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Rough-legged Hawk - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Flight of Hummingbirds presentation now online!

Bret Tobalske's presentation at our (online) October meeting was fascinating! Check out a replay of his presentation and learn all about the flight of hummingbirds through his research at the University of Montana using high speed cameras and countless other high-tech ways. Full of interesting facts, slow-motion video, and cool animations, Bret excellently explains, and shows us, all about their flight. Click here to see a replay!

Have you renewed 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!

Hope you're out birding despite the ongoing virus outbreak

More and more of our overwinter birds are arriving each day! 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.


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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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Christmas Bird Counts Are Different This Year

Due to pandemic restrictions on safely gathering, this year’s local Kalispell and Bigfork Christmas Bird Counts will not be taking volunteers. The coordinators will be relying on individuals who have conducted the counts in the past to conduct them this year. They will reach out to those individuals for assistance. If you’re a regular contributor…

Flathead Valley Bird Report – December 2020

Rare and Notables – November 2020 Incredibly, the YELLOW-BILLED LOON (immature) found on Dickey Lake by Nikki M. on July 5th was present until Oct. 21st at the latest (Lewis Y.) Unsure if it is still around.10/19 – Surf Scoter found at the Creston wetland (Craig H.)10/23 – Mew Gull spotted at the Lakeside Marina…

2020 Fall Season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch: Short, but Sweet!

by Dan Casey As I write this, four inches of snow blankets our Somers yard. Those glorious sunny days of early October are gone, and with them, the chance to sit on the ridge top and count passing Golden Eagles. Bj Worth braved an icy road and 16 inches of snow on the ridge on…

October 2020 presentation on Hummingbirds available for replay!

Our October meeting featured the knowledgable Bret Tobalske, Professor of Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana, is now available online! His excellent presentation on hummingbird flight was captivating as Bret navigated the technicalities of his research in an easy to understand and fascinating talk. His…

December 2020 Program

Capturing Forest Birds in the Land of the Mayans presented by Cory Davis Cory Davis is a Research Associate at the University of Montana who spent many years studying birds throughout the western US and occasionally abroad. He will share stories and photos from a project he assisted with for the Smithsonian Institution in Belize…

Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center Presentations

by Kathy Ross Flathead Audubon and Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center hosted two informative presentations on birds of prey at the Wild Wings facility. Despite thick smoke, masks and cool temps, 25 participants joined Wild Wing’s volunteers and their feathered educational ambassadors for a close up look at the raptors key field markings and wild…