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116 Holt Drive, Bigfork


From 8 am until 5 pm

Meet at the Flathead Brewing Parking Lot

116 Holt Drive, Bigfork

FREE and open to the public

Bigfork CBC
The 44th annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, December 16th. First
established in 1974, the Bigfork count circle is centered at the “Little Brown Church” north of Bigfork,
and includes >30 miles of the Swan and Flathead Rivers, the north end of Flathead Lake, and many
varied upland habitats. We became the first count in the state to report 90 species (in 2011), and always
find a diverse and surprising mix of birds, with nearly 150 species over the history of the count. This count
typically depends on veteran group leaders to scour their usual areas, and we are always looking for additional
participants. We will begin preparation for the count at the December 11th general meeting, and finalize
most of the groups before the count day. Also, there will be a gathering at 8 AM on count morning at
the Flathead Brewing Company parking lot at 116 Holt Drive, Bigfork, to make any last minute arrangements
and will gather again at 5 PM to review the group’s results. Contact Craig at asoleado2003@yahoo.com
or 406-890-1629.


1390 Highway 2 East


Kalispell area will be divided up for the annual bird count

From 7 am

Meet a Perkins Restaurant

1390 Highway 2 East

Free and open to the public

Kalispell CBC
The 19th annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count will be on Sunday, December 31st and will be centered at Reserve and Highway 93. The 15 mile diameter count circle includes Evergreen, much of the Flathead River corridor including the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, Happy Valley, Herron Park, and the Kuhn’s Wildlife Area. This count has proven to be a popular New Year’s tradition. It is “young” enough that we still have much to discover and yet  “urban” enough to include the homes, bird feeders, and favorite birding spots of many of our members!
The count will begin with a group breakfast at 7:00 AM, at Perkin’s Restaurant at 1390 Highway 2 East in Kalispell. Circle segments and field teams  will be assigned for the day’s efforts. If you are interested in participating, please sign up and leave your contact information at the Flathead Audubon December general meeting on Monday, December 11, or contact Pete Fisher at pfisher@krmc.org or 406-250-9624.

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