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Hummingbird Monitoring

From late May until August each year, we monitor the abundance, breeding condition, and migratory timing of hummingbirds that use the Boise National Forest. We study Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope Hummingbirds. We started this monitoring site in 2012 with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN) and the Western Hummingbird Partnership .

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We band hummingbirds each summer and open a number of these dates to the public, depending on our funding levels. This is one of our most popular projects! A reservation is required to attend, and dates fill up fast so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Registration typically opens on Eventbrite in early spring.

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The Basics


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Research and Reports

View references, reports, and project updates on our Research Gate Project Page

Research Gate
Get in touch!


Contact our hummingbird project lead, Jessica Pollock, with your questions at

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