Our History

Golden Eagle Audubon Society (GEAS) was founded in 1972 by a group of birders who wanted to provide opportunities for community connection and birding in the Treasure Valley and beyond. GEAS has continued to expand our mission to include conservation of public lands and the protection of birds and their habitats, citizen science, educational programs for youth and adults, and the New Roots Program for refugee youth.

Through our advocacy and conservation work, our members have helped to shape many special places in southwestern Idaho including the Boise River Greenbelt, Hulls Gulch Reserve, Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, and Blacks Creek Bird Reserve. We have been active participants in local and national conservation issues and have supported local bird research.


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Historic GEAS Efforts

1972-1984

    • Opposed the use of DDT
    • Supported the creation of the Boise Greenbelt
    • Opposed discharge of harmful mining and milling wastes into streams in northern Idaho
    • Supported the preservation of the Barber Dam area as a nature preserve 
1985-1989
    • Opposed drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge
    • Conducted Breeding Bird Surveys





1990-1999
      • Supported the protection of non-game species in Idaho
      • Helped protect and preserve
      • Helped the City of Boise purchase the land to create Hyatt Hidden Wetlands Reserve 


2000-2009

    • Assisted with the creation of the Idaho Birding Trail
    • Advocated for the protection of Hubbard Reservoir
    • Began forming partnerships to create Blacks Creek Bird Reserve
2010-2013
    • Created Family Bird Walks to engage children and families in birding
    • Joined Idaho Families for Clean Water coalition and helped oppose the CuMo mine project
    • Dedicated the newly created Blacks Creek Bird Reserve 

Membership starts at just $20/year and supports our programs, education, conservation and advocacy work.

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"Golden Eagle Audubon Society" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 8261, Boise, ID 83707

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