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Intermountain Bird Observatory Hummingbird Banding

$6,665
102%
Raised toward our $6,500 Goal
113 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 11, at 12:59 AM MST
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Intermountain Bird Observatory Hummingbird Banding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift!

Just visit https://give.boisestate.edu/ and use AR062 in the Fund ID space.

 

The Intermountain Bird Observatory has been studying hummingbirds at a scenic Idaho City banding location since 2012. Over the last four summers, we have captured, tagged and released 1,500 of these tiny birds as we work to understand their population trends, migration patterns and breeding success.

Our study location is one of the few sites in North America’s Hummingbird Monitoring Network that studies breeding Calliope Hummingbirds….the smallest migrating bird in the world! Did you know the Calliope Hummingbird weighs the same as a dime?!  

Our research on Calliope, Black-chinned, and Rufous Hummingbirds is helping us to understand the effects of a changing climate on these birds. Climate change is affecting bird populations throughout the world, but hummingbirds are especially sensitive. Springs are warming sooner, and flowers are blooming earlier in the season. In some years hummingbirds arrive late after all the flowers are finished blooming, leaving them with fewer resources to raise young and feed themselves.

While studying hummingbird populations is important research work, the Intermountain Bird Observatory also uses our hummingbird project as an outreach opportunity. Each summer, hundreds of visitors flock to Idaho City to watch the banding process, and hold a small hummingbird in their hand just before it flies off to return to the wild. We believe that nothing compares to this life-changing experience of holding one of these tiny birds in your hand and feeling its heartbeat.

We can do all the research in the world, but it will make no difference if nobody cares about saving these beautiful creatures. Join us to raise the funds we need to continue this project into the future! Your support will provide us with research supplies, salary, and equipment. While these aren’t glamorous items, they contribute to the success of one of IBO’s most exciting and engaging projects! To thank you for your generosity, we have many reward levels to give several of you a personalized experience with the hummingbirds.

Our way
of Thanking You

$10

Egg

Contribute ten dollars! In return, we'll give you a thank-you shout out on social media!

14 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: January 2016

$30

Hatchling

Contribute $30! In return you'll get a social media shout-out plus a personalized thank you email from the hummingbird crew with a photo of one of our hummingbirds!

24 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2016

$60

Nestling

Contribute $60! In return you'll get the rewards listed above plus we'll mail you an exclusive IBO Hummingbird Bumper Sticker! Perfect for your car, laptop, or water bottle.

11 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: March 2016

$100

Fledgling

Contribute $100! Along with thank yous and a bumper sticker, donors at this level will join us as a group on the first banding day of the spring to welcome back the hummers, and share in the excitement of recording the first recaptures of the season, newly returned from Mexico!

20 of 30 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2016

$150

Early Bird

We just printed some Rufous Hummingbird hats, which we will sell next summer at our Hummingbird Banding events. Get yours before everyone else (and in time for the holidays!). Hat photo at: ibo.boisestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/RUHU-hummer-trucker-hat.jpg

0 of 10 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: November 2015

$200

Adopt-a-hummer

Contribute $200! Along with thank yous and a bumper sticker, you'll get to "adopt" one of the hummingbirds we band in 2016! We'll email you a certificate with a photo of your bird, it's band number, age, gender, and recapture history.

0 of 10 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: August 2016

$250

Migrant

Contribute $250 and become one of the crew! Along with thank yous and a bumper sticker, you'll get a limited edition IBO Hummingbird T-shirt with the inscription "Team Hummingbird 2016" and a guaranteed spot at one of our hummingbird banding events.

4 of 20 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2016

$500

Recapture

Contribute $500! Along with the thank yous, a bumper sticker, and a "hummingbird crew" t-shirt, you'll get a "sunrise pass". Experience the "morning rush" at the banding station when we see the most hummingbird activity. You and two friends will join a small group of visitors for the first half-hour of hummingbird banding before the main group of visitors arrive.

0 of 6 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2016

$1,000

Swarm

Contribute $1,000! Along with thank yous, a bumper sticker, and a "hummingbird crew" t-shirt, you'll get the chance to hold and feed a hummingbird once it has been banded! This job is normally reserved only for our full-time hummingbird volunteers. After some training, you'll hold a hummingbird between your thumb and forefinger and give it a sip of sugar water before releasing it. A once in a lifetime experience!

0 of 6 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: June 2016