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Yellow Warbler Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Our monthly meetings are on summer break, but the field trips are going red hot!

Our monthly meetings are on hiatus as summer is now in full swing. The fun continues out in the field... with the birds! Check the Activities and Field Trips page for  field trips and other events.

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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FAS 2019 Birdathon

Saturday, June 15th started with a beautiful morning of partly cloudy skies and ideal summer temperatures, resulting in a wonderful birding day for Flathead Audubon’s seventh annual Bird-a-thon.  Members of the two Birdathon teams, the Jays and the Tanagers, searched mostly close to home this year to see and hear as many species as possible in one day. The furthest excursion went as far as the Mission Valley; otherwise we...

BirdCast: real time migration information

by Lewis Young E-bird, a service of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has a product that gives migration forecasts for the next 3 days and shows real time bird migration pathways and numbers each night. Click on http://birdcast.info/  The migration forecasts give you a quick glance at what to expect for the next three days, with predictions based on weather forecasts combined with radar data from 23 years of spring migration....

Migration Miracles

by Kathy Ross Feathers, hollow bones, no more than air cloaked in brilliant hues. Our neotropical birds migrate at speeds up 100 mph, at elevations as high as 15,000 feet, for up to 8 hours at a stretch or some never stopping for thousands of miles. To top off this feat, they know their way to Mexico or South American in the fall and back to North America and Canada...

May 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the April 1st Board Meeting A sample and explanation of the Birds In Motion video project was provided by bj Worth, in hopes of coordinating with FAS for our mutual benefit.Bruce Tannehill provided an annual financial review, which recommended splitting the Treasurer position into a bookkeeper and a Treasurer due to the work volume.Diane Boyd resigned from the Board due to a change in her employment.Birdathon information sheets...

Spring Reminders – 2019

Loons 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...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – May 2019

by Denny Olson “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (and still have a ways to go)” Despite our recognition that women have played a very important role in our knowledge of science (see last month’s column), the background shows that cultures, and prevailing thought, do not change overnight. Gender inequality is still the norm in our country, and even worse in some others. In education and career choices, girls and...

Warbler Weekend 2019 at Tally Lake

Come join FAS at the Tally Lake Campground on 5/31/19 - 6/2/19 for an extraordinary two days of birding and relaxing. The pavilion campsite at the campground has been reserved for us. We will be focusing on bird identification, birding by ear, and photography. This is an ideal time of year to find a wide variety of migrant and resident birds; most notable is that all of the warbler species...

Education Committee News – May 2019

by Gail Shay Linne, Education Chair The Education Committee has had a productive year. I wish to recognize and thank our members for their expertise and commitment in meeting our education goals. They are Renee Cortes, Linda de Kort, Amy Jacobs, Kathy Ross, Rod Wallette and Pam Willison. A special thanks to Conservation Educator Denny Olson for his resourcefulness, program development and boundless energy on our behalf. Our educational trunk...

Richard Kuhl, Walking Man

by Ben Long Richard A. Kuhl – a man with a long stride and longer vision – died on March 17. A wilderness ranger, educator and conservationist, Kuhl left his campsites and community better than he found them. Richard was born in 1938 in rural New Jersey. After college and the military, he traveled North America by Greyhound bus and foot. He worked for the Forest Service building trail and...

American Avocet

by Linda de Kort Several years ago our neighbor and I stopped by West Valley Ponds on a sunny May morning. The ponds were filled with migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. I immediately recognized two of my favorites: Ruddy Ducks with their distinctive blue bills and American Avocets with boldly patterned black and white wings and upturned bills. I tried in vain to describe them to my friend and then remembered...

President’s Column – May 2019

by Kay Mitchell, President THIS FLOCK JUST WON’T FLY IN A STRAIGHT LINE Nature is messy. It thrives on principles, not order. Sometimes we try to impose order, by lists, field guides, and occasionally cages. That doesn’t make anything more orderly except us. You have to agree that humans are pretty ridiculous in trying to control something that has been working just fine, thank you, for longer than we have...

Candidates for Officers and Board of Directors – 2019-2020

At the May meeting, FAS will elect the President, Vice-President, and several Director positions. Nominees (with biographies) for these positions are: President —Gael Bissell : Four years ago, when Kay Mitchell was selected as President, Flathead Audubon was a very productive Chapter delivering outstanding monthly public programming, field trips, and newsletters; overseeing our Conservation/Education Program; managing the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area; building a new website; helping with Christmas Bird Counts,...