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2014 Workshops @ Idaho Bird Observatory: Raptor Field Techniques and Songbird Banding

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We have been offering introductory raptor identification workshops since 2011. Workshops consist of long-range raptor identification tips and learning how to safely trap and band raptors. September is a peak time in southern Idaho for raptor migration and field sessions are held at Lucky Peak in the Boise foothills which supports one of the largest known raptor migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. These workshops would be a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in raptor ecology and biology. Boise State University is the only university in the U.S. that offers a MS degree in Raptor Biology. The workshops are also well suited for birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification and introductory trapping and banding techniques (participants should not expect to become certified banders after this introductory workshop). This course will be an excellent precursor for anyone interested in volunteering/interning at a bird observatory or working anywhere to conduct migratory hawk watches, or for anyone who just wants to learn more about raptors! Registration is limited.


In the fall of 2014 we may begin offering an intermediate raptor trapping workshop for those people that want to gain even more hands-on experience and learn how to safely trap and band raptors on a more in-depth level. To take this workshop you must already have some level of experience with both raptor ID and introductory trapping techniques.


The next introductory raptor workshop is scheduled for September, 2014. Contact Jessica Pollock for more information.




We are planning to offer a new introductory songbird banding workshop next year. This workshop will focus on songbird ID, banding, sexing, ageing, and safe handling techniques. We will also learn standardized monitoring techniques, data collection, how to set-up and take-down mist nests, and an introduction on how to safely extract birds from mist nets. We developed this workshop for people with little to no experience with songbird banding, and is well suited for students, naturalists, biologists, or anyone who wants to learn more about songbird banding. Registration is limited.


The next songbird workshop is scheduled for August/September, 2014.

Contact Jessica Pollock for more information.


Email: JessicaPollock@boisestate.edu Office Phone: 208-426-2225



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