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Sat
24
Mar2018

ANNUAL SNOW GEESE MIGRATION AT FREEZEOUT LAKE

View the incredible snow geese migration at Freezeout Lake

From 10 am on Saturday until return on Sunday

Freezeout Lake near Choteau

free and open to the public

 The Snow Geese are moving from their California wintering grounds to their arctic nesting areas along with thousands of other waterfowl.  There is nothing like Snow Geese and the Rocky Mountains at the same time and place. The place is Freezout Lake near Choteau; the time is the annual Flathead Audubon field trip on March 24-25, 2018. We will meet on Saturday morning at 10 AM, caravan/carpool to Choteau and arrive in time for the afternoon “fly-out.”  After spending a night in Choteau, we will head back out just before daybreak to watch the “mass ascension” of geese from the ponds of Freezout. After the morning’s birding, we, too, will head home in the early afternoon arriving in Kalispell around 5 PM on Sunday. Bob Lee will provide a suggested schedule and route, and will be in the front of the group.  Participants may choose to pursue the geese on their own as much or as little as they, the weather and the birds allow.  Please make your own arrangements for lodging; primitive camping is available at Freezout WMA.  Motel options include the Stage Stop (406-466-5900), Gunther (406-466-5444) and Big Sky (406-466-5318).  Make your reservations early as these hotels will likely fill up. For more information, including the meeting location, contact Bob Lee at 270-0371 or RML3@centurytel.net. 

 

 

 

 

Sat
31
Mar2018

Willow Glen Drive in Kalispell

WINTER/SPRING ECOLOGY OF THE OWEN SOWERWINE NATURAL AREA

Learn about animal tracks and find birds in the OSA

From 9 am to 3 pm

Owen Sowerwine Natural Area

Willow Glen Drive in Kalispell

FREE and open to the public

 Come with us for a magical mystery tour of one of the most unique areas in the Flathead Valley on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 9AM-3PM.  Our guide will be Brian Baxter, forester and wildlife researcher, who has taught outdoor educational programs for over 16 years. We’ll begin with a 1-hour classroom session to view and discuss the slide presentation “The Essence of Animal Tracking.” Then we’ll walk into Owen Sowerwine to visit its wetlands, and study the wildlife, vegetation, and predator/prey relationships that give this area its special flavor. As we quietly enter along the southern trails, we will search for and identify the track patterns and sign of the weasel family, muskrat, beaver, and water loving birds such as Great Blue Heron and American Dipper. All the while, we will scope for birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and songbirds. Come prepared for the day, with proper layers, lunch, water, binoculars, spotting scope, bird books, and waterproof boots or snowshoes as conditions require. Trip is limited to 15 participants. To sign up and get the meeting location contact Brian Baxter at b_baxter53@yahoo.com or 406-291-2154. 

Sat
21
Apr2018

WATERFOWL AT THE WEST VALLEY PONDS

View the spring waterfowl migration at area ponds

From 9 am until Noon

West Valley Ponds

FREE and open to the public

Join us as we visit several ponds in the West Valley area during waterfowl migration. We should see many of the Valley’s waterfowl and shorebirds. Be prepared for any kind of weather, including footwear for walking on muddy roads. Depending on road conditions, we may need to walk a short distance (<1/4 mile) to viewing areas. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have one.  Limited to 25 people. Meeting place information will be confirmed when you contact Cory Davis.

There are 25 places available.

Sat
19
May2018

SPRING ARRIVALS IN THE SMITH LAKE AREA

Look for spring arrivals of birds in the Smith Lake area

From 8 am until Noon

Smith Lake

FREE and open to the public

Join us for a spring morning of birding west of Kalispell. We’ll drive Smith Lake Road looking for recently arrived sparrows, orioles, warblers, and other breeding migrants and then make our way to Smith Lake to look for waterfowl and wetland species. We should have a good diversity of habitats and species! Bring binocs and scopes and appropriate weather gear. To RSVP contact Cory Davis at 406-471-3314, or piranga99@gmail.com. Limited to 20 people. Meeting place will be confirmed once you have contacted Cory and reserved your space.

There are 20 places available.

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