The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to monitor and conserve North America’s migratory landbirds. IBO began conducting autumn migratory raptor counts at Lucky Peak along the southern-most point of the Boise ridge in 1994. This was followed by a long-term songbird monitoring program in 1997, and then an owl monitoring and banding project in 1999. The Boise ridge is an important jumping off and concentration point for migrating raptors and songbirds beginning the trek across the Great Basin high desert to the south. Since 1999, IBO has expanded their survey efforts year-round to include many other avian projects throughout the state of Idaho.