The goal of the Boise Parks and Recreation community education program is to enhance enjoyment of our parks and open spaces by fostering awareness and understanding of the important role they play in our lives. We strive to nurture curiosity by presenting opportunities to explore the natural world within our urban and suburban settings. We invite you to visit this webpage often to view our current event listings, program highlights, self-guided activities and other educational opportunities.
Boise Parks and Recreation Community Education
Field Guide to Boise's Birds
Birds can be found in just about every setting in Boise, from urban microparks to the sprawling foothills that border our northeastern edge. They visit backyard feeders, perch in low shrubs and on tall structures, swim in our river, lakes, and ponds, nest in our trees and soar overhead. A variety of habitats in and around the city support and attract hundreds of species, and we invite you to explore some of the most common.
The Field Guide to Boise's Birds was developed with the beginning birder in mind, highlighting 99 species that are common to Boise parks, neighborhoods and open spaces. We worked with local experts - professionals and hobbyists - to create a guide that is not only functional and informative in the field, but a beautiful showcase of the stunning local images that were donated by area photographers for use in this publication.
The Field Guide to Boise’s Birds is available online or hard copies can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1104 Royal Blvd. or by phone at (208) 608-7600 ($8.00 plus tax).