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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

Owen-Sowerwine Natural Area Fall Workday!

Come join us clear brush, removed weeds, and generally take care of the Owen-Sowerwine Natural Area (OSNA) under our stewardship on (rescheduled) October 5th. If you've not been to OSNA, this would be a great time to check it out and help it out! More details on the event page.

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!!

When It’s Okay (or Not) to Feed Birds

adapted from National Audubon Whether we identify as birders or photographers or both, we are always looking for ways to get closer to birds, or to bring them closer to us. Offering food is an easy way to do that. But knowing what kind of food is okay to supply, and when, and where, can be confusing. So how do we make sense of it all? For guidance, ask yourself...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – October 2019

By Denny Olson We are social animals, and our ‘kind’ – the pack (or village) animals (wolves, chimpanzees, gorillas, orcas, etc.) -- are almost desperate to know where they fit in their social environment. Of course, social animals receive conformity messages from the pack or herd or club. But in most cases, there is still a specific (and appreciated) niche that individuals fill. The balance between conformity to social rules...

Birds of Prey Festival Report

by Denny Olson On September 14th, our crew did it again! The weather was great, as always, Lone Pine staff had the venue set, and from the time I led 12 rookie birders on a how-to-use-binoculars-and-spot-birds-field trip at 7:30 AM until our 1 PM closing, another 800 citizens had walked into our venue and learned, learned, learned!  Special thanks go out to our presenters – Park Ranger Derrick, Montana Bird...

Glacier National Park Fall Raptor Migration Study

Public invited to participate in Hawk Watch raptor migration count during September and October  Each year Golden Eagles and other raptors migrate from northern breeding grounds to warmer climates. One of the most important North American Golden Eagle migration routes passes directly through Glacier National Park along the Continental Divide. Volunteers can choose specific dates in September and October to hike approximately 4.5 miles up the Mount Brown trail (roughly...

October 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the September 2nd Board Meeting We had a chance to meet Kat Petersen, who will be serving as a primary observer for Hawk Watch for 30 days this fall.  Welcome Kat.President Gael Bissell would be interested in partnering with an FAS member who could assist her in writing acknowledgement and thank you cards. If interested, see Gael.Kay Mitchell and Rod Wallette are working on a Conservation District grant...

Yellow-headed Blackbird

By Ellen Horowitz Few birds have names descriptive of their appearance, but the Yellow-headed Blackbird is one that wears its name boldly. Acquaintance with yellow-heads, as they are commonly called, provides a visual treat, an audio surprise and an introduction to the world of the marsh. Yellow-headed Blackbirds breed throughout western North America, from British Columbia to southwest Ontario, the Great Lakes through the Great Plains to the west coast...

Waterfowl Wednesdays

Ever wonder what that duck is floating out in a pond? Join Jake Bramante for Waterfowl Wednesdays through the month of October. We’ll be meeting at the Park and Ride at the corner of Hwy 93 and Hwy 82 (near the old White Oak) every Wednesday from 4-5:30pm through the month of October (weather permitting). Come and learn how to tell the differences between common waterfowl that migrate through the...

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2019 Underway

by Kat Petersen and Dan Casey Monday September 16th was our 20th survey of the 2019 hawk migration season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch northeast of Bigfork, and the second consecutive day with more than 100 birds counted, as the migration is picking up! Daily totals otherwise have been a bit lower than previous years due to foul weather, although our season totals of 740 birds over 20 surveys...

October 2019 Program

Restoring Montana’s Rivers presented by Ryan Richardson Ryan Richardson, a Fluvial Geomorphologist with River Design Group will be the guest speaker at the Flathead Audubon Monday, October 14 meeting. Montana is known for its amazing clean clear rivers, especially here in the Flathead. But what can be done for rivers impacted by human activities? River Design Group, a small local business, has been tackling this question across the state for...

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...