Intermountain Bird Observatory
Intermountain Bird Observatory Research Projects


 

Diane Moore Nature Center: IBO on the River

 

IBO is expanding its reach by establishing an outdoor nature center in SE Boise along the Boise River near Highway 21. The goals of this community project are:

 

1) Habitat restoration. Improve fish habitat and water quality, improve riparian habitat, restore shrub-steppe updands and create pollinator gardens.

2) Provide human access. Develop gravel trails with elevated boardwalks, wildlife viewing structures and interpretive signs. Improve river access for fishing.

3) Develop year-round education programs. Host K-12 students, university students and the public to the site annually as a part of a formal outdoor community education outreach program.

 

Hummingbirds

Have you felt the pulse of a hummingbird heartbeat on your palm? Do you know that we’ve banded thousands of hummingbirds and some of those same Idaho birds have been recaptured near Mexico? Or that a male Calliope Hummingbird weighs the same as a dime? Though our hummingbird project is primarily research-driven, we also love getting the community involved to see the science that we do! Kids and adults both delight in the opportunity to see these gems up close and personal, to feel the heartbeat, and to release these hummingbirds back into the wild. To hold a hummingbird in your hand is something people of all ages will remember, and we hope that the connection and conservation ideals will carry forward throughout their whole life. If we open anyone’s eyes and heart to appreciating and respecting nature, then our work has incredible meaning.

This project is largely funded through donations – your donation will go directly towards the hummingbird project and allow us to continue this project in 2020. The more donations we receive, the more public banding days we can offer. If you’d like to be part of one, two or even more (!) banding days next summer, please know that your donation will go directly towards making this a reality. We can't do it without your financial support. Be sure to sign up for one of our upcoming hummingbird banding dates in 2020 – we’d love to see you there!

 

Curlews

With the use of satellite transmitters, the IBO has discovered that poaching is a much bigger issue than initially thought. Almost 50% of curlews fitted with satellite transmitters between 2013-2017 have been confirmed as poaching fatalities in SW Idaho!

The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is partnering with many state and federal agencies and conservation groups to increase awareness and help stop the decline of the Long-billed Curlew. Since its start in 2017, our Hunter’s Education outreach “Know Your Target” program has reached 200+ participants (adults and children) throughout the Treasure Valley! This engaging programming teaches students not only how fascinating curlews and other protected species are, but also the importance of knowing your target and what it means to be an ethical hunter. It is our hope to continue this work to help students become good stewards of the land. Your contributions today will help us reach more students than ever with this important message!

 

Lucky Peak

Our Lucky Peak research station is IBO's longest running project (since 1993!) and one that is near and dear to the hearts of many who have visited, volunteered, or camped out at this research station in the woods. A generation of young scientists have now gotten their start at Lucky Peak through our internship and field trip programs, going on to become great conservationists, scientists, and educators in the field! Each year, we host thousands of visitors at Lucky Peak, sharing with them the conservation science and monitoring work we do every day. From crowds of tiny Ruby-crowned Kinglets, to a swooping Cooper's Hawk, to the blinking eyes of a Saw-whet Owl, Lucky Peak provides a connection with nature and unforgettable memories to all who visit. But we can't continue this project without your help! Our work at Lucky Peak is funded by your donations.

