WREN is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We count on volunteers like YOU to help with our education and conservation programs. We are still developing our volunteer opportunities for this summer and fall, so please check back soon for details.
VOLUNTEER: Contact us if you want to help:
at Wildlife Camp July 11 & 12
Build a Story Trail in Boundary County or
Plant a native plant garden in Kootenai County
CONSERVATION ACTION: WREN has participated in several surveys and habitat enhancement projects to better understand and protect our native wildlife and plants:
Building a Raft to Improve
Loon Nesting Habitat
LOONS: Thirty volunteers conducted the first comprehensive survey of loon habitat on 11 North Idaho Lakes. Partnering with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Avista Utilities, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and others, we built and anchored loon nesting rafts to improve the habitat for this rare Idaho bird.
BUTTERFLIES: We helped survey butterflies in Eugene, Oregon and in Latah County, Idaho.
NATIVE PLANTS: Partnering with boy scouts, WREN designed and planted 2 gardens featuring 60 species native to our region. Visit these gardens at the Forest
Service offices in Smelterville and Coeur d’Alene to learn about
pollinators and how to identify dozens of species of Rocky Mountain
wildflowers. WREN, Red Willow Research and the Forest Service provided funding. We
have also planted native shrubs to improve riparian habitat along the
Willamette River in Portland.
BATS: Abandoned mines are important habitat for many species of
bats year-round. When people explore these old mines, the bats are
displaced from their habitat. In a partnership with the National
Wildlife Federation and Selkirk Conservation Alliance, WREN built this
gate. Now five species of bats can fly through the gate to hibernate
undisturbed in this mine.