Bird Watching Areas
World Center For Birds of Prey
Established in 1970, The Peregrine Fund works nationally and internationally to conserve birds of prey in nature. We conserve nature by achieving results--results restoring species in jeopardy, conserving habitat, educating students, training conservationists, providing factual information to the public, and by accomplishing good science. For more information go here.
Deerflat National Wildlife Refuge
Nestled in the rolling sagebrush hills of southwest Idaho, the watery oasis at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge provides an important breeding area for birds and mammals, as well as other wildlife. The refuge is also a significant resting and wintering area for birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, including spectacular concentrations of mallards and Canada geese. Because of it's value to birds, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge has been declared a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. For more information go here.
Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve
Hyatt Hidden lakes Reserve is a 44-acre haven for birds, animals, and people located on the edge of Boise's West Bench featuring trailheads, pathways, and overlook areas.
For more information go: https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/parks/hyatt-hidden-lakes-reserve/
Friends of MK Nature Center
The Friends of MK Nature Center (FOMKNC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, initiated in 2015. Our mission is to raise funds to support and enhance the work of MK Nature Center—its educational programming, staffing, facilities, service and outreach to the community.
Morrison-Knudson (MK) Nature Center
The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center offers a one-of-a-kind fish and wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt near downtown Boise. The Nature Center's stream walk and visitor center provide a glimpse of Idaho's many landscapes and abundant wildlife. The underwater viewing windows along the stream walk give visitors a fish-eye view of the world. For more information go here.
The Intermountain Bird Observatory
IBO is a non-profit research unit of Boise State University. Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of western migratory landbirds through cooperative research and public education. In 1993, we discovered that the Boise Ridge, just a few miles from downtown Boise, supports one of the largest known raptor and songbird migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. A long-term project has been established at Lucky Peak, the southernmost peak on the ridge, to annually count the number of migrating raptors during fall to provide reliable population trend information on western species. Long term raptor banding projects also have been established to identify migration routes, wintering areas, breeding areas, and mortality factors. For more information go to https://www.boisestate.edu/ibo/