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We have three banding stations that are open to the public on select dates. Visit us to meet our scientists and watch research in action! Scroll down for more information on these projects.

These stations are supported through your donations. We appreciate any contributions you can make!

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Songbird Banding

Boise River

We conduct breeding season and migration songbird monitoring at IBO’s Diane Moore Nature Center on varying dates from June to October each year. This station is closed in the winter and spring. Read more on our Boise River Research Station page.

We welcome small groups, school field trips, and community groups. Sign up to attend a free banding event today!

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Migration Monitoring

Lucky Peak

Visit the project that put IBO on the map!

We run our Lucky Peak banding station each fall from July 16 to October 28. Visitors are welcome to watch us catch and band songbirds, hawks, and owls.

Visit us in September and October for an unforgettable experience at a 24/7 research station!

Small groups of day visitors may show up whenever you like. Campers, schools, or groups larger than ten, be sure to register to reserve your spot. Read more about this project on our Lucky Peak Project Page.

Group and Camper Registration
Idaho City


Beginning in May, we band hummingbirds every other week throughout the summer in Idaho City. We are studying the timing of hummingbird migration, survival, and nesting success. Read more about this project on the Hummingbird Project Page.

We band at a private home and space is limited. To visit hummingbird banding you must sign up ahead of time. Registration typically opens in early spring.

2023 dates will be posted on Eventbrite in early June

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