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Fall migrations are happening. Hope you’re getting out watching birds fly south (and welcoming our migrants from the north that winter here.) Our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch program is in full swing in September and October. Learn more at our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch page.

Throughout this past summer, we traded our general meetings for getting outside in Montana’s amazing summer. It was a busy summer exploring the outdoors. Check out our Field Trip Reports to see the fun.

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Snappy's Osprey with eggs - Photo Courtesy of Snappy's Sport Center

Snappy’s Sport Senter Web Cam

by Doug MacCarter In 2014 Mr. Lupton (store owner) and I discussed the possibility of erecting an Osprey platform behind Snappy’s fish pond. In 2015 a web cam atop a 60 foot platform was constructed. However, It wasn’t until April of 2016 that Snappy’s became a proud home for its first breeding pair of Ospreys. […]

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Denny Olson

Conservation Education Corner – October 2016

Conservation Educator’s Summer Blitz by Denny Olson FAS Conservation Educator An interesting start to my tenure as FAS Conservation Educator! June is always a busy month for our Audubon Crew. It started with a number of us attending the Montana Bird Festival in Missoula, camping at Tally Lake for the Warbler Weekend, and then Birdathon. […]

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West Valley School Project

by Linda deKort West Valley School sixth grade students spent one day last May plant-ing native shrubs, trees, and flowers around the new addition of their middle school. Before the planting day stu-dents researched habitat requirements for each species. By midsummer hum-mingbirds were visiting he scarlet gilia and the serviceberry shrubs were bear-ing fruit. Thank […]

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X-ray images of lead (top) and non-lead (bottom) bullets shot into a ballistics gel - Photo Credit: Jeremy Roberts/Conservation Media.

Lead Bullets and Wildlife

by Lewis Young, Conservation Chair If you are a big game hunter you can contribute to the conservation of birds by switching to non-lead bullets. Why switch? Lead bullets, even copper jacketed lead bullets, fired from high velocity guns fragment on impact losing 20-40% of their mass when they hit an object. As many as […]

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Looking for incoming raptors at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Begins Ninth Year

by Kathy Ross The Jewel Basin Hawk Watch season officially opened on Friday, August 26 with 6 migrating raptors reported by veteran Jeweler, BJ Worth. BJ once again carried all materials to the mountaintop—again many thanks, BJ for getting things set up for the season. This report was followed the next day with 18 raptors, […]

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