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We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Hooded Merganser at sunset Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Summer is for getting out and birding!

We hope that you're taking your binoculars out and finding our lovely, winged friends. We have many trips planned throughout the summer. Visit our Activities & Field Trips page to find out where we're heading next!

Have you put up a clever solution for feeding birds?

We're always on the lookout for new and clever ways to feed our birds. If you have something to share, head over to our Feeder Ideas page and submit! Submissions may be featured in future FAS presentations and newsletters.

The new version 6.0 of "Bird Songs of Western Montana" has landed!

Bruce Tannehill has been hard at work updating the wonderful Bird Songs of Western Montana. Birds have local "dialects" so this is an invaluable resource for those working on birding by ear in our local habitats. You can pick one up here in our online shop!

Catch all of the Latest News here!!

MacGillivray’s Warbler

by Jeannie Marcure Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to start watching for some of our most colorful and elusive summer residents. Warblers (and colorful birds in general) have long been favorites of mine but until recently my sightings have been rare and mostly limited to the Tally Lake Campground area. Our home is in Shelter Valley south of Kalispell and when we bought the land 17 years...

May 2018 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from April 2, 2018 Board Meeting The May business meeting will be short.  We will elect officers and new board members and vote to revise the Constitution/Bylaws. Beauty of Birds class has been cancelled for this year. The board authorized printing 1000 revised FAS brochures.  They will be available at the Montana Bird Festival in June. Renee Cordes has joined the Education Committee.  Birds of Prey Festival—Save the Date!...

May 2018 Program

Montana Audubon—Birds and Beyond presented by Larry Berrin Join us Monday, May 14, 7-9 PM at the Whitefish Community Center, 121 Second Street, Whitefish for a program about Montana Audubon. Join Larry Berrin, the new Executive Director, as he shares with you what the future will look like for Montana Audubon with the launching of the three-year strategic plan. Learn about innovative projects focused on expanding the organization’s reach state-wide...

Education Committee News – April 2018

by Gail Shay Linne, Education Chair The FAS Education Committee welcomes Flathead High School science teacher Renee Cordes to serve on our committee. Renee’s expertise and contact with educators along with her commitment to educating youth will enrich our committee’s work. Thanks, Renee for joining us. Our committee met March 5 to evaluate the 2017-18 portion of the five-year Strategic Plan. We will move to the planning stage for the...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – April 2018

The Value of Solitude by Denny Olson “Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.” - Paul Tillich We are a social species, and for good reasons. Feeling part of a community leads to healthier immune systems and disease survival,...

THANKS Andrew Beltz and Forestoration, Inc.

by Linda Winnie A big THANK YOU to Andrew Beltz and Forestoration, Inc., Whitefish, for helping members of the Owen Sowerwine Committee put together a grant proposal to fund weed management at OSNA for the next two years. Andrew’s expertise, thoroughness, and collaborative skills, were crucial to the project. Forestoration generously gave Flathead Audubon a reduced hourly rate on the many hours Andrew put into the project, and in addition,...

Time To Prepare For The Bears

from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana's hibernating black bears and grizzly bears are 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 into garbage. If these animals are already causing problems nearby, consider it an early warning that food...

Montana Audubon Conservation Update – March

by Amy Seaman, Conservation Program Manager Just March lay between us and many of our favorite birds returning to Montana, including Long-Billed Curlews. Hard to believe!  Montana Audubon’s bird conservation efforts this month focused on meetings and planning, the necessary groundwork for a successful spring and summer. Montana Wildlife Federation’s Nick Gevock and I led a communications workshop titled "Effective Advocacy for Conservation - Communication and Lobbying for Wildlife" at...

Wings Across the Big Sky is coming to Kalispell in June!

June 8-10, 2018 Kalispell, Montana Red Lion Hotel The annual Montana Audubon Bird Festival is fast approaching! Please register early by mailing the form included in the registration brochure or by visiting www.mtaudubon.org. If registering online, please only choose one field trip per day as the system will not allow you to register for a trip that is full. if you are registering by mail, be sure to include 1st,...

Get ready for the May 2018 Annual Potluck!

The Flathead Audubon May 2018 Annual Potluck (and last general meeting of the season) is coming! Bring a potluck item, your own plate and silverware, and a few silent auction items. Prepare for a wonderful evening of hanging out with your fellow birders, a great presentation, a silent auction, and a fun potluck. Monday, May 14, 2018 Whitefish Community Center 121 Second Street, Whitefish Program: To be announced Doors Open...

April 2018 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from March 5, 2018 Board Meeting A spreadsheet for grants has been created to better track our grant requests and success. We did not receive the Forest Service Citizen Science grant. We will be participating in the Whitefish Community Foundation fund raiser this year. Road Scholar could use a few more volunteers this summer. We have decided not to accept the Wiley-Robbins Homestead Center as a donation to Flathead...

Not “Justa” Bird

by Jake Bramante While on a bird walk in Yosemite National Park with a naturalist with the Yosemite Conservancy, someone saw a bird and said something along the lines of, “Oh that’s just a raven” or something to that affect. The naturalist cleverly noted that in his bird books, he’s never seen any species named “Justa”. Sure, he can find an American Robin, but there are no Justa Robins. As...