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Short-eared Owl Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Short-eared Owl Monitoring – Volunteers Needed

The Owl Research Institute is embarking on a 3-year collaborative study to monitor Short-eared Owl populations in the western U.S. The study will rely on volunteers to make it a success. Project WAFLS (Western Asio flammeus Landscape Study), involves 15 other agencies and organizations across 8 states and is designed to assess the population status, […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker on Fire-killed Tree - Photo Credit: Audubon

FireSafe Flathead

by Ali Ulwelling Rick Trembath’s presentation at last month’s general meeting blended his interest in wildfires and birds, so we’d like to follow up with more information about a local FireSafe Flathead group and tips on how to prepare for our next inevitable wildfire season. Our Flathead area is covered in forests that have evolved […]

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Northern Goshawk juvenile - Photo Credit: BJ Worth

Jewel Basin 2017 – Anything but Average

by Dan Casey The 10th annual hawk migration survey at the Jewel Basin got off to a roaring start; we recorded birds at record rates from late August through Sept. 22nd. But just as we hit our usual peak season, the snows started to fall. As much as we welcomed the early season snow following […]

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Lewis getting ready to saw - Photo Credit: Denny Olson

OSNA Workday Successful

by Linda Winnie In spite of a “100% Rain” forecast, 12 volunteers showed up for work at 9 AM at the Kalispell Montessori School for the 16th annual OSNA Fall  – Workday, held Saturday, September 30, 2017. It turned out to be a beautiful fall morning – no rain, partly cloudy, cool temperatures – a […]

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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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