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Borah

Retired: Transmitter fell off June 2014
Alpha Flag Code:AU
Capture date:5-25-13
Sex: Male
Location: The Page Family’s Big Creek Ranch, near the town of May, ID. Pahsimeroi Valley.

Namesake: Mount Borah, the highest mountain in Idaho (12,668ft). Borah’s home, on the Goldburg Parcel of the Big Creek Ranch, is in the shadows of Mt. Borah and the rest of the Lost River Mountain Range. Borah’s transmitter was graciously funded by the Page Family Foundation. Borah is the 4th bird captured for our study. He is the only one of our Curlews that does not live in the ACEC. He gives us a great opportunity to compare the behavior of our birds in the Treasure Valley, since he lives in a very undisturbed, high-quality area.

Borah the curlew

Fun fact: We chose the tag “AU” for Borah, because AU is the atomic symbol for Gold, and he lives on the Goldburg Parcel of the ranch. Over the winter of 2013-2014 Borah headed south to Mexico and spend time at the mouth of the Colorado River before moving north in to California’s central valley.

In 2014 Borah gave us a scare when his transmitter showed he wasn’t moving. After thinking he was dead, we were relieved to discover that the strap on his transmitter had worn through and fallen off. We are happy to have one still very alive curlew, though we wish we could track his movements on another migration!