Big Birding Afternoon: Pioneer Reservoir – Clover Creek Loop

Migration is happening in Idaho , plan on taking advantage of migratory birds that funnel through the state, resting and refueling on wetlands, forests and canyons.  And identify our summer arrivals to our
sage-brush steppe habitat. Join us on a short road trip through various habitats providing a “huge” variety of birds. This is an auto tour on paved and well maintained gravel roads. Pioneer Reservoir is roughly 18 miles from Hagerman and we will return on the Clover Creek road. Springtime may bring Prairie and Peregrine Falcons and American Kestrel along with nesting Burrowing Owls. Passerines include Savannah, Lark, Vesper, and Brewer’s Sparrows. The reservoir is good for waterfowl including Northern Pintail, Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes, Mallard, and scaup. Shorebirds could also be present.  Please bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have one. Please arrive a little early to assist in carpooling needs.


Sparrow Identification Class

Sparrows are the most famous of the “little brown birds” that send beginning birders back to the river to look at ducks, herons, and eagles. Most species of sparrows are pretty easy to identify, especially when they are singing and in breeding plumage. Admittedly, at other times of year and in other plumages, some of them are hard – but not impossible – to tell apart. There are 25 species in the New World Sparrows (Passerellidae) that occur in Idaho, and 21 of these are more than “casual” or “accidental.” Another 6 species from other families may be confused with sparrows. We will explore 6 different approaches to identifying these species and separating them from one another – plumage, song, habitat, abundance, seasonality, and taxonomy. This workshop also will be an opportunity to learn clues that other birders in the audience use to identify these species.

Mountain Bluebird Trail Monitoring

Easy:  Meet some of the best experts in the area and learn all about the intricacies of the Idaho State bird, the Mountain Bluebird, its habitat and nesting parameters, how to build ideal nesting boxes, and the immense rewards of monitoring a bluebird trail, the excitement of counting eggs and fledglings, the enrichment of supporting a species.

Follow the experts into the mountain bluebird trails and learn to monitor the nests, count eggs and fledglings!

This is an excursion field trip into the Camas Prairie foothills.


BIRDS OF PREY with Erin Katzner, Peregrine Fund

This year’s theme is migratory birds and how our birds here are dependent on habitats in S. America.  Erin will bring several birds including an American Kestrel and Swainson’s Hawk for sure then since both species migrate to central and South America.

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412-606-1653 (Cell), 208-362-8277 (office)
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID  83709
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Bird Watching 102 at Thousand Springs

Easy: This tour is designed for people who want to look a little longer at a particular bird, rather than racing off to add another bird to this list. The afternoon trip will explore the trails and areas on the mainland portion Thousand Springs Park that is adjacent to Ritter Island. This trip will involve some scrambling over uneven terrain which could, depending upon the weather, a little wet or muddy.