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Birders, save the date: Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2019

the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association presents: “The Art and Science of Life and Death in Gorongosa National Park” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.

In late 2017 research biologist Rob Miller and artist Karyn deKramer traveled to Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique to continue the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s ongoing research and conservation efforts in the park. They studied raptors, vulture abundance and behaviors, and observed all varieties of fantastic creatures, said a press release about the event. Miller and deKramer will provide an overview of their work and highlight their observations and experiences at the presentation.

Miller spent 21 years working for Hewlett-Packard “before the birds called him outside,” the release said. He has since earned a second bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in raptor biology. He works for the Intermountain Bird Observatory as a research biologist leading their work on the Northern Goshawk, Short-eared Owls, on multiple woodpecker projects, migration studies in both North America and Europe, vulture and raptor populations in Mozambique, and providing general data management and analysis support for a dozen other projects.

Wildlife watercolor artist deKramer is a member of the Artists for Conservation and the Idaho Watercolor Society. She enjoys watching wildlife and expressing her experience through art.

SIBA meetings are held at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 13751 Upper Embankment Road in Nampa. The entrance is at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Indiana Ave. All are welcome to all of the SIBA meetings which last about 1 1/2 hours with a refreshment time following the meeting.

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