The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is a non-profit organization determined to monitor and conserve North America’s migratory landbirds. IBO began conducting autumn migratory raptor counts at Lucky Peak along the southern-most point of the Boise ridge in 1994. This was followed by a long-term songbird monitoring program in 1997, and then an owl monitoring and banding project in 1999. The Boise ridge is an important jumping off and concentration point for migrating raptors and songbirds beginning the trek across the Great Basin high desert to the south. Since 1999, IBO has expanded their survey efforts year-round to include many other avian projects throughout the Intermountain West.
IBO places a strong emphasis on public outreach through both scientific publications and community involvement and education. Wild Lens has worked with IBO to further this cause by producing a short video piece on how public outreach is currently happening at Lucky Peak. While word is spreading throughout Boise, Idaho and all across the Intermountain West about the work IBO is doing, many people still don’t realize what great avian conservation work is being done, right here in Boise’s backyard!
Visit the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s website to learn more and find out how to visit the Lucky Peak migration site!
Podcast episode featuring an interview with Intermountain Bird Observatory Executive Director Greg Kaltenecker: