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Snowy Owl buffetting wind Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Another Blizzard of Snowy Owls Could Be Coming

Four years ago, thousands of Snowy Owls stormed the northern United States, taking up posts in surroundings drastically different from the flat Arctic tundra over which they typically preside. They were part of the largest Snowy Owl irruption, or influx of a species into a place they don’t usually live, the U.S. has seen since […]

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Black-capped Chickadee - Photo Credit:FWP

Northwest Montana Christmas Bird Counts – 2017

To participate in a Christmas Bird Count, contact the listed person. Count Date Contact Information Bigfork Saturday, Dec 16 Craig Hohenberger,  asoleado2003@yahoo.com   406-890-1629 Upper Swan Saturday, Dec 16 Luke Lamar, luke@svconnections.org, 406-754-3137 or 406-754-2965 Libby Saturday, Dec 16 Gene Reckin, gnreckin@gmail.com, Home: 406-293-9344 or Cell: 406-291-8482 Eureka Saturday, Dec 16 Lewis & Lynda Young,  llyoung@interbel.net, […]

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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.

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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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Wood Sandpiper - Photo Credit: Shantanu Kuveskar

Rare Birds Observed in Montana

The Montana Bird Records Committee (MBRC) recently accepted a new rare bird for Montana: the Wood Sandpiper. To quote the minutes of the meeting: “[h]ighlights in 2017 included the state’s 1st record for Wood Sandpiper (one of only a small number of inland North American records), the 3rd record for Mississippi Kite, and the 2nd […]

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Boat tour on Flathead Lake - Photo Credit: Doug MacCarter

Spring/Summer 2017 Field Trips Recap

by Cory Davis and Kathy Ross It was another full and exciting spring and summer for birdwatching in the Flathead Valley. We had a lot of fun, observed some excellent birds (lifers anyone?), and saw some beautiful country. Thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated field trip leaders! Earth Day 2017, April 22: […]

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