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."

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!

Flathead Audubon and the Great Fish!

This year, we're very excited/honored to participate in the Great Fish Challenge put on by the Whitefish Community Foundation from 7/30/20-9/18/20. Head over to the Flathead Audubon page on their site to have your conservation dollars multiplied!

Hope you're out birding despite the ongoing virus outbreak

It is still a great time of year to get outside and go birding on your own. Check out this months Flathead Valley Bird Report and get excited for more migrators! Our FAS website has a list of excellent locations around the valley for observing spring 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.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and we look forward to getting back together as soon as we can do so safely.

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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Birds Rock!! video released!

Check out Flathead Audubon’s entertaining 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. We are lucky to have a wonderful partner in this...

Creating More Bird Song in Our World, One Garden at a Time

by Kathy Ross Spring is here and we are spending more time at home. Let’s take these challenging times and turn them into a unique and productive opportunity to make a healthier world in our own landscapes for our birds, pollinators, wildlife and the environment. Three very bird friendly and valuable things you can do in your own landscapes to help our birds and our environment, as well as save...

Colorful Bands in the Flathead

by Linda Winnie No – this is not about a local rock concert. It is about recent observations in the Valley of birds wearing colored neck collars inscribed with big letters and numbers that can be read from a distance. In general, it is geese and swans that are banded with colored collars. Swans are usually marked at their summering areas. Red, green, and yellow collars are most often used...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – May 2020

By Denny Olson My son (second-grade teacher-from-home) sent me a Facebook post -- not his own -- that summed up our present predicament in quarantine. "The spread of COVID-19 is determined by only two factors: 1. How dense the population is2. How dense the population is The lesson is clear. Expertise, and following expertise suggestions, will be critical. Stay away from other people (but not birds and the outdoors!), wear...

Conservation Corner – May 2020

by Carole Jorgensen While you are “hunkering” down at home, others are hard at work in Washington weakening federal rules or not moving important legislation through Congress. Please consider contacting your Congressional Representatives on these very important issues. To send messages, simply google websites for Congressman Gianforte and Senators Tester and Daines. Bipartisan bills to provide full, dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as provide funding...

Boreal Owl

by Lisa Bate Boreal Owls (Aegolius funereus) are one of the smaller owls found in Montana. Larger than a Northern Pygmy Owl, but smaller than a Barred Owl, they range in length from 8 to 11 inches (20 to 28 cm). Their wingspan ranges from 22 to 24 in (55 to 62 cm). They only weigh 3 to 7.5 oz (93-215 g). Like all raptor species, the females are larger...

May 2020 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the April 6, 2020 Board meeting A motion was made and passed to cancel the May 2020 general annual meeting and the field trips, in order to comply with limitation on public gatherings and safety recommendations related to the coronavirus pandemic. A general meeting and field trips will be held at the earliest, feasible time.The Board passed several motions in order to maintain FAS as a legal and...

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...

Cash Reward! for Observations of Montana’s Loons – Banded and Unbanded

by Linda Winnie The Montana Loon Society is offering cash prizes for 2020 observations of unique banded loons or confirmed unbanded breeding loons! This contest is generously funded by the Montana Loon Society. Two $100 awards will be decided by a random drawing from all individuals who submitted at least one observation. To encourage early observations, one drawing will occur in mid-June, the other in mid-July. Send band observations to...

President’s Column – May 2020

FAS President Gael Bissell  CANCELLATIONS AND POSTPONEMENTS. As we continue coping with this unfortunate pandemic, our non-profit organization, like many others, will be following CDC and state/local regulations to minimize people-to-people exposure for a bit longer. As such, we are cancelling our May Annual Meeting and Potluck at the Whitefish Community Center. The annual business meeting, including election of Officers and Board Directors, is postponed until September or as soon...

Flathead Valley Bird Report – May 2020

by Joshua Covill Rare and Notables – April 2020 03/12 – Golden Eagle flying over near Bigfork (Craig H.)  03/15 – Northern Goshawk seen around Apgar in Glacier NP (Dan D.)  03/22 – 5 Rusty Blackbirds visiting the feeders at a private residence near Creston (Pete F.)  03/23 – Mew Gull seen on the north shore of Flathead Lake (Shawn R.)  04/04 – Prairie Falcon in the West Valley Ponds...

Help Sustain Flathead Audubon on Day of Giving May 5-6

During this time of Covid19 restrictions some of our traditional fund raising activities have had to be cancelled, but our operating expenses remain, as well as our need to support our education and conservation projects. Also in this difficult time we have come up with new ways to serve you, our members, and our larger Flathead community, with our new entertaining "Birds Rock!" video and online bird trivia games and...