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  • June 22nd SOUTH HILLS BIG DAY Bird Survey and Potluck Picnic - R.S.V.P. to Karl


  • TRIP REPORT - Birding by Kayak on Wilson Lake Reservoir


  • Golden Eagle Audubon ZOOM Presentation on Prairie Falcons


  • Show your support for PFA by joining the growing community of members! Click ❤️ Here


Annual South Hills IBA Big Day
   
(OPTIONAL) Friday night, June 21st
Friday night birding begins at 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 22nd, 2024
Saturday birding ends at 6:00 PM
Compilation/Potluck Picnic begins at 6:00 PM
Call or email Karl Ruprecht to sign up:
208-749-1395
Karl Ruprecht has been heading up the South Hills survey since 2008, so this will be our 16th census (we've missed a year due to nasty weather)!!
 
The weather this year will hopefully cooperate so that we can spend an entire day (or more if you owl the night before) in the South Hills searching out and counting birds. The odds of seeing something different from what you’ve been seeing at your feeder are very high. At this time of year in the South Hills there are more than 175 regularly occurring species possibilities, including the Idaho endemic Cassia Crossbill! 194 species have been tallied altogether over the years.
 
Please give Karl a call and he will put you on a team. He tries his best to put novice birders with “experts” and to accommodate your wishes as to where, and for how long, you would like to bird.
 
We finish the day with a simple potluck at the Ruprecht cabin in the South Hills. Everyone is invited, even those who did not bird. Plan to bring your own drinks, dinner-ware, and something to share that can stay in a cooler in a car all day long (salad, dessert, veges, fruit, etc.). Audubon will provide fried chicken (a perennial birder’s favorite!).

Call Karl for more information and to RSVP if you plan to bird or if you plan to attend the potluck picnic. He will provide directions to the Ruprecht cabin and set you up with a team.

Field Trip Report


Birding by Kayak

at Wilson Lake Reservoir

It was an absolutely beautiful morning to paddle across Wilson Lake and up the North Side Canal to the 1st Power Plant and beyond. Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, and Red-winged Blackbirds serenaded 8 kayakers as we paddled 3.5 miles to a secret birding spot. Along the way we observed a nesting pair of Bald Eagles with their soon-to-fledge youngster and 40 other species! Check out our ebird Trip Report: https://ebird.org/tripreport/253051

Golden Eagle Audubon Presents

From Zoe: Prairie Falcons are a medium sized bird of prey that inhabit grasslands and deserts of western North America. About an hour south of Boise, ID in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, there are an estimated 200 breeding pairs of Prairie Falcons, the densest concentration in the world. They serve as apex predators in the ecosystem, primarily hunting for ground squirrels and small birds. Through Boise State University's Raptor Research Program, I am researching their behaviors in relation to movement patterns, diet, and productivity using a variety of technologies. This talk will provide insights into the natural history and resilience of one of our most unique local raptor species!

Join us on July 2 at 7:00 pm to learn about one of Idaho’s special raptors. Zoom Link - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85204621055

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Click the link above to read the full article, watch some great little videos, and be inspired to do some good in the world to help out the birds

1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night
These simple steps save birds: On the outside of the window, install screens or break up reflections—using film, paint, or Acopian BirdSavers or other string spaced no more than two inches high or four inches wide.
2. Keep Cats Indoors
A solution that’s good for cats and birds: Save birds and keep cats healthy by keeping cats indoors or creating an outdoor “catio.” You can also train your cat to walk on a leash.
3. Reduce Lawn, Plant Natives
Add native plants, watch birds come in: Native plants add interest and beauty to your yard and neighborhood, and provide shelter and nesting areas for birds. The nectar, seeds, berries, and insects will sustain birds and diverse wildlife.
4. Avoid Pesticides
A healthy choice for you, your family, and birds: Consider purchasing organic food. Nearly 70% of produce sold in the U.S. contains pesticides. Reduce pesticides around your home and garden.
5. Drink Coffee That’s Good for Birds
Enjoy shade-grown coffee: It’s a win-win-win: it’s delicious, economically beneficial to coffee farmers, and helps more than 42 species of North American migratory songbirds that winter in coffee plantations, including orioles, warblers, and thrushes.
6. Protect Our Planet from Plastic
Reduce your plastics: Avoid single-use plastics including bags, bottles, wraps, and disposable utensils. It’s far better to choose reusable items, but if you do have disposable plastic, be sure to recycle it.
7. Watch Birds, Share What You See
Enjoy birds while helping science and conservation: Join a project such as eBirdProject FeederWatchChristmas Bird Count, Climate Watch, or The Great Backyard Bird Count to record your bird observations. Your contributions will provide valuable information to show where birds are thriving—and where they need our help. Note: If you don’t yet know how to use eBird, we have a free course to help you get the most out of the project and its tools.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. fully supports
National Audubon Society's statement on
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. believes that everyone has the right to enjoy birds, the outdoors, and a healthy and safe environment. In order to fulfill our mission to educate the general public about birds, bird watching, and preservation/improvement of the environment that birds and bird watchers share, we will work to include everyone, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, age, or disability. We are committed to building an equitable, diverse, anti-racist, accessible, fun, and inclusive organization that supports birds, and the people who watch them, in our community. 

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