Here is some information I just received from the Idaho Bird Observatory. If any of you are interested in doing some volunteer work with them, here are the programs available and the folks to contact.
2012 Field Projects Needing Volunteer Support
We can always use support from volunteers eager to get some “hands-on” field experience working with birds. We have a few projects where volunteers or aspiring biologists can help us out.
Our Long-billed Curlew project will be from mid-March – June. Anyone interested in learning how to nest search for these elusive birds is welcome to join us! The field area is northwest of Caldwell, and is an easy day trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Our hummingbird banding project is starting up again next year, likely from June-August. We are hoping to have a site in Idaho City where there are breeding Calliope Hummingbirds. Volunteers are always needed, so if you are interested in learning how to capture hummingbirds, handle them correctly, and record important information, let us know! email@example.com
There is potential for volunteer support for a White-faced Ibis project in eastern Idaho from mid-April to early July 2012. If you live in eastern Idaho and can donate some time to surveying for this species contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) songbird banding at Lucky Peak in June and July. Contact email@example.com
My niece, Beth Manning Miller Howe, submitted some more photos of the Great Egret that she saw while she was at Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. I think she has done a super job in capturing the birds and the feeling of the beach. Enjoy!
And while I was on the Boise Greenbelt today, I found these birds. I did not see any Bald Eagles, so I may have to go to Barber Park tomorrow, but not until 9:00am or so. (It’s got to warm up a bit and the sun has to get higher in the sky.) Enjoy these.