Welcome to Flathead Audubon

We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Northern Harrier - Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Time to renew your membership!

It's that time of the year where leaves change color, birds migrate south, and we all head over to renew our memberships (or join)! Renewing your membership is easy to do online or by mail. What are you waiting for?! Head over to the Join page and get with our flock!

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch is SOARING!!

Record days are happening up on the ridge of the Swan Mountains. Thousands of migrating raptors ride the wind coming up the mountains to ease their trip southward. Our hawk watch site up in the Jewel Basin gives you front row seats. Head up to help be a spotter (even if you can't ID very well) or follow along on the Dunkadoo site as the count is updated live as our primary counters log the birds. Find more details in our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch article.

Birds Rock!

Check out Flathead Audubon’s entertaining (and educational) new film featuring our very own eccentric Professor Avian Guano, Bir.D., narrating all the reasons that birds really do rock! Birds really are critical to our existence. We appreciate not only their beauty and songs, but also the many benefits they provide.  Our new video brings the message home in a unique and informative way. Find the video here!


Hope you're out birding despite the ongoing virus outbreak

Fall migrations are happening. Check out the most recent edition of the Flathead Valley Bird Report by Josh Covill with rare and notables as well as what to be looking for. Our FAS website has a list of excellent locations around the valley for observing fall migration on our Birding Hotspots page. Breathe some fresh air and challenge yourself to learn new birds! If you have exciting bird sightings that you want to share or amazing bird photos, let us know by dropping us a line on our Contact Us page.

If you do get outdoors safely to enjoy our spring migration of waterfowl and songbirds, we suggest that you do not carpool, share binoculars or scopes with any other people, and, that you respect others’ space, even when outside.

Stay updated with the Flathead Audubon Fly-by!

In addition to our monthly Pileated Post, we also have a short email we send out called the Flathead Audubon Fly-by. It contains a brief reminder of events, any last minute announcements, and a splash of birdiness to your inbox. It's even more important over the summer when our meetings take a break and we have a slew of field trips!

It's densely packed like peanut butter suet and can be yours by signing up below*.

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Books and Videos about Birds for You

From Susan Matter, Director of FVCC Library Services If you love birds, FVCC library has a lot to offer you.  Did you know that as a resident of Flathead Valley you can get a library card? If you are interested in doing this, email library@fvcc.edu or call 756-3856 for more information. Although we have many…

2020 FAS Election Results

by Bob Lee As you all know by now, Flathead Audubon postponed their annual meeting and FAS opted to hold elections and other business via a proxy vote. Ballots were mailed in and counted at a specially-called Board Meeting held at Lone Pine State Park. Officers and Directors in attendance were Gael Bissell, Rod Wallette…

2020 October Big Day and Global Bird Weekend

On October 17 you can celebrate the birds near you and around the world by participating in Cornell Lab’s 2020 October Big Day. To be part of this Big Day just watch birds on Saturday October 17 any time from midnight to midnight in your local time zone, and report what you see to eBird….

October 2020 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the September 8, 2020 Board meeting Jan Metzmaker reported on our current results for the Great Fish fundraising event, and reminded that all donations must be in by September 18 at 5 PM.The Newsletter Committee and the Membership Committee are both looking for an apprentice who could “learn the ropes”, and serve as…

Conservation Corner – October 2020

by Denny Olson Virtually everything seems, well, virtual. Sequestered at home, for the most part, I have been scrambling to convert most of my education efforts  — programs, PowerPoint presentations, new video productions to complement Birds Rock!, dredging out the non-hands-on parts of our educational trunks so at least part of them will be useful…

2020 FAS Election – Time to Vote!

2020 Elections Instructions by Bob Lee As you are probably aware by now, the elections for Flathead Audubon are taking place by proxy. The procedure for proxy voting is fairly simple. Anyone who was a FAS member as of May 2020 is eligible to vote; individual members are allowed 1 vote, families who are members…