A place of refuge

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  • Groups of Canada geese peacefully navigate the Cougar Bay Preserve on Lake Coeur d’Alene as traffic on U.S. 95 in the background roars by.

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    A Swainson’s thrush makes its presence known in the Cougar Bay Preserve.

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    A chipmunk enjoys breakfast in the Cougar Bay Preserve on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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    A channel in the Cougar Bay Preserve serves as refuge for multiple types of birds.

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    Water lilies add vibrant color to the wetlands at Cougar Bay Preserve.

  • Groups of Canada geese peacefully navigate the Cougar Bay Preserve on Lake Coeur d’Alene as traffic on U.S. 95 in the background roars by.

  • 1

    A Swainson’s thrush makes its presence known in the Cougar Bay Preserve.

  • 2

    A chipmunk enjoys breakfast in the Cougar Bay Preserve on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

  • 3

    A channel in the Cougar Bay Preserve serves as refuge for multiple types of birds.

  • 4

    Water lilies add vibrant color to the wetlands at Cougar Bay Preserve.

Cougar Bay Preserve offers visitors a two-mile interpretive hiking trail and opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and watching birds and wildlife.

The 88-acre lakefront area is two miles south of Coeur d’Alene along U.S. 95.

The Cougar Bay lands are co-managed by The Nature Conservance and the Bureau of Land Management.

There are 34 rare animal species known to use the site, including 27 species of birds.

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BRIAN WALKER/Press

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