In the summer of 2011, Alex and I spent a few months working for Idaho Bird Observatory near Boise, Idaho. We spent a lot of time on public lands searching for Long-billed Curlew nests in a region that once had a healthy population of nesting curlews. What we found was not what we had expected (as two hopeful biologists); we found just a handful of curlew nests, and even worse, we found a number of dead curlews near their nests (Long-billed Curlews become an unfortunate target for many folks who practice target shooting on this area of public lands). In addition, the few nests that we found were not successful. In looking at some of the historical records for the area, the decline in nest density over the years is frightening. It is likely a combination of factors (including illegal shooting, habitat loss, and poor habitat quality) causing the decline of curlews in this area, as IBO has seen this general trend over the past few field seasons. To get more answers, IBO is going to being tracking Long-billed Curlews through satellite telemetry this upcoming field season. For more information specifically about this project, please visit the IBO Rockethub Donation page. Your contribution of $10 (or more!) is not only appreciated, but needed by yet another declining species on a unique landscape. Today is the LAST DAY to donate through the Rocket Hub page. Nemesis Bird has 870 “likes” on facebook; if everyone donated just $10….think of the impact!!!!!
Here are just a few photos I took during my summer in Idaho. There are many, many more bird and mammal species that can be found on this landscape. In protecting and researching Long-billed Curlews, all of these critters will benefit!
LAST MINUTE DONATION CONTEST!!!!
Today is the LAST DAY to donate to IBO ‘s upcoming Long-billed Curlew satellite tracking project. As a last minute boost, we are encouraging everyone to donate just $10 (or more). If you donate, your name will be put into a drawing to win an 8×10 photo from Nemesis Bird. Please COMMENT ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE CONTEST POST with your full name AFTER making your donation. After cross referencing the list with the list of donors on the website, a drawing will be held, and one person will be selected as the winner!
If you have already donated to IBO through Rocket Hub, you will also be included in the drawing; just post your name as a COMMENT ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE CONTEST POST. Please direct questions to [email protected]