All who missed my Yellowstone elk and wolves presentation to the Idaho Master Naturalists will be given another chance (it may be your last!). I will be presenting for the Snake River Audubon Society at the Idaho Falls Public Library this Thursday (Sept. 16) at 7:30pm in the basement conference rooms. Here's what its all about, as I stated in the Audubon newsletter:
It was terribly sad to depart from Lucky Peak...my final day was last Friday. I'm pretty sure I just about cried as I released the very last bird of the day, a female Western tanager. The folks I worked with were simply awesome, and I learned a massive amount regarding birds, migration, molting, research techniques, handling skills, etc. Lucky Peak is a very unique place, and I continue to urge everyone to make a trip up there (enduring the steep and bumpy 4-wheel drive road) during the fall migration period to see and hold birds up close. Don't live near Lucky Peak? Search for other bird observatories near where you live; there are many across the country.
The day before I left, a very good article in the Idaho Statesman about the Idaho Bird Observatory's banding operation on Lucky Peak was printed....check it out! I was lucky (no pun intended) to have the reporter randomly choose me to follow during a net run...! A neat thing to remember my season there anyway.
Some final photos:
|We caught a flammulated owl!! The only one during my time there. The owl crew ran around and woke everyone up at midnight to come see their first of the year (besides a common poorwill and flying squirrel)
|A very small bird, as you can see. Actually, the flammulated owl is the second smallest in North America (second to the elf owl)
And some crew shots:
|Jack and Heidi enjoying a red-breasted nuthatch
|Heidi blowing feathers aside to assess belly fat on a yellow-breasted chat
|Me blowing to assess fat on an adult white-crowned sparrow. Photo by Paul Plante.
|Jay with his first Swainson's hawk
|Rob with the rare catch of a Swainson's hawk
|Sean removing a sharp-shinned hawk from a can. (Can? Used for weighing purposes)
|Sean with the sharp-shinned hawk
|Ian with red-tailed hawk
|Garrott with red-tailed hawk
|Ian with red-tail
|Sara with red-tail
|Garrott with Swainson's
|Sara with Swainson's
|Ian with merlin