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We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Snow Geese flock Photo Credit: Dick Walker
Barred Owl - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Three new species found at Owen Sowerwine Natural Area!

We keep a running list of birds found in and immediately around Owen Sowerwine Natural Area. Check out our recent blog to find out whoooo we've spied.

Our monthly meetings are humming right along.

Whether or not you're a member of Flathead Audubon, come join us for our monthly meetings on the second Monday of every month from September through May. Hear wonderful presentations, learn new info, and see what we are up to (all while enjoying delicious treats). Check the Activities and Field Trips page for the latest on our meetings, field trips, and other events.

Have you put up a clever solution for feeding birds?

We're always on the lookout for new and clever ways to feed our birds. If you have something to share, head over to our Feeder Ideas page and submit! Submissions may be featured in future FAS presentations and newsletters.

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!

Catch all of the Latest News here!!

“Of Women and Audubon”

by Denny Olson, Conservation Educator “Who has the right to decide that the supreme value is a world without insects, even though it would be a sterile world ungraced by the curving wing of a bird in flight. The decision is that of the authoritarian temporarily entrusted with power.”       -- Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring “Birds are important because they are a window that mirrors our...

Count Curlews for Science!

It’s curlew season again in the Mission Valley! Are you ready to hear the ‘currlleeee’ of the Long-billed Curlew?  Well, grab your binoculars and get ready, because this charismatic shorebird needs you.  Montana’s curlews will be trickling back next month and we want to keep tracking them in and around the Mission Valley! We know that Montana and the Mission Valley harbor the very important grassland and wetland habitat that...

Recycling News – Plastic Recycling Returns to Kalispell

Valley Recycling is now accepting plastics: #1 bottles (soda and water), and #2 clear only (milk jugs) at their facility at 1410 Highway 2 W, Kalispell (just west of the by-pass entrances). The two types of plastic must be separated; two outside collection bins are provided at the facility. There are no bins for plastics yet at Valley’s recycling collection sites behind Smith’s and Albertson’s. Valley has returned to taking...

30th Family Forestry Expo

by Bob Lee The 30th annual Family Forestry Expo will take place at Stoltze Lumber’s Ron Buntemeyer Educational Forest located north of Kalispell along Trumbull Creek on Saturday, May 11, from 9 AM-3 PM. This is a free family event that offers hands-on understanding of the role that local forests play in our everyday lives. Expo visitors explore how the different parts of a forest are connected to make up...

Lazuli Bunting

by Denny Olson T. S. Eliot once used the phrase “ Water out of sunlight” when referring to the refractive blue color in a pool. I have no way of knowing this, but I suspect he never watched a little azure jewel drop out of the sky and land on a shrub in the American West, or he may have adjusted his metaphor to claim that Lazuli Buntings are feathered...

April 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the March 4, 2019 Board meeting President Kay Mitchell informed us that, unfortunately, we were not able to qualify for the Great Fish Community Challenge. The committee had invested over 100 hours completing the application, so it was quite a disappointment.Bob Lee is seeking nomination for FAS Board members.We made good progress setting parameters for an updated logo that could be used more efficiently for items such as...

2019 May Flathead Audubon Meeting is around the corner!

Monday, May 13, 2019 Whitefish Community Center,121 Second Street, Whitefish Program: To be announced Doors Open 5:00 PM,  Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM,  Meeting Begins 7:00 PM. Be sure to arrive early enough to look over and bid on silent auction items! Officers and Board Members will be elected. NOMINATIONS FOR UPCOMING FAS ELECTIONS At the May potluck, FAS will elect a President, Vice President and some Board Directors. It is...

March 9 OSNA Winter Work Party

By Linda Winnie, Photos by Devvi Morgan.                10 volunteer workers gathered at 9 am on the cold Saturday morning of March 9 in the Montessori Elementary School parking lot to prepare for a morning of weed work at the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area. After Denny Olson, FAS Conservation Educator gave them a quick lesson on identifying and removing the seed heads of Houndstongue, the volunteers headed into the Natural...

April 2019 Program

The Dynamic Relationship of Native Plants, Insects, and Birds presented byKathy Ross Kathy Ross will be the guest speaker at the Flathead Audubon meeting on Monday, April 8 from 7-9 PM at the Gateway West Community Room in Kalispell. Did you know that over 90% of all terrestrial birds need insects, not seeds, to raise their young? Up to 5,000 caterpillars are needed to raise one nest of Chickadees? Audubon...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – March 2019

Big Possibilities for Local Bird Education by Denny Olson Partly because our local schools are cash-strapped for bus money, opportunities for public school outdoor education seem to be shrinking. With our local economy increasingly tied to outdoor experiences – and with what we know about how important natural outdoor experiences are in the intellectual and emotional development of children -- this is an alarming development. Flathead Audubon, the Flathead Land...

Education Committee News – March 2019

by Gail Shay Linne, Education Chair Denny Olson, Conservation Educator, presented an ambassador training on January 7, 2019 at the Lone Pine State Park Visitors Center. Shannon Donaldson and her son Bridger Donaldson, Jennifer Dodan, Pat Jaquith and Pam Willison attended the three-hour workshop. FAS Education Committee members Amy Jacobs, Rod Wallette and Gail Linne helped set up materials and were on hand for the afternoon activities. Denny explained FAS’s...

Grosswiler Family Receives Conservation Achievement Recognition

by Laura Katzman We are grateful that the Grosswiler family placed almost 400 acres of their land in the West Valley in conservation easements with Flathead Land Trust in 2017 and 2018. The conserved land has amazing conservation values with its rich farm soils and unique 45-acre pothole wetland that is critical for tens of thousands of migratory waterfowl, over 20 species of shorebirds, and hundreds of Sandhill Cranes each...