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

  • January 12th Annual Board Meeting - all members invited

  • February Photo Share 2/02/23 - Pick out 10 of your best bird photos from 2022 and submit them to: birder1932@gmail.com to be included in the program!

  • Citizen Science: Climate Watch - Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2023

  • Citizen Science: Complete the FREE eBird Essentials Course before Jan 31st

  • Citizen Science: Great Backyard Bird Count - Feb 17 - 20, 2023

Annual Open Board Meeting
7:00 PM
Thursday, January 12th
Lamphouse Theater Lobby


Please join the Prairie Falcon Audubon Board of Directors at their annual open meeting to hear summaries of all of our activities this past year, to understand what goes on behind the scenes, and to share your ideas for future programs and field trips. Board members will be re-elected. If you have an interest in serving on the Board please contact Sarah at idabirder@gmail.com. We have one open seat available.
Annual February Photo Sharing
PARTY!
Thursday, February 2, 2023
7:00 PM
On the BIG Screen at the
223 5th Ave S
Please join Prairie Falcon’s Photo Sharing Party.
Get together with your birding pals to share photos and the stories behind the photos.
Wine, beer, popcorn and more available for purchase!
What a great way to kick-start another season of great
Prairie Falcon Audubon programs. 
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Georgetown, Idaho
Pat Weber, Photographer
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Start reviewing all your photos/videos and select ones you would like to share with our group. Please choose high quality photos in a jpeg format. Photos will be placed into a PowerPoint presentation and displayed on a large screen.
Maximum number of photos – 10
How to submit: 
  1. Photos should be in jpeg format, and should be consecutively numbered in the title to make sure they load in the order you intend. Please email in jpeg format (high resolution) to birder1932@gmail.com or try using https://wetransfer.com/.
  2. Correct identification (we can help) of bird and where the photo was taken needs to be noted.
  3. You do not need to be in attendance to share photos.
  4. And you do not need to share photos to attend :) Everyone is welcome!
  5. Submission Deadline:  January 28th.

We will regale ourselves with photographs and videos taken by the best photographers around – our members!!!  It’s your chance to share with everyone special moments you’ve encountered while traveling or simply looking out your back window.
We would love to see your photographs!!
CITIZEN SCIENCE
Get Involved!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
#1 - Join Climate Watch
Jan 15 - Feb 15
Community Science Program from Audubon

Explore how North American birds are responding to climate change by participating in Climate Watch. Here's how to get started.

Want to use your birding skills to advance our understanding of climate change's impact on birds? Then Climate Watch is for you.
This innovative community-science program enlists volunteer birders across North America to survey for one of our twelve target species (Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, Painted Bunting, Eastern Towhee, and Spotted Towhee) in the same place (or places) twice each year. By sticking to a scientific protocol and sharing their results, community scientists help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon's climate models.
This is a scientific effort, so following the protocol precisely is important. To that end, Audubon has recruited a network of Climate Watch Coordinators to help participants get the technical details right, including the selection of a survey plot and sharing results with Audubon's climate scientists.

Want to participate in Climate Watch? 
Climate Watch participants do not need to be expert birders, but should know how identify target species by sight and sound or be interested in learning to do so.
Contact our Area Climate Watch Coordinator, Pat Weber. She will provide the information you need to get started.

#2 - Take the FREE eBird Essentials Course
...and be entered into the

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.
Check out these testimonials from course participants:
“I have been hesitant to begin using eBird, unsure how or where to begin. Thanks to this course I feel more confident on how to begin using the program.”
“Though I already use eBird regularly, this course explained details and features I wasn’t aware of. It also described the importance of details that I normally took for granted.”
Start with eBird Essentials today!
The winner will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 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.
#3 - Join the Great Backyard Bird Count


Participating is easy, fun to do alone or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds.
Step 1: Decide where you will watch birds. Anywhere will do - home, park, WMA, a Magic Valley Birding Hotspot!
Step 2: Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 17-20, 2023.
Step 3: Identify all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings:
  • Now that you have signed up for eBird and have completed the eBird Essentials Course, use the eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop).
  • 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.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. fully supports
National Audubon Society's statement on
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Prairie Falcon Audubon, Inc. believes that everyone has the right to enjoy birds, the outdoors, and a healthy and safe environment. In order to fulfill our mission to educate the general public about birds, bird watching, and preservation/improvement of the environment that birds and bird watchers share, we will work to include everyone, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, age, or disability. We are committed to building an equitable, diverse, anti-racist, accessible, fun, and inclusive organization that supports birds, and the people who watch them, in our community. 
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