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Has The Treasure Valley Gone To The Birds?

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Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
SPOTTED: Canada geese takeover the Greenbelt.

Walking her dogs every evening in Meridian, Wanna Know Idaho listener Morgan Keating began to wonder: what’s up with all these seagulls? And suddenly, birds of all kinds were everywhere. (Cue the cliche Hitchcock montage.) 

Morgan works in downtown Boise, and became acutely aware of the geese that roam the streets. Then, she remembered hearing reports on the city of Nampa’s crow problem. Three instances of bird takeovers in the Treasure Valley left Morgan curious, which soon led her to ask Wanna Know Idaho

"Crows in Nampa, so many geese in Boise, and a flock of seagulls every night in Meridian at dusk -- has the Treasure Valley gone to the birds?"

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Heidi, left, answers listener Morgan's question.

As it turns out, there’s not a simple answer to the question. Each bird population has a different relationship with the changing human population and landscape of the Valley. 

But Heidi Ware-Carlisle at Boise State’s Intermountain Bird Observatory was able to explain to Morgan why she seems to be seeing more of these birds around. 

We want you to hear the answer too. Listen here.



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Until next time, stay curious Idaho!


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Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.