Idaho's Birding Field Trips

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Visitors are gladly invited to participate in these free trips.
Contact the leader or a trip representative (Audubon Society, etc.) for more information.

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Saturday June 2, 2012
8:00 AM

GEAS -- Sagehen Reservoir and Montour

Meet at: 8 AM at Park & Ride on State & Riverside Dr. in Eagle
OR
Meet at 9 AM at Sweet/Montour junction on Hwy 52 between Emmett and Horseshoe Bend, which is about 45 minutes from Boise.

We will make a brief trip to the Montour Wildlife Management Area and then head for Sagehen Reservoir. Hopefully our lunch stop will be in the forest at nest box #1. We will continue on to the reservoir and hope it is not snowed in. This is a great opportunity to observe wild flowers as well as birds. Dress for the weather and bring water, lunch and snacks.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Saturday/Sunday June 2-3, 2012

Camas Lily Days festival

Location: Fairfield, Idaho

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the birds who occupy the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh while the Camas Lilies are in bloom.

On Sunday, June 3rd, Terry Gregory, who manages the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh for Idaho Fish and Game, will be on hand between 10 am and 2 pm at the Observation Point to provide information concerning the flora and fauna. Larry Barnes, who is a birder from Sun Valley, will also be there with spotting scopes and binoculars to point out the birds. In years past, folks would drive to the Marsh to look at the Camas Lilies and not know what else they were seeing. They would leave thinking, “Yep there are a lot of birds and plants out there”, but not know what they just saw. The Marsh is such an amazing place right in our backyard, yet is overlooked by so many.

Terry and Larry's time at the Marsh meshes nicely with the ending of a 5k and 10k walk/run at the Observation Point. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me – Suzanne Schmidt cell (208) 901-1415. thecliff.fairfield@gmail.com

Contact: Suzanne Schmidt (208) 901-1415  thecliff.fairfield@gmail.com

Friday-Saturday
 June 8-9, 2012
7:30 AM

Deer Flat BioBlitz

Location: Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, Nampa

Volunteer for BioBlitz on June 8th or 9th. Or bring some kids.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to help staff the BioBlitz Festival activities on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
GEAS will have our display booth.

A BioBlitz is a 24-hour rapid survey of biological diversity. To celebrate this biodiversity we host a public festival. On June 8th and 9th, local scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will explore Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge to find and identify as many different species of plants and animals as possible.
Although BioBlitzes are held across the country, this is Idaho’s only one. All activities are free, so please volunteer to help the Refuge deliver a fantastic event.

Everyone is welcome to attend and lend a helping hand as we all celebrate the biodiversity at Deer Flat. The Festival on Saturday is free and includes all kinds of fun activities for the family. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, including: staffing Bug Tent, Fish Printing Station, Kid Craft Room, and other activity tables, assisting with set-up and clean-up, and wearing the Blue Goose costume, the mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Directions to Refuge Visitor Center: Take Exit 33A (west-bound) or Exit 33 (east-bound) off of I-84. After exiting the freeway, head west on Highway 55/Karcher Road. Follow Karcher Road about 3.5 miles to Lake Avenue. Turn left onto Lake Avenue and drive about 2.5 miles to the intersection with Roosevelt Avenue. Turn right onto Roosevelt Avenue. At Indiana Avenue at the top of the hill, turn left into the refuge and follow the road to the Visitor Center.

Contact: Susan Kain, 208-467-9278, deerflat@fws.gov
or
 
Pam Conley 869-0337
pam_conley@q.com

Saturday June 9, 2012
8:00 AM

SIBA -- Daggett Creek

Location: Daggett Creek Bridge of Hwy 21 near Milepost 24 (half-way to Idaho City)

This is a full-day trip. Wear walking shoes and bring lunch and water. After the walk along More’s Creek, we will drive up the hill to have a picnic on the Larson’s front lawn.

Trip Leader: Al Larson 343-0959.

Contact: John Shortis 208-608-3516 john_shortis@yahoo.com

Sunday June 10, 2012
9:00 AM

Family Birding Walk

Location: Barber Park (east Boise, on Boise Avenue) -- Meet in parking lot. Free.

Theme: “Twitterpated”

On this walk we will explore the winding trails along the Boise River. June is a great time to listen to the many types of birds that are singing to attract mates and defend their territories. We will also learn about different types of bird nests, eggs, and chicks. Why is a duck baby so different from a robin baby? Why are the Barber Pool and other riparian areas so important for nesting birds? What are the birds “saying” when they sing? Bring the whole family, especially the young ones. Binocs and field guides will be available.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Monday June 11, 2012
7:00 PM

GEAS Board of Directors Meeting (open to anyone)

Location: Idaho Fish and Game Department

Saturday June 16, 2012
8:00 AM

GEAS - Daggett Creek Bird Walk & Picnic
with Al & Hilda Larson

Location: Daggett Creek Bridge of Hwy 21 near Milepost 24 (half-way to Idaho City)

Theme: “Twitterpated”

We will bird on foot along Mores Creek and a short way up Dunnigan Creek. Picnic in Al and Hilda Larson's yard with close encounters with humming birds. After lunch there may be a 2 mile hike along a logging road in search of whatever may be out and about. This is a full-day trip. Wear walking shoes and bring lunch and water.

