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"A Night with the Scientists" (A 'Drive Your Own Vehicle' Event!)

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Start at Hill Top Station then caravan up to Lucky Peak

12342 E Hwy 21

Boise, ID 83716

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We invite you for an exclusive evening where you will have the privilege to join the scientists of the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Lucky Peak! Bring your own "brown-bag" dinner and dine under the sunset laden skies while learning about owls and the IBO's role in avian migratory research.

Boise State’s Intermountain Bird Observatory, a special research unit of the university that monitors migrating raptors and songbirds, is offering this exclusive field trip for families and community members. These trips are great for those who have been to Lucky Peak before and have their own transportation.

Located on the Boise Ridge, the IBO’s field site supports one of the largest known raptor and songbird migrations in the western U.S. just a few miles from the heart of downtown Boise. Teaching students and the public about the ecological significance of the birds and their migration is a major component of the IBO’s mission.

PLEASE NOTE!! Transportation will NOT be provided for this evening's field trip. Any vehicle attending this event must have all-wheel or 4-wheel drive to help preserve the integrity of the road to the peak.

(We do offer other "transportation-provided" field trips designed for "First Timers" or those who DO NOT have a vehicle that can navigate the roads safely to Lucky Peak, that would otherwise not be able to participate in these unique science-based educational opportunities. You may sign up for these trips on Eventbrite under the title "A Night with the Scientists (A 'Transportation-Provided' Event)" on Sept 29th and 30th.

After meeting briefly as a group at Hilltop Station, we will then caravan up to Lucky Peak where you can enjoy your brown-bag dinner, then observe IBO's owl mist netting project, and hear informative presentations about owls. You will experience breath-taking scenery during the most beautiful time of year in southern Idaho!



DETAILS BELOW ON THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE!



Cost: $30/vehicle. Fill'er up! No matter the number of folks you bring, it’s a flat fee per vehicle. Bring the neighbors, aunts and uncles, and friends for an up-close and personal experience with the owls that they will NEVER forget :) You may want to consider bringing extra money to purchase some cool IBO merchandise designed by our very own talented scientists. Or you can make a donation to help the IBO continue these AMAZING and UNIQUE public educational programs!

Meeting Location: We will meet briefly at Hilltop Station on Highway 21 before caravanning to the peak. To reach Hilltop, take Highway 21 from Boise, pass Lucky Peak Dam, and continue to the top of the summit. Hilltop is at the top of the hill on the left, approximately 5 miles past the dam. (Plug "Hilltop Station, 12342 Idaho 21, Boise, ID 83716" into a google search for detailed directions). You can also check out their website- follow the link for Hilltop Station here...http://www.hilltopstation.com/

Timing: We will meet at 5:30PM then depart no later than 5:45PM, so please be on time! We will return to Hilltop around midnight depending on how many owls we have caught, and no later than 12:30 AM.

Where are we going: We will depart at 5:45PM for Lucky Peak, and Intermountain Bird Observatory's fall field station. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the field station from Highway 21. This is a remote site at the top of the Boise Ridge. Elevation is ~6,000 ft. This is a rugged biological field station with no power or water. It could be COLD, so please dress and pack accordingly.

What will we do: IBO crews will open owl trapping stations at sunset. Net runs will be made approximately every hour to check the mist nets for owls. If owls have been captured, they will be transported back to a central banding location and processed by IBO crews. You can follow crews to nets, assist in transporting captured owls, observe IBO crews banding and processing, and potentially assist in releasing owls after processing. You could see both Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls during the night.




PLEASE NOTE!! The success of this activity is completely weather dependent, among other factors and capture of owls cannot be guaranteed. Also, the safety and well-being of the owls is our number-one concern. Assisting in the transport, touching or the release of any owls is dependent on the behavior of the owls, the number of people in attendance, or any other factors determined by the owl banders..




There may be down time between net runs or between owl captures, so be sure to bring some activities to keep busy, especially for restless youngsters. During down-time we will also watch a short presentation about owls and the Lucky Peak project, ask the crew any questions you might have about the project, enjoy some hot cocoa or tea, and any snacks you decide to bring.

What to expect: It will likely be chilly or down right cold! You will be at 6,000 ft. in elevation. It could be windy. It will be dark. If you choose to walk to the netting stations with IBO crews (optional), the terrain is steep and uneven. There could be "down-time" between net runs, so bring something to entertain yourself.

What should you bring: Wear appropriate, layered clothing, so you are prepared for cooler temperatures. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking and uneven terrain. Bring a headlamp, flashlight, or lantern! Bring snacks, hot or cold beverages. If you are able, consider bringing enough to share with IBO crews! Also, don't forget to bring your cameras or video recorders.



How you can contribute: Are you passionate about avian conservation? You are not alone! Since 1993, IBO ornithologists have been dedicating their lives to bird conservation efforts every single day. We conduct important migratory research and provide unique hands-on science opportunities through outreach programs-locally- all year long. To continue this work, we need your help! Did you know that all of IBO’s field projects (like this one!) are funded solely through donations and grants? We rely on donations from people like you who share our passion for birds and want to be a vital part of the driving force behind preserving their future. Let’s make a difference, together! THANK YOU!!




Cancellations: Please let us know ASAP if you have booked but cannot make it. There will be a waiting list for these trips, so please be considerate and show up if you have reserved a spot, or let us know early enough so we can contact someone else on the waiting list.

Refunds: Refunds will be made up until the week before the event. Cancellations made the week of the event may not be refunded.



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Location

Start at Hill Top Station then caravan up to Lucky Peak

12342 E Hwy 21

Boise, ID 83716

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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