The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes passes through a diverse landscape with numerous habitats making it one of the best birding locales in North Idaho. Here you will find mixed conifer forests, wetlands, agricultural fields, urban streetscapes, cottonwood groves, and deep water. According to the Coeur d’Alene Audubon, the Trail bisects all the major low-elevation habitat types found in North Idaho. This habitat profile yields a potential list of 189 species, plus an additional 48 very rare species.
The diverse habitats are also home to an abundant array of wildlife that call North Idaho home. Elk, white-tailed Deer, and Moose are commonly seen. Keep an eye out for smaller mammals such as coyote, beaver, muskrat and river otters. Squirrels and chipmunks are commonly seen and heard. Please keep a safe distance from all wildlife and help protect their environment.
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Birding Checklist: