Birds http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Meet Idaho's 'Bluebird Man' Who Helped The Species Make A Comeback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-idahos-bluebird-man-who-helped-species-make-comeback <p>For the last 35 years, Al Larson has been helping bluebirds thrive in Idaho. He loves bluebirds. He’s known around birding circles as Idaho’s “<a href="http://www.wildlensinc.org/bluebirdman/" target="_blank">bluebird man.</a>” “That’s what they call me. I haven’t sprouted wings yet,” Larson chuckles.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:55:21 +0000 Samantha Wright 46763 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet Idaho's 'Bluebird Man' Who Helped The Species Make A Comeback Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/environmentalists-see-chance-quash-idaho-raven-killing-experiment <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/052714JR_RavenCull_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A plan to poison 3,500 ravens in Idaho won’t proceed this year as state wildlife managers had hoped. The idea is to stop the ravens from eating the eggs of the imperilled sage grouse.<p> Wed, 28 May 2014 00:09:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 46062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Environmentalists See Chance To Quash Idaho Raven-Killing Experiment Idaho Officials Scrap Plan To Poison Ravens http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-officials-scrap-plan-poison-ravens <p></p><p>A plan by state wildlife biologist to kill 4,000 ravens in three Idaho areas this spring by feeding them poisoned chicken eggs has been scrapped due to federal environmental permitting delays.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1nPPwh0">The Times-News reports</a> in a story on Tuesday that Idaho Fish and Game officials won't start the two-year program this spring aimed at boosting sage grouse numbers.</p><p>State officials say Fish and Wildlife Services is the only entity in the state with permission to administer the poison.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:21:25 +0000 Associated Press 46008 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Officials Scrap Plan To Poison Ravens Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/army-corps-kill-birds-snake-and-columbia-river-dams <p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers this spring will begin killing birds at some Snake and Columbia river dams to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead.</p><p>The agency unveiled a plan Thursday that will allow as many as 1,200 California gulls, 650 ring-billed gulls and 150 double-crested cormorants to be killed.</p><p><a href="http://www.lmtribune.com" target="_blank">The Lewiston Tribune</a> says the action will occur at McNary Dam on the Columbia River and Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams on the Snake River.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:51:07 +0000 Associated Press 42527 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Army Corps To Kill Birds At Snake And Columbia River Dams Study: Climate Change Means More Raptors Are Wintering In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-climate-change-means-more-raptors-are-wintering-idaho <p>People in Idaho are seeing more raptors because golden eagles and red-tailed hawks aren't flying as far south for winter. That's according to a new study from Boise State University. The study authors say the change in migration habits means fewer of the birds of prey are being spotted in southern states.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 39422 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Climate Change Means More Raptors Are Wintering In Idaho Drought Could Be Diminishing Sandhill Crane Population In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/drought-could-be-diminishing-sandhill-crane-population-idaho <p>The Sandhill Crane may be one species that's seeing the impact of dry conditions. Crane numbers in Idaho have continued to decline in the past three years.</p><p>The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says that decline means a lower number of those birds can be hunted this season. The <a href="http://pacificflyway.gov/About.asp" target="_blank">Pacific Flyway Council</a> (PFC) is the governing body that monitors migratory bird populations in the West. Every September the group oversees bird counts in 11 states and sets rules about hunting.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:14:45 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 27502 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Drought Could Be Diminishing Sandhill Crane Population In Idaho Kestrels Return To Boise Nest Box: Research Project Grows Dramatically http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/kestrels-return-boise-nest-box-research-project-grows-dramatically <p></p><p>The Peregrine Fund’s <a href="http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/index.php?action=home" target="_blank">American Kestrel Partnership</a> launched its 2013 <a href="http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/index.php?action=webcams" target="_blank">KestrelCams</a> today.&nbsp; Already the breeding pair has laid one egg.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:06:23 +0000 Samantha Wright 24654 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Kestrels Return To Boise Nest Box: Research Project Grows Dramatically Idaho Researchers Study Impact Of Road Noise On Animals In Boise's Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-researchers-study-impact-road-noise-animals-boises-foothills <p>Scientists are trying to understand how road noise affects animals. So they’ve set up a road of sorts in the hills above Boise and they’re capturing birds to find answers.</p><p>Heidi Ware holds an angry bird in her hand. “This is a Cassin's Vireo and they’re pretty well-known for being pretty feisty birds in the hand, so you can see he’s biting my finger right now.”</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 18013 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Researchers Study Impact Of Road Noise On Animals In Boise's Foothills Kestrel Chicks Hatch In Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/kestrel-chicks-hatch-boise <p>The kestrels have hatched!&nbsp; In a <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/citizen-scientists-get-chance-help-declining-kestrels" target="_blank">story</a> we told you last month, the <a href="http://www.peregrinefund.org/index.php" target="_blank">Peregrine Fund</a> is asking citizen scientists to put up nest boxes and monitor American Kestrel populations across the U.S.&nbsp; The <a href="http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/index.php?action=home" target="_blank">American Kestrel Partnership</a> has a box with a webcam posted at the <a href="http://www.peregrinefund.org/world-ce Tue, 29 May 2012 18:35:42 +0000 Samantha Wright 7092 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Kestrel Chicks Hatch In Boise Citizen Scientists Get Chance To Help Declining Kestrels http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/citizen-scientists-get-chance-help-declining-kestrels <p>It&rsquo;s nesting time for many birds in Idaho, including the American Kestrel.&nbsp; In fact, you can watch a pair of kestrels sitting on their eggs right now, through a live webcam.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s part of a new project by the <a href="http://www.peregrinefund.org/index.php" target="_blank">Peregrine Fund </a>that launches today to get people involved in helping gather information n kestrels.&nbsp; The goal is to help scientists understand why the American Kestrel is in <a href="http://kestrel.peregrinefund.org/kestrel-decline" target="_blank">steady decline across North America</a>.</p Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:34:41 +0000 Samantha Wright 4736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Citizen Scientists Get Chance To Help Declining Kestrels