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Three Snowy Owls on roof Photo Credit: Dick Walker

The temperatures have plummeted and the snow is falling. The holidays are upon us and that means that it’s time for the annual Christmas Bird Count! See where you can join in the fun. You can help even if you’re a new to birding. You’ll be paired with veterans where you can help spot and learn along the way! Find out more on the Christmas Bird Count page.

Also keep checking our Calendar page to find out what great presentations we have lined up as well as some fantastic field trips.

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Glacier Christmas Bird Count Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Ninepipes CBC 2016 Report

by Brian Williams The Ninepipes Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, 18 December 2016.  Sixteen observers braved the single-digit weather and treacherous roads to count birds.  The deep cold made open water scarce and held our total species down a bit from 5 and 10 year averages, but we found some excellent birds.  Short-eared […]

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Trumpeter Swans on McDonald Creek - Photo Credit: Karen Chickering

Glacier National Park CBC 2016 Report

by Lisa Bate This year’s Christmas Bird Count in Glacier was fantastic! We had a number of rare birds, first-time birds, unusual birds for this time of the year, and some new high counts for species. It was also 25 degrees warmer than the morning before (minus 15° F) and we had light, fluffy snow, […]

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First Members - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Original Members at 40th Celebration

At our February 13 meeting, as part of our ongoing celebration of Flathead Audubon’s 40th birthday, the chapter honored its original members – those who were members in February 1977. Pictured here are the original members who were present at the meeting. From left to right, Bob Lopp, Ely Jones, Barbara Boorman, Jack Potter, Rick […]

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Glacier Christmas Bird Count Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Bigfork CBC 2016 Report

by Craig Hohenberger The 43rd annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, December 17th, under cloudy skies with very cold conditions; temperatures ranged from -16 to 7 above.  There was a limited amount of open water (less than 10%), and much of Flathead Lake was plagued by surface fog. Thirty-three volunteer participants counted 12,459 […]

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Birding along the Swan River for the GBBC Field Trip - Photo Credit: Kathy Ross

Bigfork Area GBBC Field Trip

Twenty-one participants, including 7 young birders, joined Kathy Ross for a bird-filled, GBBC day, 2/19/17, in the Bigfork/Swan river area. Spectacular blue-sky views of the Swan River and snow-capped mountains served as a perfect background for waterfowl and Pine Siskins alike. A couple of rain showers, did not dampen anyone’s resolve to ID and count […]

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Glacier Christmas Bird Count Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Kalispell CBC 2016 Report

by Pete Fisher The 18th annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on January 1, 2017.  Twenty-eight intrepid field observers braved wind and drifting snow to count 75 species of bird. Four feeder watchers contributed data as well. Major highlights were an Iceland Gull at the Flathead Dump and a Northern Saw-whet Owl at […]

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