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Short-eared Owl Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Board Challenge and Birding

Board feeder - $3,000
Membership feeder - $2,135

Wow! What a great end of year push we had with our annual Board Challenge. We ended up raising over $5,000 which will help usher in another year of conservation education and the other numerous activities we embark on. Of course, if you forgot the end of the year "deadline", you can always head over to the donation page to help keep the good work rolling!

If you're looking for places and ideas for birding, check our our Birding Hotspots page as well as Josh Covill's monthly report! December also means it's time for the annual Christmas Bird Counts! Find out more here.

Our monthly meetings are in full swing! Keep an eye out on our calendar of Activities and Events to find out what is happening.

 

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!

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Conservation Educator’s Niche – January 2019

by Denny Olson I'm spoiled I’ve always been a student of nature, gleaning factoids and evaluating the quality of evidence about the health of our wild environment. I’ve been able to teach what I have learned – about in equal measure to my continuing efforts as a student – to literally hundreds of thousands of people over 47 years as a teaching naturalist. Because of the “nature” of my work,...

Backyard and Local Conservation for Birds – They Need Our Help

by Kathy Ross Recent research findings on declining bird populations motivates all of us to find ways to help the birds that add so much to our world. Many Bird Conservation organizations are offering ideas on how we as humans can help. Below is a list drawn from suggestions made by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, American Bird Conservancy and the Teton Raptor Centre, along with a few of my...

January 2020 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the December 2, 2019 Board meeting The list of nominees for the Conservation Achievement Recognition award was reviewed and updated, and ballots were cast for individual and business awards.Conservation Educator Denny Olson is seeking input from the Board to help guide his decisions about priorities, goals, and buckthorn control/restoration in OSNA.A discussion was held about trying to provide better information to members and to the public related to...

Flathead Audubon Fly-by

by Jake Bramante Did you forget about the Christmas Bird Counts? Were you disappointed to find out about a last minute field trip that was changed? Do you want to know what’s happening throughout the summer? Enter the “Flathead Audubon Fly-by”! This is Flathead Audubon’s once-ish a month quick newsletter briefly reminding you of upcoming events, changes/additions/deletions of field trips and meetings, and other important happenings to augment our excellent...

Membership and Murdoch’s

by Jake Bramante A major benefit of becoming a member of the Flathead Audubon Society (FAS) is the satisfying feeling that you are contributing to solid, science-based education and conservation efforts. It doesn’t stop there, however. If you haven’t noticed, we have a new look and with that new look, some additional benefits. Every member has access to a membership sticker and a membership card. The sticker is an all...

Finches with Eye Disease are in the Flathead – What You Should Do

by Linda Winnie At the December FAS meeting, several people reported seeing House Finches with infected eyes at their feeders – partially or fully closed, red, swollen, or crusty. Most likely these birds were suffering from avian conjunctivitis, a bacterial infection that can affect any songbird, but occurs frequently in finches. If you see a bird with an infected eye at your feeders, you need to take action immediately in...

Flathead Valley Bird Report – January 2020

by Joshua Covill Rare and Notables - December 2019 11/18 - Northern Hawk Owl at Howe Lake in Glacier NP (Steve G.)11/21 - Rusty Blackbird at the Lazy Creek bridge of Whitefish Lake (Anonymous eBirder)11/28 - Northern Hawk Owl photographed at the Swan River NWR access (Carrie V. & Dan S.)11/30 - the Northern Cardinal in Marion made another appearance at the same private residence that it was initially reported...

January 2020 Program

Impact of Habitat Destruction & Fragmentation on Birds presented by Robert Gentry Robert Gentry will be the guest speaker at the Flathead Audubon monthly meeting Monday, January 13 from 7-9 PM in the Gateway West Community Meeting Room in Kalispell. As any birder knows, habitat is critical to birds. Robert will discuss not only how habitat loss affects birds, but also the fragmentation of habitats affects them. Mr Gentry attended...

Global Bird Conservation Crisis

State of the World’s Birds by David A. Manuwal On September 19, 2019 an article in the journal Science was published that sent shockwaves through the conservation community. The report indicated that almost 3 billion birds had disappeared since 1970. A year earlier in 2018, another independent less well-known report was published by Birdlife International, a conservation group based in the United Kingdom. Compiling data from various sources from all...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – December 2019

The Meta-Threat by Dennis Olson In the last Pileated Post, FAS Board member Carole Jorgensen and Post Editor Lewis Young wrote two wonderful short summaries of two separate “meta-studies” – regarding the 29% decline in North American bird populations in the last 50 years, and, respectively, an Audubon study outlining the 64% of North American bird species vulnerable (to some degree) to climate change. Because these studies were huge and...

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2019 Report

by Kat Peterson The 12th season has ended for the 2019 hawk migration season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site northeast of Bigfork. Our season started out encouragingly with a primary observer on the ridge almost every day. Our high count of 250 birds on September 22 was our seventh best day ever! However, Mid-September presented 8 foul weather days during our peak flight of migrants. The first half...

December 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from November 4th Board Meeting Jan Metzmaker is coordinating the development of a consistent approach to acknowledgments of gifts, grants, and donations.Kay Mitchell reported that we received a $2000 matching grant from Flathead Conservation District to use in OSNA in our efforts to control invasives.Denny Olson is nearly finished with the educational trail guide for the new classroom trail in OSNA.  He is also investigating ways to use student...