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We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Hooded Merganser at sunset Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Summer is for getting out and birding!

We hope that you're taking your binoculars out and finding our lovely, winged friends. We have many trips planned throughout the summer. Visit our Activities & Field Trips page to find out where we're heading next!

Have you put up a clever solution for feeding birds?

We're always on the lookout for new and clever ways to feed our birds. If you have something to share, head over to our Feeder Ideas page and submit! Submissions may be featured in future FAS presentations and newsletters.

The new version 6.0 of "Bird Songs of Western Montana" has landed!

Bruce Tannehill has been hard at work updating the wonderful Bird Songs of Western Montana. Birds have local "dialects" so this is an invaluable resource for those working on birding by ear in our local habitats. You can pick one up here in our online shop!

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Biologists Use Wing Prints To Identify Bats

Wing prints may identify bats as reliably as fingerprints do humans, researchers recently reported. In a study published in the Journal of Mammalogy, U.S. Forest Service biologists showed how biometrics can identify bats witout the need to band them. Studying little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus), northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis), big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus), and tricolored bats (Perimyotis subflavus), the team found collagen-elastin bundles, which crisscross bat wings to...

March with FAS in Bigfork’s July 4th, 2018 Parade

by Paula Smith FAS members, families and friends are invited to celebrate the Year of the Bird and the good and still young USA by marching in the annual Bigfork 4th of July parade. This is an opportunity to flap your wings in colorful bird costumes and/or face paint of your own creation or from FAS education trunks and to carry signs about FAS activities. Other marchers may simply prefer...

Loon and Lead – You can help!

Here in northwest Montana we are fortunate to have both a population of common loons and good fishing in many lakes that support loons. Unfortunately, the lead sinkers and jigs often used for fishing pose a significant threat to loons. Loons often swallow fishing tackle and lead is toxic to loons. One lead sinker can kill a loon. Lead sinkers and jigs 1 ½ inches or smaller along the longest...

Three OSNA Volunteer Opportunities

1. Help with summer Monitoring Scheduled Volunteer Monitors are still needed to cover the last half of June, and both the first and last halves of July and August. Sign up at the May potluck, or contact Linda Winnie at lindawin626@gmail.com or 755-1406.  And please remember, you can help anytime by sending us your observations whenever you visit OSNA this summer. Just take along an OSNA Monitoring Form and use...

Flathead Audubon Gives Student Science Awards

Flathead Audubon Society gives two awards for the best Conservation-themed Science projects presented at the Flathead County Schools Science Fair. This year, Conservation Educator Denny Olson presented the awards to (a) 6th-grader Keanu Ng of Kalispell Middle School, for “Ocean Acidification, a project on the effects of ocean acidification on climate change, and (b) 8th-grader Jakob Ritzdorf of Kalispell Middle School, for “Effectiveness of eDNA to Find Distribution of Invasive...

World Migratory Bird Day – Cause for Celebration!

by Kathy Ross Migratory birds are some of the most beautiful, observable and remarkable wildlife that share our world. Some, like our American Redstart and Swainson's Thrush, travel thousands of miles from winter homes in Central and South America, Mexico or the Caribbean to summer breeding grounds in US and Canada. They brave an increasing number of environmental and human caused threats along the way as well as in their...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – May 2018

The Never-ending Summer by Denny Olson The prospect of a coming summer has been very seductive, especially this year, with snow, rain and seasonal affective disorder every other day it seems. Like all good denizens of the northern forests, I’ve learned not to trust either the “when” or the “if” of its arrival, duration and departure. It simply isn’t reliable, by my understated Scandinavian mindset. When the rains slow in...

Of Birds and Bears–Finding a Balance

by Kathy Ross We have had the enormous pleasure all winter of enjoying birds at our feeders and the birds have benefited, especially in hard winters like the past winter. Now is the time to consider taking the feeders down.  If you live in bear country, out of respect for our furry, hungry neighbors, it is essential. Besides helping to keep bears out of trouble, taking your feeders down also...

Education Committee News – May 2018

by Gail Shay Linne, Education Chair The FAS Education Committee has been busy these past two months evaluating the “Education Program Strategic Plan, 2015-2019” and planning for the next steps for the Chapter’s education program. The document is comprehensive and directly reflects FAS’s education programs. A copy of the Strategic Plan will be available on Flathead Audubon’s website by mid-May 2018. I also invite you to visit the website and...

Successful Feeder Solutions Wanted!!

by Jake Bramante As birders, we have that desire to look out at the feeders we meticulously put out and see it teeming with all sorts of birds. In addition to the chickadees, nuthatches, flickers, and House Finches, we hope for grosbeaks, goldfinches, and fancy sparrows. It’s easy, however, to be met with either a quiet feeder, or one dominated by House Sparrows, Eurasian Collared-Doves, or worse… the dreaded Fox...

President’s Column – May 2018

by Kay Mitchell, FAS President Flathead Audubon is finishing another year of activities and programs. Thanks to you, our supportive members, we have made great strides in many areas and exceeded our goals for the year. I invite you to come to our May meeting at the Whitefish Community Center on May 14 and hear the list of accomplishments. I also want to remind you of a promise we made...

Candidates for Officers and Board Members – May 2018

7At the May meeting, FAS will elect the Treasurer, Secretary, and several Director positions. Nominees (with biographies) for these positions are: Treasurer —Joe Batts : I have served as the appointed treasurer of Flathead Audubon Society (FAS). I have enjoyed that role and I look forward to remaining the Treasurer. I have been very fortunate to receive the support of the Board. The message that I have received – and...