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"If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems of the world."
~Thomas Lovejoy

7th Annual Photo Share
Held February 8, 2024
 
from the Idaho Conservation League…
 
The BLM is developing a much needed Travel Management Plan for the Silver City Travel Planning Area in the Owyhees. 
 
Travel plans can help recreationists access their public lands but motorized routes in the wrong places can ruin the solitude and wildlife habitat that makes this place special. Nesting golden eagles are particularly sensitive to human disturbance. 
 
 
ICL, Prairie Falcon Audubon, and others are supporting Alternative B that provides public access while leaving space for golden eagles and other wildlife. We are also asking to convert some motorized trails for non-motorized recreationists. 
 
 
This travel plan is going to be in place for decades. NOW is the time for you to make a difference. Click on this link and please tell the BLM the following:
  • You prefer Alternative B as a cap for motorized trails
  • The BLM should provide at least a ¾-mile buffer around golden eagle nests 
  • The travel plan should convert select motorized trails into non-motorized trails for equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers. 

Make your comment stand out by mentioning a personal connection you have to the Owyhees (from a hiking trip, a scenic drive, or a wildlife viewing adventure).

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Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee

FREE eBird Essentials Course

This January’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, can help eBirders of every experience level learn something new about eBird. The free, self-guided eBird Essentials course contains the fundamental information every eBirder should know— everything from best practices to time-saving tips and tricks.
 
 
The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who complete the eBird Essentials course and submit 1 or more eligible checklists in January. If you have already completed the course, just submit at least one checklist in January to qualify.
 
 
This course is for everyone from beginning eBirders to long-time users. The step-by-step walk-throughs and video tutorials make using eBird a breeze.
 
 
Sign up for eBird Essentials today!
 
 
The winner will receive new ZEISS SFL 8×40 binoculars and will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Each month eBird features a new eBird challenge and a new set of selection criteria.

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16 -19, 2024

 
Participating is easy, fun to do alone or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds.
  1. Decide where you will watch birds. Anywhere will do – home, park, WMA, a Magic Valley Birding Hotspot!
  2. Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 16 – 19, 2024.
  3. Identify all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:
  4. Use the eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).
  5. If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to bird identification, try using the Merlin Bird ID app to tell us what birds you are seeing or hearing.
If you already contribute to Merlin or eBird, continue what you are doing! All entries over the 4-days count towards GBBC.
 

2nd Annual Twin Falls

Pollinator Plant Sale

 
Purchase locally grown plants to start or expand your own pollinator garden!
 
Join the Twin Falls Pollinator Council in supporting bees, butterflies, birds and other beneficial insects in our area.
 
Scan the QR code – select your choice of “Idaho Native” or “Cottage Garden” Collections.
 
This would make a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day!
 
Idaho Native Collection: These native plants are beneficial to our local pollinators and come back year after year. This is representative of what will be offered. Actual plants offered may be different.
 
Cottage Garden Collection: These cottage garden plants do well in the Magic Valley area and are good for pollinators. There is a mixture of perennials and annuals. Some will re-seed for years to come.
 
Place your ORDER NOW!
 
Scan the QR Code or
 
Pick up your plants
Friday, May 10th
or Saturday, May 11th, 2024
between 10 am and 3 pm
Native Roots LLC
2475 E 3600 N
Twin Falls, ID 

By: Idaho Conservation League

Stories of the Snake:
A bird’s-eye view

Featuring an Interview with Pat Weber, PFA’s Conservation Chair
Photo by Ken Miracle

From year-round endemic Cassia Crossbills to waterfowl passing through during the winter, countless bird species can be identified in and around southern Idaho’s Snake River watershed. The steep black basalt canyon walls provide shelter, the water supports plants and a nesting habitat for waterfowl, and the surrounding forests and sagebrush steppe offer sustenance for many species. Hidden amongst the reeds, willows, sagebrush sea, and thick timbered forests, you’ll find birders with binoculars glued to their eyes and spotting scopes in tow. Unlike many other recreational activities along the Snake, birdwatching requires people to slow down, be present, and pay attention to the minute details as they put the visual puzzle pieces together to positively identify the birds before them. Read more here.

 

Pat Weber, PFA Conservation Chair

E-Newsletter

Northern Pygmy-Owl Georgetown, Idaho Pat Weber, Photographer

~News and Events~

  • Photo Share Party! Was a resounding Success! Thank you to everyone who submitted your fantastic photographs and to everyone who came out to the Lamphouse to see them! Pat Weber who collected everyone’s photos and created a really fun presentation deserves our special thanks, as does David Woodhead for providing the great venue and the microphone!!! Here’s the link if you’d like to see the all of the photos: 7th Annual PFA Photo Share Sadly, the YouTube video doesn’t have any of the entertaining commentary that helped to contextualize the photos, but you’ll get the idea.
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is Here!
  • Show your support for PFA by joining the growing community of members! Click ❤️ Here
  • Upcoming Programs and Field Trips!
 

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