Intermountain Bird Observatory Gifts
Rank State Donors
1 ID 31
2 AK 2
3 CA 1
Leaderboard
All Nighter Challenge
The unit with the most gifts from 10 p.m. (Sept. 10) to 6 a.m. (Sept. 11) receives a $1,000 bonus.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $1,000 College of Engineering 39
2 Student Services 6
3 College of Innovation and Design 6
4 Blue Thunder Marching Band 5
5 Scholarships 5
6 Lacrosse - Womens Club 5
7 College of Business and Economics 4
8 Honors College 4
9 College of Health Sciences 2
10 Alumni Association 2
11 College of Arts and Sciences 2
12 Athletics 2
13 Sustainability Club and Community Garden 2
14 BroncoFit 1
15 Service Learning 1
16 Club Water Polo Women 1
17 Athletic Training Student Association 1
18 Men's Baseball Club 1
19 School of Public Service 1
20 Men's Club Rugby 1
21 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 1
22 Boise State Public Radio 1
23 College of Education 1
24 Idaho Innocence Project 1
25 Men's Club Soccer 1
26 Spirit Squad 1
27 Organizacion de Estudiantes Latinos-Americanos 1
28 Veterans Services 1
29 Student Impact Board 0
30 Club Golf 0
31 Club Tennis 0
32 Albertsons Library 0
33 Campus Community 0
34 Campus Recreation 0
35 Club Rodeo 0
36 Club Softball 0
37 Club Sporting Arms 0
38 Club Triathlon 0
39 Club Water Polo Mens 0
40 Diversity and Inclusion 0
41 Graduate College 0
42 Hockey - Mens Club 0
43 Hockey - Womens Club 0
44 Intermountain Bird Observatory 0
45 Lacrosse - Mens Club 0
46 Men's Club Ultimate 0
47 Men's Club Volleyball 0
48 Society of Women Engineers 0
49 The Bee Team 0
50 The Frank Church Institute 0
51 Women's Club Basketball 0
52 Women's Club Rugby 0
53 Women's Club Soccer 0
54 Women's Club Ultimate 0
55 Women's Club Volleyball 0
Ended
Leaderboard
Happy Hour Challenge
The unit with the most gifts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 receives a $500 bonus.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $500 College of Engineering 105
2 Lacrosse - Womens Club 73
3 Alumni Association 30
4 Athletics 21
5 Intermountain Bird Observatory 15
6 Blue Thunder Marching Band 14
7 Honors College 11
8 College of Arts and Sciences 10
9 Albertsons Library 9
10 Student Services 8
11 College of Innovation and Design 8
12 Women's Club Soccer 6
13 Idaho Innocence Project 5
14 Diversity and Inclusion 5
15 Spirit Squad 4
16 Men's Club Rugby 4
17 BroncoFit 3
18 College of Education 3
19 Athletic Training Student Association 3
20 Club Water Polo Women 3
21 Scholarships 2
22 Men's Baseball Club 2
23 Graduate College 2
24 Club Golf 2
25 Organizacion de Estudiantes Latinos-Americanos 2
26 College of Business and Economics 2
27 Campus Community 2
28 Service Learning 2
29 Veterans Services 2
30 College of Health Sciences 1
31 School of Public Service 1
32 Women's Club Rugby 1
33 The Bee Team 1
34 The Frank Church Institute 1
35 Boise State Public Radio 1
36 Student Impact Board 0
37 Club Tennis 0
38 Campus Recreation 0
39 Club Rodeo 0
40 Club Softball 0
41 Club Sporting Arms 0
42 Club Triathlon 0
43 Club Water Polo Mens 0
44 Hockey - Mens Club 0
45 Hockey - Womens Club 0
46 Lacrosse - Mens Club 0
47 Men's Club Soccer 0
48 Men's Club Ultimate 0
49 Men's Club Volleyball 0
50 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 0
51 Society of Women Engineers 0
52 Sustainability Club and Community Garden 0
53 Women's Club Basketball 0
54 Women's Club Ultimate 0
55 Women's Club Volleyball 0
Ended
Success!
Early Bird Special
Congratulations to Krishna Pakala for the first gift of Bronco Giving Day 2020! He's chosen to split the $500 between the College of Engineering and the Student Food Pantry. Thank you Krishna!
Completed
Leaderboard
Kick-Off Challenge
The unit that receives the most gifts during our from Midnight to 8:00 am on September 10th will unlock an additional $1,000 donation!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $1,000 College of Engineering 58
2 Blue Thunder Marching Band 24
3 Honors College 9
4 Diversity and Inclusion 8
5 Intermountain Bird Observatory 8
6 Alumni Association 7
7 Albertsons Library 5
8 College of Business and Economics 4
9 Student Services 4
10 College of Education 4
11 Spirit Squad 4
12 Athletics 4
13 Scholarships 3
14 College of Arts and Sciences 3
15 Athletic Training Student Association 3
16 Women's Club Volleyball 2
17 Boise State Public Radio 2
18 Lacrosse - Womens Club 2
19 BroncoFit 1
20 College of Health Sciences 1
21 School of Public Service 1
22 Club Water Polo Women 1
23 Campus Recreation 1
24 Campus Community 1
25 Graduate College 1
26 Men's Club Rugby 1
27 Student Impact Board 0
28 Service Learning 0
29 Club Golf 0
30 Club Tennis 0
31 Club Rodeo 0
32 Club Softball 0
33 Club Sporting Arms 0
34 Club Sports 0
35 Club Triathlon 0
36 Club Water Polo Mens 0
37 College of Innovation and Design 0
38 Hockey - Mens Club 0
39 Hockey - Womens Club 0
40 Idaho Innocence Project 0
41 Lacrosse - Mens Club 0
42 Men's Baseball Club 0
43 Men's Club Soccer 0
44 Men's Club Ultimate 0
45 Men's Club Volleyball 0
46 Organizacion de Estudiantes Latinos-Americanos 0
47 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 0
48 Society of Women Engineers 0
49 Student Organizations 0
50 Sustainability Club and Community Garden 0
51 The Bee Team 0
52 The Frank Church Institute 0
53 Veterans Services 0
54 Women's Club Basketball 0
55 Women's Club Rugby 0
56 Women's Club Soccer 0
57 Women's Club Ultimate 0
Ended
$500
Be 225! Faculty/Staff 225th Gift Challenge
225th faculty/staff member to make a gift wins a $500 bonus for the college of their choice.
225 / 225 Donors
Completed
Success!
Future Bronco Challenge
Congratulations to Amy Vechionne on winning the Future Bronco contest! What a cute kiddo!
Completed
Success!
Bronco Trivia
Congratulations to our trivia winners, Leigh Ann Dufferena, Kellen Christensen and Loan Dominguez!
Completed
$500
Robin Garwood Intermountain Bird Observatory Challenge
Thanks to a generous donation from Robin Gardwood, once the IBO receives 25 donations, a $500 gift will be unlocked to support the program!
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
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