Flathead 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.
 
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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 lands.

Flathead Audubon 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 Valley.

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.
 
The general 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 Pileated Post.

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.

 
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