Boise to Gorongosa
Posted by Katherine Jones on September 8, 2015
Every 30 minutes, volunteers, interns and staff at the Intermountain Bird Observatory take a short walk to check the finely strung nets hung between shrubs high on Lucky Peak in the Foothills. This time, two mountain chickadees have flown into the nets, temporarily captured to be counted, banded and examined.
Dominique Gonçalves, 23, is an intern from Mozambique. She gently extricates one of the migratory songbirds, the work made more difficult by the fact that their strong feet, designed for hanging upside down on trees, clench firmly around the netting.
But learning the subtle art of untangling and how to properly hold a bird — along with more demanding bird identification, taxonomy, banding, research and data-keeping — is why Gonçalves is here.
Posted by Katherine Jones on March 1, 2015
It's time to decide where Zoo Boise's money will go: to lions, elephants, birds, anti-poaching or to four different education programs. Online voting begins today and continues through March 15.
Posted by KATHERINE JONES on September 22, 2014
Some people think of cages when they think of zoos. Steve Burns wants people to think of wild lions and recovering populations of African elephants. His Zoo Boise has been a national leader in conservation efforts by zoos.
Posted by Katherine Jones on September 21, 2014
Vasco Galante left a high-powered career in Portugal and Italy to work in Africa.
Posted by Katherine Jones on September 19, 2014
Gorongosa National Park is a long way away from Idaho eight time zones and more than 10,000 miles and 24 hours of travel.