Join the Intermountain Bird Observatory crew for a morning of songbird banding at our beautiful Boise River site! We will be catching, banding, and releasing wild songbirds all morning as part of our standardized breeding season monitoring protocol. Drop by and stay as long as you like, but try to arrive before 10am and plan to stay at least an hour to have the best chance of seeing birds. Depending on the heat, we may close our nets as early as 10am.
It costs IBO about $7 per visitor to host these banding days. This project is funded 100% by donations from visitors like you. Thank you! Please plan to bring cash or check if you'd like to make a donation. A $5 donation per guest would be greatly appreciated.
We require that visitors register because weather can be unpredictable and we need to have a way to contact you if the event is cancelled last minute. So, please register here if you plan to attend, and provide your email address.
**Parking and other important details here: http://ibo.boisestate.edu/boiseriver/ **
Among other information, bird banding gives us data on population numbers, age and sex ratios, reproductive success, breeding timing, migration movements, and individual longevity. This information can be used to study the impacts of climate change, the importance of different habitat types, and changes in species populations.
Attendees will be able to see songbirds up close as they are measured, weighed, and tagged by IBO biologists. Depending on how many birds we catch, visitors will be able to help release the birds by holding out thier hand as a release platform.
All ages are welcome. This site is somewhat handicap accessible (but please contact ahead of time us for details).
Bird banding is unpredictable. We cannot promise that we will catch birds. However, the riparian vegetation at this site provides excellent breeding habitat for songbirds, so chances are good you will see birds, especially if you arrive before 10am before the heat of the day decreases bird activity.
Read more about the river project and find our visitor FAQ link here: http://ibo.boisestate.edu/boiseriver/
**The link above also contains important information about parking and access to the site**
Questions? Contact Heidi: HeidiWare@boisestate.edu
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Read about how to access the site here. You may drive or bike to this location. Scroll down on this page to view the map http://ibo.boisestate.edu/boiseriver/#location
What can/can't I bring to the event?
All visitors should bring water, snacks, necessary meals, and appropriate outdoor clothing. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hats, binoculars, cameras, and field guides. Bring a camp chair if you would like to sit down during your visit. Plan for chilly mornings before the sun reaches the site: bring a jacket and long pants. Visitors planning to go on net runs to see how we capture the birds should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. There is POISON IVY at this location! Please don't wander off trail.
Please do not bring dogs to the banding area.
This project is funded 100% by donations from people who visit us. Please bring a donation to support our work. Thank you!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring your ticket or any proof of registration.