The GOLDEN EAGLE AUDUBON SOCIETY is dedicated to building an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the natural world in order to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for birds and other wildlife.
NEWS AND UPDATES
GEAS Accepting Small Grant Applications!
October 29, 2015
GEAS is now accepting small grant applications for our semi-annual review. We encourage those organizations or individuals with conservation or education related projects to apply for funding assistance. Grants of generally less then $500 will be awarded.
Preference is given to projects that directly benefit wildlife or their habitats in Idaho or that align with our education goals.
More information and the short application form is available under Small Grants Program or by emailing Liz Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Idaho Gives Results are in!
Thank you to all our supports who gave to Audubon on Idaho Gives! We were able to raise over $1500 with an additional $500 match. Our public programming will greatly benefit from these contributions, especially our upcoming New Roots Program!
My Kitchen Window by Hilda LarsonHilda Larson began writing a column for the Golden Eagle Audubon Society in the 1980s. She began writing a column for the Southwestern Idaho Birds Association in 2007. She also drew cartoons and sketches of birds and birders for the newsletters. She continued writing for both groups until her death in 2014.
Sue Norton and Cathy Eells have compiled a collection of Hilda Larson's columns and sketches from the newsletters. (Book design and layout by Niels Nokkentved.) It also contains a history of Al Larson and Hilda's project of setting up blue bird trails in Idaho.
The book will be of interest to people who like to watch birds and other wildlife and those who would like a glimpse into the world outside the windows in Hilda's life. She writes with great warmth, curiosity, and humor. Consider buying a copy for yourself and for the birdwatchers on your holiday shopping list.
You can order a copy by contacting Sue Norton at 378-4248 or at email@example.com. or Cathy Eells at 459-4435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies are $13. Sue will mail one to you for $16. Proceeds will go to GEAS and SIBA.
Join us for a Field Trip!
Our field trips are a great way to get out with friends and family, and see some birds...
Join us for our first "Saturday Stroll" on November 28th. All are welcome!
Check out our calendar and find a field trip that works for you. More information about field trips can be found on our 'What We Do' page.
If there is a place you would like to see a field trip visit, or you would be interested in leading a trip, please contact the field trip coordinator.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut Street, 7-8:30 PM
Presenter: Tempe Regan
Topic: Highway Mortality of Barn Owls (Tyto alba): Modeling Occupancy and Behavior Near Road
Roadways that support the world’s transportation need have unintended negative effects on wildlife. Barn owls (Tyto alba), one of the most widely distributed birds of prey in the world, are particularly susceptible to roadway mortality. They die in large numbers along major roads in Britain, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada, and U.S. Actually, barn owls are the most numerous species of wildlife killed along some major roads. The world’s greatest rate of highway mortality occurs along a 248-km stretch of interstate in Idaho, where >1500 barn owls/year are killed.
Why so many owls are killed is poorly understood but is the focus of my research. There are roadway sections where barn owls are killed in extraordinary numbers and others where few owls die. We know nothing about barn owl occupancy so it is unclear if owls are simply killed in proportion to their abundance, or if owls are equally abundant in regions where they suffer low mortality. Information about owl occupancy and behavior near highways would help inform suitable mitigation. No previous study has paired research on roadway mortality with observations of how live owls use habitat surrounding the roadway. My research combines road kill surveys along a focal interstate with patterns of barn owl occupancy, and a gps tracking study to quantify owl behavior. Hopefully, this information combined will allow us to predict areas of high/low mortality, to understand the barn owl population level in response to the high mortality rates, and inform mitigation to reduce barn owl vehicle collisions along I-84.
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