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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."
Three Snowy Owls on roof Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Special rescheduling of February's general meeting!!

Weather knocked us down, but not out! We're doing a special bonus meeting on March 7th to hear our very own Dianne Boyd talk about her wolf research. Click here for the updated announcement to make sure you know exactly where to go for the meeting as it's not in our normal meeting room.

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!!

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...

Volunteers Needed for OSNA Monitoring Project – 2019

2019 OSNA Volunteer Monitoring begins this month! from Linda Winnie, Co-Chair, Owen Sowerwine Committee Reports from Volunteer Monitors underpin Flathead Audubon’s management of OSNA. The reports give our OSNA On-the-Ground Manager up-to-date information on maintenance needs at Owen Sowerwine. They provide observational data that feeds into our records of what birds and wildlife and native vegetation are present at Owen Sowerwine. In addition, Volunteer Monitors relay feedback from OSNA visitors and...

March 2019 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from February 18th, 2019 Board Meeting  Both Hawk Watch and the Education Committee will be wrapping up work and reports for 2018; after which the planning for the 2019 seasons will continue in earnest.Denny Olson, joined by Flathead Land Trust and Montana FWP, is proceeding on work to create Sandhill Crane and Osprey education trunks and a school field trip program to utilize the West Valley Viewing and Own...


by Cory Davis It’s pronounced “bob uh link.” Although, you could use one of its several other names including skunk blackbird, ricebird or reedbird. Their genus, Dolichonyx, means “long claw” and the species name, oryzivorus, means “rice eating.” It does have relatively long claws for a songbird, which are used for grasping reeds and grasses. Of course, it’s also known as the bird in the backwards tuxedo with the golden...

Montana Audubon 2019 Legislative Update – we are almost half-way through!

by Amy Seamon We made it! The first month and a half of the 2019 legislative session just flew by! We have been in the halls of the capital every day talking to legislators, and our efforts have been reflected: we have testified on 32 bills (supporting 18 and opposing 14), hosted an MSU class for a small lobby day, worked with legislators to amend a few bills, and contributed...

Glacier National Park Christmas Bird Count 2018 Results

by Lisa Bate Glacier National Park (GNP) held its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Thirty participants contributed to this event by covering 10 different routes in Glacier and 1 bird feeder in West Glacier. Participants spent the day counting all bird species and individuals detected. The weather was unusually mild for a winter bird count in Glacier with temperatures just below freezing, little to no...

March 2019 Program

Interpretation of Birds what they can tell us about the natural world presented byJim Robbins The Flathead Audubon Society will present Helena author Jim Robbins on March 11, 2019. His book, The Wonder of Birds, was the Montana Book Award winner for 2018. He'll talk about the bird-human relationship and how we can creatively interpret birds to tell us more about the natural world. The meeting will be at 7:00...

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...