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Short-eared Owl 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!!

Upper Swan Valley Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

The Upper Swan Valley Christmas Bird Count was held on December 15th. Clouds gave way to blue sky with breaks of sun, and participants enjoyed mild temperatures in the mid 30s. Snow conditions varied widely from the valley bottom (elevation ~3600’, snow depth 2”) to the mountains, where skiers and snowshoers encountered fresh powder up to 8” deep.  Our 15 intrepid birders found 287 birds across 23 species, with black-capped...

Troy Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

Troy’s CBC was held on December 15. Weather was mild with Temps ranging between 33˚ and 39˚F. Snow was essentially non-existent except for our higher elevations to the east and west.  Thirteen field observers participated with four feeder watchers. Species total was 51 for count day and 58 for count week. Usually we have our count after Christmas, but schedule conflicts made us have it at an earlier date. With...

Eureka Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

The 26th annual Eureka Christmas bird count was held on Saturday, December 15 in mild weather that ranged from 31˚F to 41˚F. A record 33 field observers and 16 feeder watchers recorded 61 species and 4953 individual birds. The 61 species tied the fifth highest total in our history and the number of individuals was the highest in count history.  A single Ruddy Duck was the only new species observed....

Bigfork Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

The 45th annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, December 15th, under cloudy skies, periodic “snow bands,” and strong SSE winds (10-17 mph) in the morning. The afternoon weather conditions were considerably better for birding, with good visibility and diminished winds.  Snow depths were non-existent and/or limited to the eastern edges of the count circle; temperatures ranged from 32-43 degrees F. Rivers and lakes were mostly open and there...

Kalispell Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

The 20th Kalispell Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 30. Milder than usual weather (28-35˚ F) and minimal snow cover (2 inches) made for an interesting count. This count could be dubbed "The Year of the Goose". We encountered astounding numbers of Canada Geese, which were taking full advantage of the exposed farm fields and cropland. The 8,988 birds counted demolished the previous record of 3,211. Thanks to...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – February 2019

by Denny Olson  At Flathead Audubon, we have a lot going on these days behind the scenes to build our school field trip presence in our own Owen Sowerwine Natural Area and assisting the Flathead Land Trust and Fish, Wildlife and Parks with in and out-of-classroom student bird education in the West Valley Ponds (“The Cranes, the Cranes!). So here is more about the “why” of getting kids outdoors as...

February 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from January 7, 2019 Board Meeting  Jake Bramante attended the Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit, which is coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. He reported on several ways in which we might assist people in becoming more aware of Flathead Audubon, and our programs and activities.Kathy Ross is coordinating a committee to work with FWP to plan and install native plantings at the new West Valley viewing...

“For The Birds Challenge” – We All Won!

by Kay Mitchell, President Speaking for our Board of Directors – WE CONCEDE! Flathead Audubon’s members won our end-of-the-year fundraising challenge. But only by a small feather. If you have been checking the bird feeders on the home page of our website, you really saw a race to the finish. Our goal was $6,000 which we achieved, but several generous last minute donors came through to push our final total...

Long-eared Myotis

by Lewis Young At first glance, this bat is similar to several other small bats in Montana, but the name is a giveaway for a prominent feature that helps distinguish it. The ears are very large and long compared to the body size and extend 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) or more beyond the nose when gently laid forward. The ears themselves are more than 21 mm long (0.8 inches). The...

Three new species spotted at Owen Sowerwine Natural Area

by Linda Winnie Three new species were recently added to the OSNA Bird List. Jake Bramante found a Barred Owl near the southwest part of OSNA on Christmas day, about 50 feet outside the west boundary. Then a week later, on New Year’s day, he spotted a Pacific Wren just south of the OSNA border. Both species are marked with an * on the list, indicating they were “seen adjacent...

February 2019 Program

Return of the Wolf to Montana presented byDianne Boyd UPDATE - Meeting has been rescheduled due to the weather. (See details below) Renowned wolf biologist Diane Boyd will present a program on the status of the wolf recovery program at the February 11, 2019 Flathead Audubon program on Thursday, March 7th from 7-9 PM at the Gateway Center, Room 26 in Kalispell. (Park in the northwest parking lot -across the street from the...

Study Finds Mountain Birds Are on an Escalator to Extinction

Warming temperatures forcing an upward shift from Cornell Lab of Ornithology Warmer temperatures are pushing mountain-dwelling birds ever higher as they try to stay in their comfort zone. That's the conclusion of a group of scientists who retraced the steps of a 1985 expedition in the Peruvian Andes and documented how birds had shifted in the intervening 30 years. The new study also shows that species that were already living...