Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Summer Hummingbird Banding Schedule!

Hi all!
sorry for the long hiatus on this blog...but we're up and running again!

If you have Facebook, you can like our IBO fanpage there to get more frequent updates. For those of you who don't have Facebook however, we will be posting important updates here as well...hopefully on a more regular basis! :)

Just wanted to let everyone know that IBO is doing Hummingbird Banding every 2 weeks in Boise at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Facilities (click here for map) off of Warmsprings Ave.

Black-chinned Hummingbird male (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

ALL BANDING DAYS ARE WEATHER DEPENDING so please check our IBO status updates on Facebook, or this blog the night before to make sure we don't have to cancel because of rain, etc!

We have been catching about 7-10 Black-chinned hummers a day. We found that most of our hummers are caught early (before 8AM) and we don't really catch any after about 10AM, so you might want to show up early rather than late...but who knows what it'll be like from week to week?
There will be opportunities to see and photograph the tiny hummers up close, and maybe even hold one as it is released. Its a great time for families and people of any age group :)

We are hoping that the banding dates later in the season will turn up more migrants, so there will be a chance to see more birds, and other species like Rufous or Calliope.

Here's the schedule of days so far:
We begin at sunrise, and continue for 5 hours after sunrise.
Saturday July 9th (sunrise: ~615AM)
Saturday July 23rd (sunrise: ~6:30AM)
Saturday August 6th (sunrise: ~640AM)
Saturday August 20th (sunrise: ~700AM)

We will continue scheduling banding days for as long as the hummers stick around.

If you have friends who are interested in attending hummingbird banding, you can share the link to this blog post with them: http://idahobirdobservatory.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-hummingbird-banding-schedule.html, or direct them to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/IdahoBirdObservatory

Hope to see many of you there!

a teeny hummingbird band (photo by Michelle Laskowski)
Mission: to contribute to the conservation of western migratory landbirds through cooperative research and public education