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Sage Grouse - Photo Credit: FWS

Sage Grouse Plans Under Attack

Once numbering in the millions, the Greater Sage-Grouse has declined precipitously across its range due to widespread habitat destruction. Montana is included in these steep declines. To help prevent this iconic bird from becoming endangered, many stakeholders—states, ranchers, conservationists, industry, scientists, and federal agencies—collaboratively developed a balanced conservation plan to protect 67 million acres of […]

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Sandhill Crane - Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Good News from the Western Front!

by Kay Mitchell The Flathead Land Trust has met its goal in raising 100% of the required $150,000 non-federal match of the $1.4 million project that will permanently protect the West Valley Pond site. The Pond and surrounding farmland provide rich habitat for a very large variety of birds and other wildlife that we all love […]

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Janet Ellis - Photo Credit: MT Audubon

Janet Ellis Receives Conservation Achievement Recognition

by Gael Bissell and Linda Winnie In the October 2017 general meeting, Flathead Audubon Society presented our Conservation Achievement Recognition to Janet Ellis for her career-long dedication to wildlife and habitat conservation in Montana and her contributions to conservation in the Flathead Valley. Janet began her conservation career in 1981 as an intern lobbyist in […]

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Steve Thompson Receives Conservation Achievement Recognition

The Flathead Audubon Society will present Steve Thompson of Whitefish with their Conservation Achievement Recognition at the September meeting. Steve has had an impressive impact on Montana conservation issues since he arrived in Northwest Montana in 1991. Although Steve readily admits he doesn’t do well as a “cog in a bureaucracy”, he does recognize the […]

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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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