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2017 Newsletter

How can YOU make a significant impact towards conservation?

We want to express our heartfelt thanks for all the donations and support we’ve received to date. Thank YOU for your continued generosity! With the end of the year fast approaching, IBO needs your help to support some of our … (Read More) How can YOU make a significant impact towards conservation?

Ecotourism in Southern Africa

In 2014, IBO formed a partnership with the Gorongosa Restoration Project, which in ~3 short years already includes IBO’s research on vultures and other raptors as well as mentoring young Mozambican scientists. Since the start of this partnership we’ve had … (Read More) Ecotourism in Southern Africa

Gorongosa Research Update

IBO continued its work in Mozambique at Gorongosa National Park in 2017. We are now tracking both African White-backed and White-headed Vultures using satellite telemetry (Check out this map on our web site). A team visited the park in June … (Read More) Gorongosa Research Update

Hummingbirds and Climate Change: What can pollen tell us?

For years IBO has dreamed of adding pollen sampling to our summer hummingbird monitoring project to help us learn more about hummingbird diet. Thanks to some funding provided by the Murdock Partners in Science Program we have finally been able … (Read More) Hummingbirds and Climate Change: What can pollen tell us?

Curlews in the Classroom: Bringing Conservation and Kids Together

The IBO’s popular “Curlews in The Classroom” had an amazing 2017 season! IBO Outreach Coordinator, Heather Hayes, reached more than 5,400 students throughout the Treasure Valley. Through this program, 28 schools and more than 180 classes learned about the biology, … (Read More) Curlews in the Classroom: Bringing Conservation and Kids Together

IBO Receives Grant for Short-eared Owl Survey Expansion

The Short-eared Owl has experienced a long-term, range-wide, substantial decline in North America. It is believed that the population has declined by up to 60% in the past 50 years. The species is considered “climate endangered” by the National Audubon … (Read More) IBO Receives Grant for Short-eared Owl Survey Expansion

Bioacoustics: Recording Nocturnal Flight Calls at MPG Ranch, Montana

Did you know that birds use high frequency calls to find each other at night?! This is one theory explaining why many bird species emit short (40 -150 ms), mid- to high frequency (3-10 kHz) vocalizations called Nocturnal Flight Calls … (Read More) Bioacoustics: Recording Nocturnal Flight Calls at MPG Ranch, Montana

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Update

If you asked a room full of birders, biologists, and researchers alike this question “How many of you have seen a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Idaho?”, probably only one or two hands would raise, and the rest of the room would … (Read More) Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Update

IMBCR Program Update

Every year from early-May through mid-July, IBO sends numerous technicians out to the wilds of Idaho, Montana, and Utah to conduct point-count style bird surveys for a large-scale monitoring program called the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR). Coordinated … (Read More) IMBCR Program Update

Waffles and Warblers: A Benefit for the Birds!

On October 7th, IBO held our first ever benefit and it was a “sweet” success! We partnered with “Waffle Me Up” restaurant of Boise for a beautiful fall morning at our Boise River Banding Station. Over 100 people came down … (Read More) Waffles and Warblers: A Benefit for the Birds!