeply invested in the wildlife of the Henrys Fork.

See our new map on our About Us page!

Have an idea for a conservation need or project in your area? Contact us here!

Resources

  • HFWA NewsMarch 23, 2023
    Volunteers Build Homes for FalconsPrinted in Island Park News March 16, 2023 On Saturday evening March 4, 2023 volunteers braved the weather to gather at the Ashton Community Center to build nest boxes for… [...]
  • BlogMarch 23, 2023
    Saving the Birds From My Bird FeederBy Caitlyn Wanner Near the end of January, I noticed something odd about a couple of juvenile house finches that were visiting my bird feeder. “Poor thing,” I thought. “Something… [...]
  • BlogFebruary 9, 2023
    Surviving Below ZeroBy Jim McGeever As of this writing, winter has a firm grasp on the Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance footprint. Significant and much-needed snowstorms have left our snowpack and snow water… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 25, 2022
    Rise and ShineBy Lorraine Snipper I know, I know… You’re on vacation and want to sleep in.  I’ve been there myself, on more than one occasion! I have a secret to share. I… [...]
  • HFWA News / IdahoJuly 24, 2022
    Fire Ecology Field Trip in Island ParkBy Caitlyn Wanner With more massive wildfires making the news each summer and filling the air with smoke, public concern is growing over the risk of wildfires in Island Park.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 21, 2022
    Appreciating a Conservation Easementby Jean Bjerke People love Island Park for many reasons. Its natural beauty, mountains, valleys, lakes and streams. Its abundant wildlife and birds, and its world-class fishing. Its lush meadows,… [...]
  • HFWA News / IdahoJuly 17, 2022
    Hundreds attend wildlife conservation event in Island ParkISLAND PARK – Two hundred members and guests celebrated Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance’s first big event since the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday night at Meadow Vue Ranch in Island Park.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Bats of IdahoBy Sarah Cubells For good reason, the birds and large mammals of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are the awe-inspiring “main characters” among locals and tourists alike. But, outside of Halloween… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Sage GrouseBy Caitlyn Wanner This is the first summer in several years I haven’t spent doing sage-grouse research, first as a wildlife technician and then for my master’s thesis. I am… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Eared Grebes at Henrys LakeBy Mary VanFleet Grebes are a fun family of birds to watch at Henrys Lake. They are constantly chattering in the bays, even before the ice is off. You can’t… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 2, 2022
    Grizzly FamilyArticle and photo by Charlie Lansche I had the good fortune of watching this Yellowstone grizzly family over the past few days as they peacefully foraged and grazed in an… [...]
  • Idaho / WildlifeMay 27, 2022
    Food-Conditioned Grizzlies Put Down in Island ParkPublished May 22, 2022 The following is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. ISLAND PARK – On May 21, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyMay 26, 2022
    Trumpeter Swans at Henrys LakeArticle by Mary VanFleet Photo by Jean Bjerke Trumpeter Swans (TS) have historically nested at Henrys Lake, but have not been breeding there much of the last 50 yrs. Historically widespread in the US, by 1900’s there only… [...]
  • HFWA NewsDecember 2, 2021
    Certified bear-tested trash containers provided to Island ParkBy News Team ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) – At West Yellowstone’s Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center (GWDC), Grizzlies test containers by spending an hour or more attempting to break into them.… [...]
  • HFWA NewsNovember 24, 2021
    Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance hires volunteer and project coordinatorBy News Team ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) – Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance has announced Caitlyn Wanner will be their Volunteer and Project Coordinator.  Wanner grew up in eastern Idaho and is… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyOctober 12, 2021
    Birds of Henrys LakeBy Lorraine Snipper There is supposedly a difference between birdwatching (unintentional, unplanned) and being a birder (very intentional, seeking out birds). I had always thought that birders check off lists,… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 26, 2021
    Beavers are Forces of Natureby Ben Goldfarb Like most people who enjoy mucking about in streams, I’ve had my share of beaver encounters. I was always impressed by their underwater grace, their ingenuity, and… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 19, 2021
    Birds in Island ParkBy Lorraine Snipper My yard here in Island Park is a haven for many birds, in all seasons. In the spring/early summer, birds are in the process of picking mates… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 12, 2021
    Bald EaglesBy Deb Drain I have the good fortune to be able to observe a pair of mature, strongly pair-bonded, highly successful Bald Eagles. Over the past 4 summers they have… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 5, 2021
    Struggles of the Whitebark PineBy Jean Bjerke The famous early 20th century naturalist John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the… [...]
  • Idaho / WildlifeAugust 4, 2021
    Yellowstone National Park engages with Tribes to improve partnershipsBy Aaron Brown MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (Release) – As the Yellowstone 150th anniversary approaches in 2022, the park is working to engage with Tribes around potential actions to expand tribal… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 29, 2021
    Hibernation, Migration, and AdaptationBy Sarah Cubells There are so many things to love about summer in East Idaho. But as we all are well aware, this summer has been particularly hot and dry.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 22, 2021
    Western Tiger SalamanderBy Sarah Cubells When learning about the iconic species of Greater Yellowstone, elk, moose, bison, bears, and the many spectacular bird species are often the center of discussion. Personally, I’ve… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 15, 2021
    Butterflies of Island ParkBy Jean Bjerke Butterflies are amazing insects. The first thing we notice is probably their beautiful colors. They are delicate and fragile looking, but are tougher than most people imagine.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 8, 2021
    Lichen: The Organism That Looks Like a Plant, But Isn’tBy Deb Drain When you are out and about, and you see rocks that have orange, grey, black, or green stuff on them that looks like a plant, but not… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 1, 2021
    Hummingbirds in Island ParkArticle and photo by Jean Bjerke Hummingbirds are beautiful jewels of color and marvels of aerodynamics. Their wings beat up to 80 beats per second, and they are the only… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 24, 2021
    Great Gray Owl RecoveryBy Becky Hall On October 10, 2020 a car struck a great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) in Island Park. Fortunately, it was taken to the Teton Raptor Center (TRC) in… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 17, 2021
    Big Game is a Big Deal in Fremont CountyBy Gregg Servheen No doubt most Fremont county residents live here because of its high quality of life. If asked for the top three reasons why Fremont county’s quality of… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 10, 2021
    Sage Grouse Courtship DisplayArticle and photo by Jean Bjerke I love the sometimes flamboyant and even outrageous behavior of birds and wildlife to attract mates. One of my favorites is the mating display… [...]
  • IdahoJune 7, 2021
    Summer work commencing on the Targhee ForestIDAHO FALLS, ID – June 7, 2021 – Summer 2021 is shaping out to be busy on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, both in terms of recreation visitors and project work. “The… [...]
