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Tue
02
May2017

SWAN RIVER NATURE TRAIL STROLL WITH ANNE MORLEY

Stroll every Tuesday in May

From 10 am

Meet at Showthyme in Bigfork

FREE

Enjoy a morning spring stroll every Tuesday in May.  Meet Anne in Bigfork at 10 am at Showthyme  Restaurant  by the bench between the Playhouse and Showthyme. It is a fun morning adventure filled with native plant information and many opportunities to ID birds, so be sure to bring binoculars! For more information contact Anne at 406-886-2242. 

Thu
25
May2017

Pablo

CELEBRATING MIGRATORY BIRDS AT THE COMMUNITY BIRD FESTIVAL IN PABLO AND BIRDING NINEPIPES AREA

Birding the Ninepipes area and attending the Community Bird Festival

From 11 am until 6 pm

Ninepipes area

Pablo

FREE

Join Flathead Audubon on Thursday, May 25, 11 AM to 6 PM for a day of birding and celebrating. The group will meet at the Harry Horn Parking Area in Wayfarer's Park (by the new FWP park office), Bigfork and carpool to the Ninepipes area in search of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, nesting owls and hawks. Most of the day will be spent birding then we will make a stop at the 5th annual Community Bird Festival which begins at 4 PM, sponsored by the Salish Kootenai College and CSKT Natural Resource Dept. This is a family- oriented event to celebrate migratory birds and bring the community together. Many interesting displays, live birds and native culture make for a great learning experience as well as an entertaining celebration of birds. All ages will enjoy the experience and kids are encouraged to join. Refreshments are served at this event but please bring what you might need for lunch.

To sign up or for questions, contact Kathy Ross at mtkat67@gmail.com or call 406-837-3837.

Thu
25
May2017

CELEBRATING MIGRATORY BIRDS AT THE COMMUNITY BIRD FESTIVAL IN PABLO AND BIRDING NINEPIPES AREA

Attend the Community Bird Festival

From 11 am until 6 pm

Pablo

FREE

We will meet at the Harry Horn Parking Area in Wayfarer's Park (by the new FWP park office), Bigfork on Thursday, May 25, 11am to 6pm. From there we will carpool to the Ninepipes area south of Ronan in search of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, nesting owls and hawks. Most of the day will be spent birding. Then we make a stop at the 5th annual Community Bird Festival which begins at 4pm, sponsored by the Salish Kootenai College and CSKT Natural Resource Dept. This is a family oriented event to celebrate migratory birds and bring the community together. Many interesting displays, live birds and native culture make for a great learning experience as well as an entertaining celebration of birds. All ages will enjoy the experience and kids are encouraged to join. Refreshments are served at this event but please bring what you might need for lunch. Trip is limited to 12 people. To sign up or have questions, contact Kathy Ross at mtkat67@gmail.com or call 406-837-3837.

Sun
04
Jun2017

Marion, MT

LOST TRAIL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Tour the Lost Trail NWR

From 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge

Marion, MT

FREE

  Join refuge wildlife biologist Beverly Skinner and tour the incredible wetlands and grasslands of this hidden jewel west of Kalispell. See restored Dahl Lake with nesting Trumpeter Swans and an abundance of shorebirds and waterfowl species. We will also spend time looking for bird species associated with Palouse prairie, riparian/wetland, and larch/pine forest habitats of the 9,000+ acre Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Marion, MT. We will drive and walk along some of the refuge’s closed roads with short hikes to the best viewing sites. Meet at the Lost Trail Refuge Headquarters (about 45 miles northwest of Kalispell) between 8:15-8:30 AM. For location and more information about the refuge, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/lost_trail/. To sign up for the field trip or get more information about the trip contact Beverly at 406-858-2286 or beverly_skinner@fws.gov

Tue
06
Jun2017

EXPLORE THE BIRD DIVERSITY IN THE LUBEC-COONSA CREEK AREA OF GLACIER NP

From 7 am until 1 pm

Glacier National Park

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gniadek and explore the Lubec area of Glacier National Park on Tuesday June 6, from 7 AM to 1 PM. Meet at 7 AM at the Columbia Heights Park and Ride. Trip is limited to 15 people. Contact Steve at 892-7406 to sign-up.

