To participate in a Christmas Bird Count, contact the listed person.
|Bigfork||Saturday, Dec 16||Craig Hohenberger, firstname.lastname@example.org 406-890-1629|
|Upper Swan||Saturday, Dec 16||Luke Lamar, email@example.com, 406-754-3137 or 406-754-2965|
|Libby||Saturday, Dec 16||Gene Reckin, firstname.lastname@example.org, Home: 406-293-9344 or Cell: 406-291-8482|
|Eureka||Saturday, Dec 16||Lewis & Lynda Young, email@example.com, 406-889-3492 or Ellen Sullivan, 406-889-3983|
|Glacier National Park||Sunday, Dec 17||Compiler/Contact: Lisa Bate, Lisa_Bate@nps.gov 406-888-7833|
|Ninepipe||TBA—call Brian||Brian Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org 406-721-1467|
|Troy||Saturday, Dec 30||Donald Jones email@example.com 406-295-4291|
|Kalispell||Sunday, Dec 31||Pete Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org 406 250-9624|
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 email@example.com or 406-890-1629.
The 19th annual Kalispell count will be on Sunday, December 31st. Centered at Reserve and Highway 93, the 15-mi 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. This count is “young” enough that we still have much to discover. And yet it is “urban” enough to include the homes, bird feeders, and favorite birding spots of many of our members! Our traditional start to this count is a group breakfast at 7:00 AM; this year we will meet at Perkin’s Restaurant at 1390 Highway 2 East in Kalispell. It is here that we will finish assigning circle segments and field teams for the day’s efforts. If you are interested in participating, please sign up and leave your contact information at the December general meeting, or contact Pete Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-250-9624