  • HFWA NewsMarch 23, 2023
    Volunteers Build Homes for FalconsPrinted in Island Park News March 16, 2023 On Saturday evening March 4, 2023 volunteers braved the weather to gather at the Ashton Community Center to build nest boxes for… [...]
  • BlogMarch 23, 2023
    Saving the Birds From My Bird FeederBy Caitlyn Wanner Near the end of January, I noticed something odd about a couple of juvenile house finches that were visiting my bird feeder. “Poor thing,” I thought. “Something… [...]
  • UncategorizedMarch 23, 2023
    Kestrel Box Building sign upOur Next Event will be on: March 27th in Rexburg Loading… Form not working? Let us know you’re coming by emailing caitlyn@henrysforkwildlifealliance.org [...]
  • BlogFebruary 9, 2023
    Surviving Below ZeroBy Jim McGeever As of this writing, winter has a firm grasp on the Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance footprint. Significant and much-needed snowstorms have left our snowpack and snow water… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 25, 2022
    Rise and ShineBy Lorraine Snipper I know, I know… You’re on vacation and want to sleep in.  I’ve been there myself, on more than one occasion! I have a secret to share. I… [...]
  • HFWA News / IdahoJuly 24, 2022
    Fire Ecology Field Trip in Island ParkBy Caitlyn Wanner With more massive wildfires making the news each summer and filling the air with smoke, public concern is growing over the risk of wildfires in Island Park.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 21, 2022
    Appreciating a Conservation Easementby Jean Bjerke People love Island Park for many reasons. Its natural beauty, mountains, valleys, lakes and streams. Its abundant wildlife and birds, and its world-class fishing. Its lush meadows,… [...]
  • HFWA News / IdahoJuly 17, 2022
    Hundreds attend wildlife conservation event in Island ParkISLAND PARK – Two hundred members and guests celebrated Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance’s first big event since the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday night at Meadow Vue Ranch in Island Park.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Bats of IdahoBy Sarah Cubells For good reason, the birds and large mammals of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are the awe-inspiring “main characters” among locals and tourists alike. But, outside of Halloween… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Sage GrouseBy Caitlyn Wanner This is the first summer in several years I haven’t spent doing sage-grouse research, first as a wildlife technician and then for my master’s thesis. I am… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 5, 2022
    Eared Grebes at Henrys LakeBy Mary VanFleet Grebes are a fun family of birds to watch at Henrys Lake. They are constantly chattering in the bays, even before the ice is off. You can’t… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 2, 2022
    Grizzly FamilyArticle and photo by Charlie Lansche I had the good fortune of watching this Yellowstone grizzly family over the past few days as they peacefully foraged and grazed in an… [...]
  • Idaho / WildlifeMay 27, 2022
    Food-Conditioned Grizzlies Put Down in Island ParkPublished May 22, 2022 The following is a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. ISLAND PARK – On May 21, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyMay 26, 2022
    Trumpeter Swans at Henrys LakeArticle by Mary VanFleet Photo by Jean Bjerke Trumpeter Swans (TS) have historically nested at Henrys Lake, but have not been breeding there much of the last 50 yrs. Historically widespread in the US, by 1900’s there only… [...]
  • HFWA NewsDecember 2, 2021
    Certified bear-tested trash containers provided to Island ParkBy News Team ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) – At West Yellowstone’s Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center (GWDC), Grizzlies test containers by spending an hour or more attempting to break into them.… [...]
  • HFWA NewsNovember 24, 2021
    Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance hires volunteer and project coordinatorBy News Team ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) – Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance has announced Caitlyn Wanner will be their Volunteer and Project Coordinator.  Wanner grew up in eastern Idaho and is… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyOctober 12, 2021
    Birds of Henrys LakeBy Lorraine Snipper There is supposedly a difference between birdwatching (unintentional, unplanned) and being a birder (very intentional, seeking out birds). I had always thought that birders check off lists,… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 26, 2021
    Beavers are Forces of Natureby Ben Goldfarb Like most people who enjoy mucking about in streams, I’ve had my share of beaver encounters. I was always impressed by their underwater grace, their ingenuity, and… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 19, 2021
    Birds in Island ParkBy Lorraine Snipper My yard here in Island Park is a haven for many birds, in all seasons. In the spring/early summer, birds are in the process of picking mates… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 12, 2021
    Bald EaglesBy Deb Drain I have the good fortune to be able to observe a pair of mature, strongly pair-bonded, highly successful Bald Eagles. Over the past 4 summers they have… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyAugust 5, 2021
    Struggles of the Whitebark PineBy Jean Bjerke The famous early 20th century naturalist John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the… [...]
  • Idaho / WildlifeAugust 4, 2021
    Yellowstone National Park engages with Tribes to improve partnershipsBy Aaron Brown MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (Release) – As the Yellowstone 150th anniversary approaches in 2022, the park is working to engage with Tribes around potential actions to expand tribal… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 29, 2021
    Hibernation, Migration, and AdaptationBy Sarah Cubells There are so many things to love about summer in East Idaho. But as we all are well aware, this summer has been particularly hot and dry.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 22, 2021
    Western Tiger SalamanderBy Sarah Cubells When learning about the iconic species of Greater Yellowstone, elk, moose, bison, bears, and the many spectacular bird species are often the center of discussion. Personally, I’ve… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 15, 2021
    Butterflies of Island ParkBy Jean Bjerke Butterflies are amazing insects. The first thing we notice is probably their beautiful colors. They are delicate and fragile looking, but are tougher than most people imagine.… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 8, 2021
    Lichen: The Organism That Looks Like a Plant, But Isn’tBy Deb Drain When you are out and about, and you see rocks that have orange, grey, black, or green stuff on them that looks like a plant, but not… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJuly 1, 2021
    Hummingbirds in Island ParkArticle and photo by Jean Bjerke Hummingbirds are beautiful jewels of color and marvels of aerodynamics. Their wings beat up to 80 beats per second, and they are the only… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 24, 2021
    Great Gray Owl RecoveryBy Becky Hall On October 10, 2020 a car struck a great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) in Island Park. Fortunately, it was taken to the Teton Raptor Center (TRC) in… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 17, 2021
    Big Game is a Big Deal in Fremont CountyBy Gregg Servheen No doubt most Fremont county residents live here because of its high quality of life. If asked for the top three reasons why Fremont county’s quality of… [...]
  • Blog / Wildlife WeeklyJune 10, 2021
    Sage Grouse Courtship DisplayArticle and photo by Jean Bjerke I love the sometimes flamboyant and even outrageous behavior of birds and wildlife to attract mates. One of my favorites is the mating display… [...]

