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.