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Four Conservation Issues Where Montana Audubon is Making a Difference

Join Montana Audubon’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Janet Ellis, on Monday, October 9 at 7 pm at the United Way Gateway West Meeting Room.  Janet will talk about four issues that Montana’s Audubon’s policy program is working on: the Montana Legislature: upcoming issues and hot topics; the state’s sage-grouse conservation program; wind farms, siting and birds—assessing the impacts; and an update on the proposal by the Lake County Conservation District to have the state of Montana take over management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. Four stories, each told in 10 minutes. Questions will be welcome! The meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information, go to www.flatheadaudubon.org.

Janet Ellis has coordinated Montana Audubon’s public policy and legislative work on behalf of Montana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat since 1983.  She became Montana Audubon’s first staff person when its office opened in 1989.  Janet has received several awards for her work, including “Conservationist of the Year” from the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Montana Audubon; a 2016 “Lifetime Award for Conservation and Clean Energy Achievement” from the National Wildlife Federation; and a “Special Achievement Award” from the Montana Native Plant Society.  She holds a degree in biology from the University of Montana. In 2014, Janet began a new adventure by running for elected office: she now serves in the Montana Legislature as a Representative of HD 81 during legislative sessions

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Owen Sowerwine Work Day

The long-awaited 2017 annual workday for the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area is scheduled for
 Saturday, 30 September. Meet at the Montessori School on Willow Glen Drive at 9 AM to carpool to OSNA. 
to OSNA. There are a few of the usual projects that need to be tackled –some trails cleared and mowed,
some old fencing removed, and, of course, as always weeds to be addressed. Many hands make light work,
so please come with work gloves and wearing old clothes appropriate for the weather. More information will be in the October Pileated Post. This should be a fun and quick day. 

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Flathead Audubon and Lone Pine State Park will host the 11th annual Raptor Day celebration on Saturday, 16 from 7:30 am until 4 pm. The day begins with bird hikes at 7:30 AM, with exhibits, booths and programs beginning at 9:30 AM. US Forest Service, Glacier National Park, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Montana Audubon and many other organizations will be there with fun activities.

Outdoor Educational Booths and Fun Activities run from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  They include eagle and owl face painting, bird arts, crafts and activities for the whole family.

Family Education / Entertainment Programs:

10:00 AM   “Glacier’s Mystery Bird”  Montana Audubon’s Amy Seaman shares her backcountry adventures searching for the elusive Black Swift.

11:00 AM   “Bird Brains”  The oddball Professor Avian Guano shares some amazing stories about bird intelligence.

12:00 PM   “The Montana Bird Lady”  Kari Gabriel with LIVE HAWKS (and a tiny Saw-whet Owl).

1:00 PM   “Bird Stress and Survival”  Dr. Creagh Bruener from the University of Montana shares her research about how birds cope in a changing world.

From 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM Flathead Audubon will offer Hawk Watch Volunteer Training, a video-based orientation training for those who would like to help with counting hundreds of migrating hawks and eagles this fall. The training is for those with some birding skills and interests, and are able to hike to the Mt. Aeneas Ridge above the Flathead Valley.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is available for purchase.




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 Join the Flathead Audubon Society on Saturday, September 23, 8 AM-5PM. This is a follow-up field trip opportunity for those planning to attend the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch training at Lone Pine State Park on Sept.
16th as well as anyone who is interested in seeing migrating fall raptors. The hike to the Hawk Watch site will take approximately 2 hours and is uphill at a moderately strenuous pace. We’ll plan to be back at the trail head by 4 PM and the school by 5 PM. Weather can affect the field trip so dress accordingly. The temperature and winds can make the “feels like” temperature 20-30 degrees colder at the ridge than in the valley. This trip is limited to 9 people. If you’re interested in participating please call or email Cory Davis (406-257-3166, piranga99@gmail.com)

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