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December 2017 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from November 6, 2017 Board Meeting

  • Appointed Jake Bramante ‘poet laureate of Flathead Audubon’ in recognition of his calendar poem in the November Pileated Post
  • Approved sending an end of the year appeal letter to Flathead Audubon members, with a challenge donation from the Board. Last year’s letter raised over $2000
  • A calendar sales event will be held at Kalispell’s Sportsman and Ski House, December 9, 10 AM-2 PM, headed up by Gael Bissell , with board members helping.
  • A short video about National Audubon’s Sage Grouse Initiative will be put on the FAS website, with an article encouraging individuals to support this effort
  • Board selected next 3 Conservation Achievement Recognition recipients

More Toilet Vent Screens Installed

During  spring and summer 2017, the Swan Lake Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest installed 10 toilet vent screens donated by Flathead Audubon. The screens prevent birds and bats from going down the vents and becoming fatally trapped.

 

SHOP WITH THE BIRDS

Presented by Sportsman Ski Haus and Flathead Audubon

Saturday, December 9, 10 AM until 2 PM

FREE and open to the public

Come see live owls and hawks courtesy of Kari Gabriel, the Montana Bird Lady. Professor Avian Guano will be on hand to provide interesting bird facts and stories. The new Glacier Country Phenology Calendars will be on sale. They make a great Christmas gift and provide important funds for the Flathead Audubon Education Program.

Science on Tap – Flathead

Diane Boyd will present “It’s the Journey and the Destination: Wolves in Montana” December 5, 6 PM, at the Flathead Lake Brewing Company.

Dr. Boyd is a Wolf Management Specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Region 1. She has worked with wild wolves for 40 years, conducting wolf research in Northern Minnesota, Isle Royale, Ellesmere Island, Montana, British Columbia, Alberta, Romania, Arizona, and New Mexico. Boyd is best known locally as the wolf biologist who monitored the return of wolves to the North Fork in the late 70’s and early 80’s. For more information visit www.scienceontapflathead.org/.

THANKS FOR DONATING BINOCULARS!

We took binoculars donated by FAS members to Honduras with us and donated them to an orphanage school along with the birds beyond borders curriculum in both English and Spanish. They were very well received and we can send more with a teacher from the school who will be visiting this winter. If you happen to have binoculars sitting around that are no longer being used and would like to find a very useful home for them please contact Frank and Linda de Kort, 755-3704. We can pick them up or meet you at the December FAS meeting.

LOST YOUR COAT?

A gold coat and matching hat were left at October’s general meeting. If these are yours, please contact Lois Drobish at 756-7405 to further identify.

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