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PLEASE NOTE: Classes and activities are offered throughout the year by HRWMA and our partner organizations for free. Class size may be limited. Classes may require pre-registration with the partner organization as well as HRWMA. Registration with HRWMA is required for eligibility for a refund.

Everyone is welcome to register for and attend classes. We appreciate your interest in wildlife and plants as well as your involvement in restoration efforts happening in our Boise community.                        *Please note: If you live in the Harris Ranch Specific Plan (SP01), then you are eligible for a refund.               If you live outside of SP01, in the Barber Valley Specific Plan (SP02), then you are not eligible for a refund.*

New homeowners, in the above mentioned City of Boise plan/district, have a financial incentive to participate in conservation education and volunteer opportunities at Harris Ranch. Two-thirds ($200) of the three hundred deed transfer fee paid at closing is refundable to homeowners who participate in two approved wildlife education classes or conservation projects (each class or project is valued for $100).

See below for Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association Approved Classes and Activities. To garner the full $200 refund your participation in two approved classes or projects is required within a two year time frame after closing on your home. 

Refund process: to request a reimbursement, print off and complete HRWMA Participation Form for each class or project. Bring the completed form with you to  and obtain the instructor signature. After attending, MAIL the completed participation form with signature to: HRWMA  PO Box 1949, Boise, ID 83701. Refunds are provided to members within 30 days of receipt.

Click here for form: HRWMA Participation Form                                                                                        

Participation forms can also be mailed directly upon request to

Wildlife Mitigation Refunds

Upcoming Classes & Activities: LIMITED!

    • 02/14/2022
    • 06/30/2023
    • Video Presentation


                               Birds of Southwestern Idaho 

                                                                         Foothills at Dusk by: GaryRichardson

      If you are seriously interested in learning what birds live and migration in Southwest Idaho then this independent study is for you! After watching the video and copious note taking you will soon be on your way to recognizing most of the birds here in the southwestern Idaho! This independent study includes: a 45 minute video followed by a 30 minute walking tour in search of birds.  

    Please Register and then email to Subject: SWI Birds for video package 

    • 10/29/2022
    • 04/30/2023
    • Your Very Own Backyard!


              North America's Winter Project FeederWatch

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                             PROJECT FEEDER WATCH                                                                                                                                                      

      ~Project feederWatch begins November 1st! Start learning now about the program and sign up early so you do not miss out! Join others across North America and help count the winter birds! Learn from your own backyard just why birds call Boise their winter home. Guidelines on feeders and types of feed are available on Cornell Lab website!

                  REGISTER ON-LINE & BE AN EARLY BIRD!! 


    Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. New participants will be able to log into online data entry and set up their count site on November 1.    

    Anyone interested in birds can participate! FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds.

    New participants are sent a Research Kit with complete instructions for participating, as well as a bird identification poster and more. You provide the feeder(s) and seed. Then each fall participants receive the year-end report, Winter Bird Highlights. Participants also receive access to the digital version of Living Bird, the Cornell Lab’s award-winning, quarterly magazine.


    There is a $18 annual participation fee for U.S. residents ($15 for Cornell Lab members). The participation fee covers materials, staff support, web design, data analysis, and the year-end report (Winter Bird Highlights). Project FeederWatch is supported almost entirely by participation fees. Without the support of our participants, this project wouldn’t be possible. ~

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    Click to website for birding activities:

    Boise Birds Field Guide:


    • 02/11/2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet us at the Eckert Bridge parking area

    We will be working as a team to wrap wire fencing around flagged cottonwood trees to protect them from beaver activity. All equipment and supplies will be provided.                           

    • 02/14/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MK Nature Center

    There are  hundreds of species of wild, native bees found in Idaho, but no survey has yet been undertaken. Dr. Ron Bitner and Amy Dolan have spent the last 3 years attempting to learn what bees can be found in the rich agricultural lands of the Treasure Valley. In this talk they will tell us about their project and share goals for learning more about Idaho’s native bees in the future.