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Loons on Van Lake, Swan Valley - Photo Credit: Jessica Curry

Loons and Lead – You can help!

Here in northwest Montana we are fortunate to have both a population of common loons and good fishing in many lakes that support loons. Unfortunately, the lead sinkers and jigs often used for fishing pose a significant threat to loons. Loons often swallow fishing tackle and lead is toxic to loons. One lead sinker can […]

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Bat in Hand -Photo Credit:  Lynda Young

Wind Turbine Blades Could Decimate North America’s Most Widespread Bat Species

From Bat Conservation International Thousands of spinning wind turbine blades may be threatening the survival of one of North America’s most widespread migratory bats, says a study published recently in Biological Conservation. While scientists and the wind industry have known for more than a decade that wind turbines kill bats, the research is the first […]

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Black Bear - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Time To Prepare For The Bears

From MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana’s hibernating black bears and grizzly bears will soon be stirring. Adult males usually emerge first from winter dens in mid-March. When bears emerge from their dens, they are physically depleted and food is a priority. Bears are often tempted to go where raccoons and domestic dogs are getting […]

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Information Kiosk in Owen Sowerwine Natural Area Photo Credit: Linda Winnie

2017 OSNA Volunteer Monitoring Season Starts this Month

Can you help? From Linda Winnie, Co-Chair, Owen Sowerwine Committee Flathead Audubon’s OSNA Volunteer Monitoring Program starts its 11th year in March. This Program provides the on-site information that underpins our management of the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area. Reports from Volunteer Monitors keep our OSNA On-the-Ground Manager up to date on maintenance needs at Owen […]

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Aquatic Invasive Species - Photo Credit: FWP

FWP Seeks Comment on Aquatic Invasive Species

As well described at the February FAS program, Montana’s waters are at high risk from aquatic invasive species such as the non-native mussels found last summer in eastern Montana. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of […]

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