Thu
15
Jun2017

WARBLER WEEKEND AT TALLY LAKE

Camp out with Flathead Audubon

Tally Lake Campground

FREE and open to the public

 Come join FAS at the Tally Lake Campground Thursday through Saturday, June 15-17 for an extraordinary two days of birding and relaxing. The pavilion campsite at the campground has been reserved for us. We will be focusing on bird identification, birding by ear, and photography. This is an ideal time of year to find a wide variety of migrant and resident birds; most notable is that all of the warbler species which can be found in NW Montana are found here. Several of our expert birders will be available to lead us around the campground. Plenty of other activities can be enjoyed at Tally Lake as well. There is a covered pavilion for rainy weather. We would like to have an optional potluck meal Friday evening around 6 PM. Please bring something to share if you want to join in. All other meals are up to you. Someone will show up Thursday afternoon to get a fire going, scout the area and start creating a bird list. Please bring FIREWOOD if you have it, or tools to harvest it from the woods. Cost of camping is FREE, courtesy of FAS. Just tell them at the gate that you are with Flathead Audubon at the pavilion. Contact Jill or Mike Fanning at 862-8070 or shrdlu@centurytel.net if you have questions about this outstanding adventure into the world of birds. Join FAS at the Tally Lake Campground for an extraordinary 2 days of birding and relaxing. All the warbler species of NW Montana can usually be found here. Camping fees paid by FAS

Mon
19
Jun2017

Yellow Bay

TOUR THE FLATHEAD LAKE BIOLOGICAL STATION WITH DOUG MACCARTER AND TOM BANSAK

Tour the world-renowned Flathead Biological Station

From 10am until 12:30 pm

Flathead Lake Biological Station

Yellow Bay

FREE

Tour the Flathead Biological Station on Monday, June 19, 2017, 10 AM to 12:30 PM. FLBS is one of the oldest active biological field stations in the country, established in 1899, by Dr. Morton J. Elrod. This is an incredible opportunity to experience in the lab and on their Flathead lake research boat, how this dynamic facility operates. To date it is one the finest freshwater research facilities in the country as well as having one of the best long term ecological and water quality records in the world. Meet at the visitor parking area at Yellow Bay Station on the east shore of Flathead Lake promptly at 10 AM. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Trip is limited to 15 people, so please contact Doug at 602-633-8611 to sign up.

Sat
24
Jun2017

BORDING ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF GLACIER NP AND SOME EASTSIDE SPECIALTIES

Explore the East side of Glacier

From 7 am until 6 pm

East Side of Glacier National Park

FREE

We’ll being hitting a variety of habitats on Saturday, June 24, from 7am-6pm as we drive Hwy 2 to East Glacier. Then we’ll look for some east-side birds such as McCown’s and Chestnut Longspur, Loggerhead Shrike, and Ferruginous Hawk. Meet at the Columbia Heights Park-n-ride at 7am. Trip is limited to 15 participants. Contact Paul Rossi at 406-253-7193 to sign-up.

Fri
28
Jul2017

GOING BATTY!

Capture bats for closer inspection

From 8:30 pm until 11:00 pm

FREE

 This cooperative trip between Flathead Audubon and MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks will go to a site with known bat activity where electronic equipment will be used to detect the ultrasonic calls of bats flying overhead, and mist nets will be used to capture bats for closer inspection. Wildlife biologists Lewis Young, Lisa Bate, and Chris Hammond will demonstrate the equipment, handle bats captured in mist nets, and talk about the amazing adaptations bats have for navigating, catching food, and hibernating. Participants will not be allowed to touch or handle bats. Headlamps or flashlights are necessary and come with suitable clothing for the evening temperatures as the day cools. Trip is limited to 25 participants. To sign up contact Kathy Ross at 837-3837 or mkat67@gmail.com.

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