Get together with your birding pals to share photos and the stories behind the photos.
Soft drinks, wine, beer, popcorn
and more available for purchase!
What a great way to kick-start another season of great
Prairie Falcon Audubon programs.
Pat Weber, Photographer
Saturday, February 10th
Meet at 12:30 PM at the Twin Falls Visitor's Center parking lot. We'll travel together to Clear Springs Pond north of Buhl. After checking out the waterfowl on the pond and the warblers along the outlet creek, we will head to the "Eagle Tree" to watch and listen as the eagles fly in to roost for the night. Plan to have a hot chocolate at the West Point Cafe afterwards. We will try to be back in Twin Falls by 6:00 PM
The BLM is developing a much needed Travel Management Plan for the Silver City Travel Planning Area in the Owyhees.
Travel plans can help recreationists access their public lands but motorized routes in the wrong places can ruin the solitude and wildlife habitat that makes this place special. Nesting golden eagles are particularly sensitive to human disturbance.
ICL, Prairie Falcon Audubon, and others are supporting Alternative B that provides public access while leaving space for golden eagles and other wildlife. We are also asking to convert some motorized trails for non-motorized recreationists.
This travel plan is going to be in place for decades. NOW is the time for you to make a difference. Click on this link and please tell the BLM the following:
The BLM should provide at least a ¾-mile buffer around golden eagle nests
The travel plan should convert select motorized trails into non-motorized trails for equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers.
Make your comment stand out by mentioning a personal connection you have to the Owyhees (from a hiking trip, a scenic drive, or a wildlife viewing adventure).
More Field Trips!
Mark your calendars!
MARCH 7th - Birding Panama with Randy Smith, Pat Weber and Sarah Harris
APRIL 4th - Using Native Plants to create a habitat for birds in your own back yard - with Ann DeBolt, former Idaho Botanical Garden's Botanist
MAY 2nd - Snake River Birds of Prey with Mike Kochert, Scientist Emeritus at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
A Local Land Trusts
FEBRUARY 10th - Clear Lakes Pond and The Eagle Tree
MARCH 16th - Nighttime Owl Prowl with Zeke Watkins
MARCH 30th - Sage Grouse Lek
April ?? - Garden Tour
MAY 4th - Birding by Bicycle
JUNE 8th - Birding by kayak at Wilson Lake
JUNE ?? - South Hills Big Day and Potluck- TBD
Weeding at Orton Botanical Garden
FALL BIRDING CLASS
More information coming....
FREE eBird Essentials Course
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.
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.
2nd Annual Twin Falls
Pollinator Plant Sale
Purchase locally grown plants to start or expand your own pollinator garden!
Join the Twin Falls Pollinator Council in supporting bees, butterflies, birds and other beneficial insects in our area.
Scan the QR code - select your choice of "Idaho Native" or "Cottage Garden" Collections.
This would make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day!
Idaho Native Collection: These native plants are beneficial to our local pollinators and come back year after year. This is representative of what will be offered. Actual plants offered may be different.
Cottage Garden Collection: These cottage garden plants do well in the Magic Valley area and are good for pollinators. There is a mixture of perennials and annuals. Some will re-seed for years to come.
Click the link above to read the full article, watch some great little videos, and be inspired to do some good in the world to help out the birds
1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night
These simple steps save birds: On the outside of the window, install screens or break up reflections—using film, paint, or Acopian BirdSavers or other string spaced no more than two inches high or four inches wide.
2. Keep Cats Indoors
A solution that’s good for cats and birds: Save birds and keep cats healthy by keeping cats indoors or creating an outdoor “catio.” You can also train your cat to walk on a leash.
3. Reduce Lawn, Plant Natives
Add native plants, watch birds come in: Native plants add interest and beauty to your yard and neighborhood, and provide shelter and nesting areas for birds. The nectar, seeds, berries, and insects will sustain birds and diverse wildlife.
4. Avoid Pesticides
A healthy choice for you, your family, and birds: Consider purchasing organic food. Nearly 70% of produce sold in the U.S. contains pesticides. Reduce pesticides around your home and garden.
5. Drink Coffee That’s Good for Birds
Enjoy shade-grown coffee: It’s a win-win-win: it’s delicious, economically beneficial to coffee farmers, and helps more than 42 species of North American migratory songbirds that winter in coffee plantations, including orioles, warblers, and thrushes.
6. Protect Our Planet from Plastic
Reduce your plastics: Avoid single-use plastics including bags, bottles, wraps, and disposable utensils. It’s far better to choose reusable items, but if you do have disposable plastic, be sure to recycle it.
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.
An incredible resource for anyone (young to old) who wants to learn more about birds!
"Whether you’re a bird lover, an educator, or a student, interactive courses and multimedia-rich resources will lead you into the fascinating lives of birds, from birding basics to comprehensive ornithology."