Wildlife to look out for on the John Day properties in February and March include mule deer, white tail deer, rocky mountain elk, coyote, ermine, bobcat, river otter, racoon, mountain quail, bald eagle, and American dipper.

In the winter, the American dipper can be found along swift flowing creeks and rivers in areas with rocks and cascades. Dippers primarily forage on aquatic insects, often seen dipping on rocks and swimming through the water looking for food. In the spring they build their nests behind cascades and waterfalls to protect their young from predators. All four properties have good dipper habitat with the mainstem property being the easiest place to access the river. Dippers are often seen from the bridge near the McHaley Pond.

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