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Lucky Peak (Songbird Observatory)

By hez - Posted on 02 April 2012

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  • Site # 4
  • GPS Coordinates: N43.6056 W116.0603
  • Elevation: 5824 feet
  • Benchmark Page: 61
  • Benchmark Coordinates: F11
  • Ride Difficulty: 2


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It was a beautiful sunny day about 30 minutes before this photo. It was snowing sideways and wind was blowing 25 MPH shortly after this picture was taken.


Posted by Handy on 2012-05-04 16:58

An interesting site.  The GPS says take FR232 BUT there is no road where the GPS thinks one should be.  Instead it is about .4 miles up the hill from the indicated location.  Two quasi locked gates leads you to the real locked gate .3 miles from the challenge site.  A little washed out in many spots might be tough on a big bike?

Posted by nohvccbob on 2012-05-15 16:41

no building or anything here, just a couple of platforms or amphitheaters for lectures or somethin, I guess they hang nets up in the trees to catch the migratory birds so they can band them...

Posted by silverspurs on 2012-05-20 21:49

 Great afternoon ride

Posted by ralf on 2012-07-02 17:32

Tried from 2 directions, gates at both roads.

Posted by ID scout on 2012-07-09 14:34

Quick ride up the hill.  Rode my son's DRZ 400 - very nimble.  Idaho Army National Guard set up at the top.

Posted by idahoscout on 2012-07-16 09:13

Lucky Peak 7-18-12   Nice ride after work

Posted by sage on 2012-07-18 21:11

My 3rd site.

Posted by BoiseMike on 2012-07-22 20:35

 Was a bit windy in top and I was fighting my Challenge bandana, but eventually got the photo.

Posted by EpicFroth on 2012-08-01 21:47

Sandy corners... careful on the descent.

Posted by Chip Keyes on 2012-08-05 20:32

Sorry this picture is upside down.  It shows one of the mist nets used to catch the mountain song birds that migrate through here annually.  If you are just taking your picture at the locked gate without walking into the observatory, you are really missing out on the beauty and uniqueness of this challenge site. 

The Idaho Bird Observatory (IBO) is a non-profit research unit of Boise State University with a mission to contribute to the conservation of western migratory landbirds through cooperative research and public education.

In 1993, they 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 was 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 were established to identify migration routes, wintering areas, breeding areas, and mortality factors.

In 1997, a long-term songbird monitoring project was initiated that consists of songbird mist netting and count surveying. In 1999, a standardized forest owl monitoring and banding project was initiated that targets Northern Saw-whet and Flammulated Owls. Since then, we have developed year-round research, education, and volunteer involvement programs centered around this remarkable natural phenomenon. High priority also is given to promoting public wildlife viewing, environmental education, and community volunteer programs.

In addition to visiting the IBO at the top of Lucky Peak, you can visit their website to learn more about their activities.

Posted by coolsen on 2012-08-10 22:52

This is a western flycatcher being studied and banded by IBO personnel at the Lucky Peak songbird observatory.  It is being held by Dr. Jay Carlisle, IBO research director just prior to its release.

Posted by coolsen on 2012-08-10 23:04

Lots of activity with songbirds when I arrived about 10 am..  Junior High school students there watched as IBO personnel measured and tagged many birds. 

Posted by oldnut on 2012-09-25 16:35

Did this in early May.  Got to this locked gate

Posted by MrLon on 2012-10-08 08:12

Great day for riding the ridge!

Posted by IDRIDR on 2012-10-15 08:05

As close as I was getting with locked gates.

Posted by CBMMA1969 on 2012-10-22 15:24

Gate was locked and no one home. A great day for a ride!

Posted by RideFar on 2012-11-04 23:33