Audubon had its beginnings in the Bigfork
Bird Club, formed in early 1975 by birders who
had participated in the first Bigfork Audubon
Christmas Bird Count, December 1974. The Club
was chartered as a chapter of the National
Audubon Society January 1977. In 1994 , we moved
our meeting place from Bigfork to Kalispell,
which is more centrally located in the Chapterís
territory. Initially, our territory reached
farther south to include Polson. In 1997,
Mission Mountain Audubon Society was formed, the
10th and newest of the Montana Audubon chapters.
This new sister chapter is located in Polson,
and its membership territory reaches north to
encompass the Salish-Kootenai lands on the
southern end of Flathead Lake.
The Flathead Audubon Society is a local chapter of the national Audubon Society. Our mission is to:
conserve birds, wildlife habitat and ecosystem diversity; promote awareness and appreciation of the natural world through education and advocacy;
work with diverse groups and agencies to achieve sound decisions on natural resource issues;
provide community services such as school programs, work projects, and field trips.
While our efforts focus on northwest Montana, we believe in the protection of the earth and all its inhabitants.
Flathead Audubon is affiliated with
Montana Audubon, and the
National Audubon Society.
We are one of 10 such Audubon chapters in Montana.
Flathead Audubonís over 400 members live in a region stretching
from the Idaho border to the continental divide, and from the
Canadian border to the northern border of the Salish-Kootenai
provides a variety of education
programs for both children and adults, manages the
Owen Sowerwine Natural Area
cooperatively with Montana Audubon, and actively promotes the
conservation of bird and wildlife habitat in the Flathead
Our newsletter, the Pileated Post
is published monthly September through May, and is sent to
Flathead Audubon members as a membership benefit. It may be
received either in a paper version, via the US mail, or in an
electronic version, via email. The Post provides information
about activities of the chapter such as field trips and
programs, education and conservation projects, and actions taken
by the Board of Directors.
business of Flathead Audubon, including
oversight of chapter activities and making
policy decisions, is handled by our Officers and
Board of Directors. The Board meetings are open
to all who are interested. Please contact the
Chapter President for information on where and
when the Board meetings are held.
Flathead Audubon has a number of very active
Committees that organize and carry out the
Chapterís various specific projects. Committee
meetings are also open to all who are
interested. Please contact the Committee Chair
for information on meeting times and places.
For a list of those members who are currently
serving as Officers, Board Directors, and
Committee Chairs, please see the Chapter
Directory on the final page of the most recent
issue of the
The Board and the Committees are always in need
of new members to help with their projects. Any
member who is interested in joining the Board or
a particular Committee in their work should
contact the Chapter President or the Chair of
the Committee of interest.