Trip Leader: Al Larson 343-0959.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Saturday June 16, 2012
8:00 AM

SIBA -- Silver City (in mountains south of Nampa)

Location: Meet at Nampa High School on Lake Lowell Rd

This is a full day trip. Bring lunch, water and wear walking shoes. We will picnic at Ted and Deb Marston’s cabin along Jordan Creek in Silver City.

Contact: John Shortis 208-608-3516 john_shortis@yahoo.com

Saturday June 16, 2012
7:30 AM

IBO Hummingbird Banding– Idaho City

Location: Must pre-sign up to attend

To attend one of these hummingbird banding sessions, please contact Jessica. Space is limited. Time is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City Area. Next dates: June 30, July 14, July 28

Contact: Jessica Pollock, Idaho Bird Observatory 208-426-2225
jessicapollock@boisestate.edu

Wednesday June 20, 2012
7:00 PM

Special Presentation by Sherrida Woodley
Author of Passenger Pigeon and Extinction of Species

Location: MK Nature Center

Sherrida Woodley, author of "Quick Fall of Light," a novel with a passenger pigeon in a starring role, will give a talk concerning the passenger pigeon. This year marks 100 years since the extinction of this beautiful bird. She will share what she’s discovered about this intriguing bird of our past . . . and how it impacts our future.
www.sherridawoodley.com www.quickfalloflight.com

Sherrida will also be interviewed with Amanda Turner on Radio Boise, and will speak to the Idaho Writers' Guild, Tuesday, June 19 at Cafe Ole, 408 S. 8th Street, Boise,11:30 – 1:30, free and open to the public
http://idahowritersguild.wordpress.com/

Reviews -- "You have never read anything like Sherrida Woodley's Quick Fall of Light, a unique bio-thriller that goes far beyond Michael Crichton's territory. Fall connects the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the deadly flu of 1918, and the perhaps inevitable pandemic of the future in a fast-paced story that is unique, informed, terrifying, and finally hopeful, racing along at times like a forest fire or a great flock of birds." -- Stephen J. Bodio, Author of Querencia and Eagle Dreams

"Quick Fall of Light is an extraordinary debut novel -- an eco-thriller with a strong narrative urgency coupled with lyrical prose. Sometimes a great book takes years to bubble to the surface. In Ms. Woodley's case, it was certainly worth the wait." -- Andrew Blechman, Author of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's most Revered and Reviled Bird

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Saturday June 23, 2012
8:00 AM

Idaho Families for Clean Water -- Grimes Creek

Meet at: MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut, Boise, ID, 83712 at 8 AM

Field Trip to Grimes Creek

We will head to the upper Grimes Creek drainage where the CuMo mining exploration is taking place.
We will look for Sacagawea bitterroot and other wildlife. Bring a lunch, appropriate clothing, snacks and water. We will do some easy hiking.
We should be back in Boise by mid afternoon.
Look at our online calendar or the ICL website for more information.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Sunday June 24, 2012
9:00 AM

Boise River Greenbelt Litter Patrol & Bird Watching

Location: Meet in the Greenbelt parking lot behind the Tavern at Bown Crossing (near east end of Park Center Blvd).

We will walk downriver from the new bridge at Bown Crossing, birding as we go, and pick up litter on our way back. We usually finish around noon. Bring gloves, water and binocs. There are no public restrooms available.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Tuesday June 26, 2012
6:00 PM

GEAS 2012 Annual Picnic

Location: Municipal Park, 500 S Walnut, Boise (east Boise) “Ash” Picnic Site

Potluck picnic. Grilled meats provided. GEAS will bring meat entrees, condiments, soft drinks, and plates and silverware. You bring a side dish or dessert to share. We will be inducting the new board members and officers. We may have a bird walk/saunter after eating.

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Saturday June 30, 2012
7:45 AM

GEAS -- Prairie Bluebird Trail

Location: BLM Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise ID

Meet at the BLM parking lot in time for an 8 am departure to carpool or else meet at exit 64 of Interstate 84 at 8:10am.

Al Larson will share with us his expertise and love for the Bluebirds along his trail. This should also be a good time for finding the Bobolinks near the town of Prairie. Varied habitats, beautiful scenery, and many of Idaho’s breeding birds – all in one trip. Bring lunch, water, a lawn chair (for lunch), and sun protection for an all day trip. Restrooms are available at Willow Creek and Prairie..

Contact: Pam Conley 869-0337 pam_conley@q.com

Saturday June 30, 2012
7:30 AM

IBO Hummingbird Banding– Idaho City

Location: Must pre-sign up to attend

To attend one of these hummingbird banding sessions, please contact Jessica. Space is limited. Time is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City Area. Next dates: June 30, July 14, July 28

Contact: Jessica Pollock, Idaho Bird Observatory 208-426-2225
jessicapollock@boisestate.edu

Saturday July 14, 2012
7:30 AM

IBO Hummingbird Banding– Idaho City

Location: Must pre-sign up to attend

To attend one of these hummingbird banding sessions, please contact Jessica. Space is limited. Time is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City Area. Next dates: June 30, July 14, July 28

Contact: Jessica Pollock, Idaho Bird Observatory 208-426-2225
jessicapollock@boisestate.edu

Saturday July 28, 2012
7:30 AM

IBO Hummingbird Banding– Idaho City

Location: Must pre-sign up to attend

To attend one of these hummingbird banding sessions, please contact Jessica. Space is limited. Time is 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Idaho City Area. Next dates: June 30, July 14, July 28

Contact: Jessica Pollock, Idaho Bird Observatory 208-426-2225
jessicapollock@boisestate.edu