Pileated woodpecker on the trunk of a dead Douglas-fir. Heading photo for our Introduction to Bird Watching Guided Nature Program.

Today’s Guided nature Program…


A remarkable variety of birds can be found in the Bogus Basin area. The forests and meadow areas offer tremendous opportunities for observing these active and colorful feathered residents. If you’ve ever had the desire to learn more about the identity and habits of the birds in the forests outside of Boise, try our Introduction to Bird Watching. This Guided Nature Program is designed to help new and beginning birders find, recognize and examine Bogus Basin birds engaged in any number of activities including nesting and territorializing.  This program is only one of the many guided nature programs offered this summer.

When & Where

July 8, 2023 @ 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

This 3-hour outing will meet at Pioneer Lodge at the above-stated time and will cover 2 miles or less at a very casual pace. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Water, snack and sunscreen are highly recommended. Remember to swing by the Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse for lunch and a drink after the program!

How to Register

To sign up for this or any of our awesome Guided Nature Programs, please send an email to indicating the program you wish to register for, date, and the number of people in your group.

FREE All Are Welcome!

Meet your Guide!

Hit the trail with Ray Vizgirdas, retired Wildlife Biologist and lifelong Naturalist for this installment of our Guided Nature Program series. With over three decades of experience working for state and federal agencies, Ray knows a thing or two about the outdoors (he has literally authored guidebooks about the flora at Bogus Basin!). On Saturday mornings/afternoons and Tuesday evenings, Ray covers a new topic relevant to the time of year. Whether it’s wildflowers and edible/useful plants or nature photography and animal behavior, you’re bound to learn a thing or two on your outing.