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How can YOU make a significant impact towards conservation?

We want to express our heartfelt thanks for all the donations and support we’ve received to date. Thank YOU for your continued generosity!

With the end of the year fast approaching, IBO needs your help to support some of our most iconic projects.  Don’t forget to make your gift prior to Dec. 31 to receive tax benefits.  Your gift to the Intermountain Bird Observatory may also qualify for an additional education tax credit in Idaho.

While research grant budgets continue to expand each year, securing support for our annual fall migration project at Lucky Peak continues to be a challenge.  A little known fact is that the fall project has been almost entirely supported by individual private donations for the past several years now. We need your help to make sure this project will continue!

Other major IBO projects also need support:

Boise River site

Song Sparrow--Photo by Bryce Robinson

In 2017 we had enough donations saved up to run a fall banding project, reaching over 600 Treasure Valley Students. But, we don’t have enough funding to repeat this project in fall 2018. Plans to build an education program endowment would ensure that our education and outreach efforts at the Boise River site and at Lucky Peak would continue indefinitely.

Hummingbird banding

Photo by Liz Urban

Another favorite: hummingbird banding at our Idaho City location, is also sorely underfunded.  This favorite activity among IBO supporters hosts hundreds of people each year to observe and participate in this most special of opportunities.

Gorongosa National Park

Photo by John Kelly

Our efforts in Mozambique at Gorongosa National Park would greatly benefit from your generosity-please assist us in tracking endangered vultures or supporting Mozambican interns.

And don’t forget that we always appreciate your in-kind donations of much needed items for our various field projects such as 4×4 vehicles in good working condition, ORV’s such as 4-wheelers, camping equipment for trainees, wall tents and accessories, and optics such as binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods.  Our Mozambican Trainees, not used to chilly fall conditions in the temperate zone, would really appreciate your lightly used winter clothing!

There are two easy ways to support the Intermountain Bird Observatory:


Or, you can mail a check payable to:

Intermountain Bird Observatory c/o BSU Foundation, Inc.
1173 W University Drive
Boise, ID 83706

Please specify if you wish for your donation to go towards a specific project, e.g., Hummingbirds, Lucky Peak, Long-billed Curlews, otherwise it will go into the general IBO account.

For additional questions on supporting IBO, please contact Jim Ogle at 208-426-3230 or

A Gift in Your Will or Living Trust – the Easiest Way to Make an Impact

Interested in helping the Intermountain Bird Observatory contribute to conservation efforts that directly impact human lives? A simple and versatile way to ensure that we are able to conduct our research focusing on migratory birds, education, discovery of the natural world, and community engagement is with a gift in your will or living trust.

By including a bequest to the Boise State University Foundation, specifically for the IBO, you are ensuring that we can continue our work for years to come. As little as one sentence in your will or living trust is all that is needed to complete your gift.  If you’d like to learn more, please contact our Executive Director of Gift Planning, Jennifer Neil at

 Happy Holidays!!