What Folks Are Saying about HFWA

Mark Harbaugh, Ashton

“The main focus of HFWA is to bring people together to discuss and prioritize all the different impacts that are happening to our environment.” Mark is a proud Idaho native and former Global Sales Manager at Patagonia. “I traveled literally all over the world” … “places where they’ve had to manage the human-wildlife interaction to basically preserve the resource for the next generations to come along, so another five generations can enjoy the wildlife that we have.”

Becky Hall, Island Park

“There are different sides of the issue but we all need to come together because we love the wildlife, we love the outdoors, we love Idaho…we need to come together and find common ground.” 

Todd Lanning, Island Park 

“I  am a native of Idaho, born and raised. I love Idaho. The only reason I  left was to serve my country and the day I got my discharge papers I  came home to Idaho. I love to hunt and fish in Island Park. I love our  wildlife. I like our robust and growing economy. Our business depends on  hunting and fishing. That’s why I think it’s important to preserve and  protect our wildlife.” 

fox and pups

Janet L. Keefer, St. Anthony

“My family has been in Idaho for more than a 100 years and I have lived in Fremont County for over 40 years. I am accustomed to living in a landscape filled with a diversity of wildlife – the elk, the deer, the moose, and bears – and strikingly beautiful natural wonders. Close to where I now live near St. Anthony, are wintering grounds for much of the unique wildlife which populates this county.  It just makes sense to protect the wildlife and habitat that make this area so special.”