Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. offers, free of charge to members of our community, about 9 educational programs a year. Each month a new guest presenter shares interesting information about birds, conservation, and other related topics. Over the years we have provided programs on Greater Sage-Grouse, Cassia Crossbill (our only Idaho endemic bird species), bird biology and ecology, bird watching skills, nest box construction, bird monitoring techniques, local conservation issues and many more. We try to provide varied programs that will be of interest to a wide variety of people. Visit our calendar for upcoming programs.
Citizen Science Opportunities
Bird census and monitoring activities are important in helping us achieve our goals. Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. works to conserve and monitor birds and bird habitat, with an emphasis on projects that engage volunteers in ‘citizen science’. PFA sponsors a ‘Big Day’ in the South Hills Important Bird Area (IBA). For 24 hours (dusk to dawn to dusk) volunteers cover 300 miles of roads and trails to check up on the nearly 150 bird species of breeding birds that can be found in the South Hills IBA. PFA members actively participate in national programs such as Project Feeder Watch, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and the Christmas Bird Count. Every year PFA organizes and submits data from five Christmas Bird Count circles – Twin Falls, ID, Buhl, ID, Hagerman, ID, Jim Sage Mts, ID, and Jarbidge, NV. Several of our members participate in East Cascade Audubon Society’s Winter Raptor Surveys, as well as Northern American Breeding Bird Surveys.
Birding Field Trips
When the weather warms, or an opportunity presents itself, we head out into the field to watch birds. PFA provides opportunities for about 5 bird-watching field excursions throughout year. Trips are led by experienced birders and participants usually car-pool to one of many local Magic Valley Birding Hotspots. Bird walks are free and open to the public. Visit our calendar for upcoming bird walks.
Cooperative volunteer projects have become extremely important to our group and to the agencies we partner with. PFA has volunteered hundreds of hours to federal, state, and local groups. We have worked hand in hand with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off the Endangered Species list. With IDFG and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we have helped band and tag American White Pelicans and Ring-billed Gulls. We have collected sagebrush seed and have planted bitterbrush and sagebrush seedlings for habitat restoration. Visit our calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Bird-Friendly Coffee Club
PFA has launched a ‘Coffee Club’ with Birds and Beans, a Smithsonian Certified bird friendly coffee company. The Coffee Club allows us to order coffee at wholesale prices directly from the company.
We place one group order a quarter (March, June, September, and December). Please feel free to place your individual order at anytime and it will be placed in the next group order. We usually receive the group order the third week of the month and it is distributed as soon as possible thereafter.
If you have questions about the ordering process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Reasons to always buy Birds & Beans Organic Fairly Traded Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee
1. Save Neotropical migrant and local bird species.
2. Conserve forest and habitat.
3. Keep toxic chemicals out of the eco-system.
4. Support farm families and local communities.
5. Preserve healthy microclimates.