The Golden Eagle Audubon Society (GEAS) 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. We believe people protect what they love, and that a love for wildlife and the environment comes from being able to experience, enjoy, and learn about it first hand.
Since 1972 GEAS has strived to engage southwest Idaho's community in the out-of-doors. We offer numerous opportunities and programs, all of which are free and open to the public. Current and ongoing offerings include:
- Free Birding Field Trips: Birding field trips are the heart of Audubon, and we offer trips for all age groups and abilities. We take full day birding trips to the regional Wildlife Management Areas, Sage Grouse Leks, Bluebird Trails, Intermountain Bird Observatory’s fall migration station on Lucky Peak, and local Reservoirs. We also have urban birding trips along the Boise River greenbelt and in our local parks, which includes a Family Bird Walk that takes place 2nd Sunday of each month. This 2 hour birding trip aims to get families and children outside and enjoying wildlife.
- Monthly Presentations: Our monthly presentation, on the 4th Tuesday of most months, provides the community with a chance to come and enjoy a presentation on a variety of bird related topics. We often arrange to have local birders share their favorite birding places or experiences, biologists talk about their research, or natural resource professionals update us on wildlife and land management projects.
- Education and Outreach: Our educational programming is included in all our field trips and outreach events. However, it also includes more in-depth programs like the 'New Roots Program', which provides a free, two week-long, conservation and education camp experience each summer for refugee youth in our community. We believe that this program serves as an important first bridge uniting the conservation and refugee communities within Boise to offer a unique and positive experience for refugee and immigrant youth and their families. We participate in the educational Bird-by-Bird Program, providing Natural Resource professionals an avenue to teach about birds in local schools.
- Conservation Programs and Advocacy: Our conservation programs aim to engage the community in regional bird and bird habitat conservation. We initiated the creation of Blacks Creek Bird Reserve, an Audubon Important Bird Area. Blacks Creek Reservoir and the nearly 600 acres surrounding it, serves as crucial habitat for over 150 bird species, but was misused and treated as a dumping ground for years. In 2007, GEAS organized cleanup events and formed partnerships to begin the process of protecting this unique place. Blacks Creek Bird Reserve is now protected from further habitat degradation and we host ongoing restoration events to improve wildlife habitat on public lands at Blacks Creek Bird Reserve. Future conservation efforts aim to expand our work at Blacks Creek to adjacent desert reservoirs and improve habtiat in our urban areas, through native and ecological landscaping workshops. In addition to on the ground and community conservation programs, GEAS advocates for conservation issues that affect our local bird populations and their habitat. We support management and conservation initiatives that improve habitat and sustain populations. If needed we oppose actions that are not in line with our mission and degrade the natural resources that are important for conservation.
- Citizen Science: We support citizen science projects, such as monitoring of area Bluebird nest boxes, and organizing Christmas and Great Backyard bird counts.
- Small Grants: We support grassroots education and conservation projects through a small grants program. This year we gave over $2000 to local projects and research.
Your support allows this 100% volunteer organization to provide so much to our community and the environment.