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Introductory Raptor Field Technique Workshop

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Boise State University and the Idaho Bird Observatory are offering an introductory raptor field techniques workshop in Boise, Idaho, on the weekend of September 21-23, 2012. This weekend should encompass the peak timing in raptor migration and will also offer the highest diversity in raptor species and age class compositions. Field sessions will be held at Lucky Peak in the Boise foothills, which supports one of the largest known raptor migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. Species we will likely observe include Sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier and other possibilities (Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, etc.). The workshop is well suited for anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping, and banding, including students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and agency personnel. The workshop will concentrate on raptor field identification, raptor trapping and raptor banding techniques. Classroom powerpoint sessions will include lessons on raptor field identification including long-range ID tips. We will demonstrate various raptor trapping techniques (mist nets, bow nets, Dho-Ghazas), how to use species behavior for trapping strategies, and demonstrate the entire banding process. Participants will be involved, but should not expect to become certified banders by the end of the workshop. Transportation will be provided to and from the Lucky Peak field site each day from Boise. Meals and lodging are the responsibility of those participating, though we are happy to provide recommendations. FREE camping with the full-time field crew at Lucky Peak is available. This would allow for observation of our nocturnal Northern Saw-whet and Flammulated Owls banding program for those interested. Enrollment is LIMITED to 10 people. Register soon, as last years workshop filled up quickly! The cost of the workshop is $325. A large portion of this will be a donation to the Idaho Bird Observatory, a non-profit 501 c(3), for which you will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes. See our website: www.idahobirdobservatory.org

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See our website: http://www.idahobirdobservatory.org For a PDF with more information and a tentative schedule, or for questions, or to register for the workshop, contact JESSICA POLLOCK (EM: jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu PH: 208-426-2225).

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