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Flocking to the Peak

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As my season winds down (my final descent from the mountain will occur on September 10), others' just begins.  A barrage of new faces have ascended the peak, all accompanied with the fresh excitement that all field biologists feel when beginning a new job working with wild critters.  The hawk watch crew arrived first, psyched to begin counting all the migrating raptors that use the ridgelines to travel southward.  Two days ago, less than ten raptors were counted.  The following day, the counts jumped into the 40's.  Let the migration begin!  
Next, the owl crew showed up, struggling to adjust their sleeping schedule to survive the long nights.  "The first night [Sept 28] of Owl trapping resulted in one sleepy Common Poorwill (not so common to see in the owl nets!) and one angry Flying Squirrel! no owls yet" from IBO's facebook update. 
Alongside the raptor counting and owl banding, hawk trapping has commenced.  A skilled trapper and bander hidden in a blind; puppet…

Three Birds with One Stone

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Finally...enough time (just enough) to get out another post!  I rarely come down from the mountain to get internet (and a shower...!), so I have three topics to cover, as follows:
1) Suby Tales Victory!   Several posts prior, I posted my submission to Outside Bozeman magazine's Suby Tales contest.  After much prolonged anticipation, I discovered that I had won! (Coincidentally, the first person that told me I had won was the Steph in my story.  A coworker showed her a copy of Outside Bozeman, asking "hey, is this you in this story?").
I sent my buddy Trax to represent me at the Suby Tales Party held at the Montana Import Group in Bozeman (because I live on a mountain in the sky) and to collect my winnings.  During the party, Trax gave me a call and everyone there congratulated me (as well as laughed at me), which was very cool (except for the laughing).  I later found out that they had a bet going on whether I was male or female (since they only knew my name was Jesse...the…

Idaho Bird Observatory

For those of you that are more interested in the Idaho Bird Observatory, you can check out their website and/or join their Facebook group (search for "Idaho Bird Observatory"), where you can get daily updates of the number of birds we are banding, as well as any special catches!