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Idaho City Hummingbird Banding

From late May until August each year, we monitor hummingbird abundance, breeding condition, and migratory timing in 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.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, our future outreach dates are uncertain. Check our latest news to get the most up-to-date information.

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The Basics

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Tribute to Marsha Bowe: The Heart of a Hummingbird Community Scientist
Idaho’s Winter Warrior: The Anna’s Hummingbird
IBO Station Closures to Continue
IBO to close public banding through June

Research and Reports

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

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

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