North Idaho College is a 28-acre campus surrounded by a diked road. The south side faces Coeur d?Alene Lake, and the west side faces the Spokane River. There is approximately one half mile of sandy beach with ponderosa pines that are over 100 years old. This beach area is used by a variety of birds.
During the winter, large flocks of gulls (California, Ring-billed, Herring) and waterfowl (Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Common Merganser) can be found here. California and Ring-billed Gulls are also found here during migration and summer. Pygmy Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Townsend?s Solitaire, Townsend?s Warbler, and MacGillivray?s Warbler are to be seen here as well.
There is heavy recreational use in the summer, as the beach is open to the public. Potential also exists for the college to expand its facilities, which may cause the removal of the ponderosa pines.
100+ year-old ponderosa pines on some of the acreage and access to 2 sources of water; the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d?Alene, make this great habitat for gulls.