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Little things can accomplish a lot

This tiny fledgling Calliope Hummingbird doesn’t let his size hold him back. Weighing as much as a dime and only a few months old, this little guy will soon be winging his way thousands of miles south…all the way to … (Read More) Little things can accomplish a lot

Yellow Warblers Love the Boise River: A High School Student Investigates

For the past few months, Sage International School senior, Zoe Daly has been working on a project using Yellow Warbler data from the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s Boise River Research Station. In the Fall of 2017 IBO ran nets daily during … (Read More) Yellow Warblers Love the Boise River: A High School Student Investigates

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?

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!

Boise River Update

This year marked some really exciting advances for our Boise River Project, with big strides forward for the site development, outreach, and research aspects of the project, including plans for a capital campaign! Development IBO has worked over the past … (Read More) Boise River Update

Wanted: Winter Hummingbird Sightings

We’re starting a new project, and need your help! Have you seen a hummingbird in Idaho this winter? Please contact us with your sightings. Learn more about this research project here: https://ibo.boisestate.edu/winter-hummers/ (Read More) Wanted: Winter Hummingbird Sightings

You saw what?!

Photos and story by Jay Carlisle After a couple of weeks of fund-raising and other office work, I happily jumped at a chance to get out for a couple days of woodpecker surveys on the Boise National Forest. I needed … (Read More) You saw what?!

Hybrid Hummingbird in Idaho City!

Today was quite the exciting day at our hummingbird banding event in Idaho City! It was starting to warm up and capture rate was slowing down when a volunteer brought a hummingbird over to the banding table and said that … (Read More) Hybrid Hummingbird in Idaho City!

Hummingbirds Return from Mexico

Since May 17th of this year we have been conducting our hummingbird monitoring project. We have had 32 hummingbirds return to the same feeders that we originally banded them at over a year ago! Last fall these tiny hummingbirds travelled all the … (Read More) Hummingbirds Return from Mexico