Henrietta the long-billed curlew now has a much better chance of seeing her chicks grow up. That’s largely thanks to The Nature Conservancy’s foresight to help permanently protect and preserve a key nesting ground for these amazing birds– the largest shore birds in North America. The Flat Ranch Preserve is a working cattle ranch along the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in eastern Idaho. A rotational grazing program instituted by The Nature Conservancy means the ranch also serves as critical habitat for curlews.
“It behooves us to see what we can do to keep as many of these native species alive and thriving as long as we can, while also still thriving ourselves,” says Jay Carlisle, Research Director for the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Jay invited our crews along to film as Henrietta returned to her nesting grounds this spring. Henrietta may now be the most famous bird in Idaho, thanks to a radio tracking device and a science curriculum that shows her migratory path online.
Henrietta the long-billed curlew is just one of the segments appearing in Idaho the Movie 2, a film featuring Idaho’s timeless beauty in untouched places.
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