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Migration Mysteries Course Series

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Boise State University Riverfront Hall

1910 West University Drive

Boise, ID 83725

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Online and in-person attendance now available!

This course series will dive in to the secrets of bird migration like never before! After an introduction to migration basics, we will cover the cutting-edge research and little-known facts related to migration that make this field of study so intriguing. Learn the fascinating secrets behind birds' navigation abilities, physiology, and sensory systems that make them some of the most astounding migrating creatures in the animal kingdom.

This series was first offered as a university-level course through the Boise State OSHER Institute. We recommend this course for students ages 16 and up.

2016 attendee reviews:

"I learned so much and I have been a birder for over 50 years!"

"Fantastic & fascinating class."

"This was a very intetesting and well presented course. I would take it again!"

"She had the rapt attention of the whole room for both sessions"


$20 per student per week. Or $65 for all four classes. Please pay at the door with cash or a check (made out to IBO). Remote attendees** must pay online in advance via credit card.


Four sessions (approx. 70 minutes plus Q and A time), offered each Wednesday evening in March. Choose one, or attend all 4 at a discounted rate.

  • Week 1
    Migration Overview: What is migration? What isn't it?
  • Week 2
    The patterns and seasonality of migration, and their variation across the globe
  • Week 3
    Behavior and Physiology: What drives migration?
  • Week 4
    Migration Research: from history to modern times


Heidi Ware is the Education and Outreach Director for the Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State. She graduated from Boise State University in 2014 with a Master's Degree in Biology, where she studied the impacts of traffic noise on migrating songbirds. Heidi’s work with IBO focuses on integrating hands-on science with various Intermountain Bird Observatory research projects.


We will provide discounted parking ($2 per night) in the Brady parking garage. Free parking is available in Julia Davis Park (note 2-hour time limit and parking regulations on posted signs) and Ann Morrison Park nearby.


Course will be held in the Riverfront Hall (aka "old business building") on Boise State's main campus. See campus map here: https://maps.boisestate.edu/map/?id=715&mrkIid=89066

**Remote Attendance:

Due to popular demand, we will be adding an option to stream this class remotely! We will most likely use YouTube On Air with Google Hangouts. Login (via google or youtube account) is only required for those who want to participate in Q and A. More details will be sent to registrants in mid February. Remote attendees will be required to "attend" a live streaming test run prior to the first night of the course.

*This course requires a minimum of 20 registrations per session to guarantee it will be held

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1910 West University Drive

Boise, ID 83725

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