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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."
Sandhill Cranes in field Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Meetings and Migrations

As summer winds down with crisper mornings, we once again say hello to birds that have spent the summer north of the 49th parallel. Birds that have spent the summer on their breeding grounds are heading back south before the snow flies. Make sure you are heading out to West Valley Ponds to view the Sandhill Cranes that are arriving and fueling up before continuing on their journeys. Random shorebirds, waterfowl and many others will make their appearances all throughout the valley.

We are also starting up our meetings! Keep an eye out on our calendar of Activities and Events to find out what is happening. One thing you should not miss is our annual Birds of Prey Festival this Friday. Learn more here!

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch

Our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch has begun as well! Find out more information on our page for the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch and follow along real time as our intrepid observers hang out on the ridge below Mt Aeneas to count the passing raptors by visiting the tallying site on Dunkadoo.

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!!

Project Feederwatch 2019-2020

by John Hughes Do you like to watch birds? Are you looking for a classroom or nature club project? How about participating in a project that contributes to scientific understanding of changes in wintering areas of birds? Project FeederWatch may be just for you. This year will be my third year for this important project. Since I feed birds and enjoy watching them come to my feeders, this was a...

Members with Benefits!

by Kay Mitchell Flathead Audubon local members are hitting the big time this year. When you renew your membership in the local chapter or join for the first time, you will get a membership card. You can flash your card around to impress people AND you can use your card for discounts at specific local stores. For instance, Murdoch’s will give you a 10% discount on bags of black oil...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – September 2019

by Denny Olson Well, we are nearing the end of that chronically over-planned, not-enough-time-in-the-universe-as-we-understand-it, time we call “summer”. And I have to say … it has been fun! Five weeks of teaching senior citizens about birds and life in Glacier, four days of Audubon and Road Scholar grandparents and grandkids with talented FAS volunteers, many Glacier Institute classes, and planning with Flathead Land Trust and Fish Wildlife and Parks for...

Congratulations to June Ash!

by Linda Winnie June Ash, longtime member and supporter of Flathead Audubon, turned 90 on March 19. She celebrated her birthday surrounded by family and friends. In the spring a delegation from FAS visited her to bring her congratulations and best wishes from Flathead Audubon, and spent a lively afternoon talking about birds and conservation and politics. Many Flathead Audubon members remember June and her husband Rod with affection and...

The Thirteenth Annual Birds of Prey Festival!

Coming September 14th at Lone Pine State Park Continuing a tradition started by the family of the late Rod Ash in 2006, Flathead Audubon, partnering with Lone Pine State Park, will expand on our big public event of the year with exhibits, booths and programs beginning at 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. US Forest Service, Glacier NP, MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Flathead Audubon, Hockaday Museum, Flathead Land Trust, and...

Doug and Don MacCarter receive Conservation Achievement Recognition

Honoring Butch and Buzz, The Osprey Twins by Gael Bissell We were in 9th or 10th grade, says Doug “Butch” MacCarter, the just five-minute older twin brother of Don “Buzz” MacCarter, and we rode our bikes, as we did most every day since Kindergarten, to the rim rocks above Billings.” It was 1958-59. “Our goal was to find reptiles and amphibians and bring them home. Our Dad had built these...

Birdathon 2019 Recap

by Bob Lopp Thanks to Cory Davis and Will Beyer, the 2019 Bird-a-thon was a great success. They did the heavy lifting and provided excellent leadership! Receipts to date are $1,310 and more pledges will come in as we get closer to September and much of our birding will slow down. As Cory reported, “Saturday, June 15th started with a beautiful morning of partly cloudy skies and ideal summer temperatures,...

President’s Column – September 2019

by Gael Bissell, President Welcome to our next Flathead Audubon season! I am excited if not bit nervous taking the helm after one incredible Kay Mitchell. Wasn’t she amazing? So organized, knew all your names, served on every committee, and led our Chapter through historic growth and successes such as helping develop our first website, establishing highly organized newsletter and budgeting processes, administering the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch agreements, taking full...

Say’s Phoebe

by John Hughes Perched on a fence post, rock or exposed tree branch, in plain sight, is a good place to find a Say’s Phoebe when in a locale where they are present. A medium-sized chunky flycatcher, the Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) is named for Thomas Say an early American Naturalist. The bird was first described on an expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1819-20, in which Say served as the...

September 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the May 6th Board Meeting The year end financial reports were reviewed, and the 2019-20 budget was approved.Thirteen Bluebird boxes were installed at or near the West Valley viewing area by a crew from Flathead Audubon.Work is underway on the Birds of Prey Festival this coming September. Coffee Traders is a new sponsor, Whitefish Credit Union has donated money, and a grant application has been submitted to the...

May 2019 General Meeting Recap

by Pam Willison The 2019 General Meeting of Flathead Audubon Society was held on May 13 in Whitefish, and was called to order by President Kay Mitchell.  Kay provided a summary of a very successful and active past year for FAS including: having the highest annual membership to date, participating in 6 Christmas Bird Counts, completing the fall Hawk Watch, giving 3 Conservation Achievement Recognition awards, holding 9 excellent monthly...

Renew your membership now!

by Mike Fanning Please renew your membership in Flathead Audubon as soon as possible. Head over to our Join/Donate page for more info! For those who don’t renew by October 18, this will be the last issue of the Pileated Post they will receive. Don’t miss an issue of our very interesting newsletter! The dues are $25 for a basic membership and $40 for a supporting membership. This year we...