Welcome to Flathead Audubon

We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Sandhill Cranes in field Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Our monthly meetings are back up and running.

Whether or not you're a member of Flathead Audubon, come join us for our monthly meetings on the second Monday of every month from September through May. Hear wonderful presentations, learn new info, and see what we are up to. Check the Activities and Field Trips page for the latest on our meetings, field trips, and other events.

The Christmas Bird Count is coming!

Stay tuned on our website for information on the Christmas Bird Counts in the Flathead Valley and surrounding areas. Join us for our December meeting where we'll discuss what the count is, some tips for doing it and how you can participate whether you're a seasoned birder or a birder-wannabe!

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.

Special thanks to Whitefish Credit Union!

Flathead Audubon is proud to announce Whitefish Credit Union as a sponsor for the 2018 Birds of Prey Festival. Join us at our Birds of Prey Festival this September 15th for face painting, raptor presentations, Hawk Watch training and more! Also make sure to thank Whitefish Credit Union next time you swing into one of their branches across the Flathead Valley.

It's time to renew

Our wonderful educational programs and conservation efforts are funded by your memberships. Now is the time to head on over to our Join/Donate page and renew your membership or join us for the first time!

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!!

Public Invited to Participate in Glacier Park Fall Raptor Migration Study

In celebration of the Year of the Bird, Glacier National Park has launched a new Hawk Watch Program. Volunteers can choose specific dates in September and October to hike approximately 4.5 miles up the Mount Brown trail (roughly 4,000 feet in elevation gain) to collect data from 10 AM to 4 PM. A second site near Lake McDonald Lodge is accessible by road and will focus on counts of migrating...

West Valley Bird Viewing Area—Grand Opening

Join Flathead Land Trust, Montana FWP, and Flathead Audubon to celebrate the completion of the West Valley Wetlands conservation project and grand opening of the bird viewing area for the public. Saturday, Oct. 6 from 5-7:30 PM. The celebration will include food, a program to thank supporters, and viewing of the sandhill cranes as they fly in to roost at sunset. Participants will be shuttled from West Valley School to...

Cordilleran Flycatcher

by Gail Cleveland Oh, no! The Bird of the Month is one of those small, gray-green flycatchers that no one can tell apart but the experts. Yes, it is one of the genus Empidonax, Empidonax occidentalis to be specific, but read on. You may be able to find the joy in identifying a Cordilleran Flycatcher next spring after reading about and listening to these little flycatchers that inhabit northwestern Montana....

October 2018 Program

Backyard Bird Feeder Success! Presented by Jake Bramante Join us Monday, October 8, 7-9 PM at the Gateway West Community Room, US Highway 2 West, Kalispell to hear Flathead Audubon board member Jake Bramante discuss strategies to increase your backyard birds. While getting out into nature to discover birds is extremely rewarding (and healthy), sometimes we want to observe birds from the comfort of our homes and patios. With a...

Conservation Educator’s Niche – September 2018

The Value of “Place” in Education by Denny Olson In Montana, we are lucky in that education has always had a tradition of local control. Unfortunately, it has seldom had a tradition of local emphasis. In fact, the primary key to living well politically, economically, ecologically, spiritually and as a community member (on all levels) may well be "place education". Whether we recognize it or not, most of us need...

2018 OSNA Work Day

The long-awaited 2018 annual workday for the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area is scheduled for Saturday, 29 September. We’ll gather at the Montessori School on Willow Glen Drive at 9 AM. We’ll carpool to OSNA from Montessori and should be done by noon or a little after. There are a few of the usual projects that need to be tackled –some trails cleared and mowed,  and, of course, as always weeds...

Renew your 2018 Membership today!

by Mike Fanning Please renew your membership in Flathead Audubon as soon as possible. For those who don’t renew by October 18, this will be the last issue of the Pileated Post they will receive. Don’t miss an issue of our very interesting newsletter! The FAS Board proposed and the membership voted last May to raise the membership dues a bit to cover increased expenses. The dues now are $25...

2018 Bird Festival Success!

by Kay Mitchell The 2018 Wings Across the Big Sky Bird Festival is in our rear-view mirror – hurray! For Flathead Audubon, the festival involved a lot of work, since we were the host chapter. There were equal amounts of bird chatter, catching up with old friends and serious talk about everything from politics and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to Montana Audubon’s projects. And three of our own flock...

Major Endangered Species Act Revisions Proposed

by Lewis Young, Conservation Committee If you value endangered species you should be aware that significant revisions to the 1973 Endangered Species Act have been proposed. Nine bills in the House, 1 in the Senate, and a series of regulatory proposals recently released by the Trump administration would all serve to undermine sound science, habitat protections, and the ability of everyday citizens to enforce the Endangered Species Act. The U.S....

September 2018 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from May 7, 2018 Board Meeting Gail Linne presented the “Trunk Ambassadors” program to the Board. Lana and Joe Batts donated a projector to FAS. The Board adopted the FAS budget for July 2018 – June 2019. West Valley Bird Viewing Area—Grand Opening Grand opening of the West Valley bird viewing area: Saturday, October 6 from 5-7:30 PM sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Flathead Land Trust; and...

September 2018 Program

Applied Research in Glacier National Park presented by Tabitha Graves Join us Monday, September 10 , 7-9 PM at the Gateway West Community Room, US Highway 2 West, Kalispell, for an informative and entertaining program presented by Tabitha Graves. Tabitha will talk about how wildlife biology, landscape ecology, and statistics all come together in her research projects. Although Tabitha works for the US Geological Survey she is stationed in Glacier...


by Ben Long Count yourself lucky if you ever see a gyrfalcon, one of the most striking and remarkable birds of prey in the world. Almost 20 years ago, Karen and I were on a routine drive to Missoula. For kicks, we drove down a farm road in the Mission Valley and, by chance, spied a Gyrfalcon on a telephone pole. I don’t remember anything else about that day, beyond...