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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.”

Harlequin Duck Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Summer is a time for getting out and exploring our landscapes. At Flathead Audubon, our primary objective is seeing all of our feathered friends, but that’s an excuse to see our wild country and ALL of its inhabitants.

We are getting outside with many incredible field trips. Make sure you head on over to our Activities and Field Trips Page to see what’s happening and what excursions you may want to join in on. During the summer, we take a break from our monthly meetings, but will resume again in September. Check out the Latest News which will have recaps of our field trips as well as some great stories and announcements as summer draws to a close.

Also, our 2018 Phenology Calendar called “Glacier Country” is now available for sale! It features 365 days of “what’s happening” in northwest Montana’s wild places as well as activities. Some of these activities are done at home while others are events such as Earth Day and the Forestry Expo. Each month also features a wonderful photo of flora or fauna with a wonderful insight into what’s happening.

Purchase the calendar at our meetings when they resume in the fall, at numerous retailers near you, or on our own Flathead Audubon Store.

In the meantime, get out, enjoy the longer days, and say hello to our summer birds!

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Latest News

Vaux’s Swift

By Lisa Bate The Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) is the smallest swift in North America, just slightly smaller than its eastern counterpart, the Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica). Best described as a “flying cigar,” this species is easily recognized by its small, cigar-shaped body with long, pointed wings, and short stubby tail. Typically, they can be […]

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Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

By Ben Long All wild ducks are beautiful but for my money, the most beautiful is the Northern Pintail. They have a combination of aerial grace, striking plumage, heft and old-fashioned class. They are ducks with elan. There are some 35 species of ducks in North America, many of which find their way to the […]

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Eurasian Collared Dove

By Ben Young And the winner for the North American “Bird of the Decade” award is . . . the Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto). That was my determination at the turn of the decade, and I’d make a case for it three years later. Likely no other bird species on record has stormed the North […]

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Dusky Grouse

By Ben Long The official name of Montana’s “Blue Grouse” is now the “Dusky Grouse.” But I always think of them as Kamikaze Grouse. Here’s why. My family was driving a mountain road one May when we spied a male Dusky Grouse doing its spring mating dance along the barrow pit. The handsome fellow’s tail […]

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Sora

Sora

By Gail Cleveland Even though I have been watching birds for more than 25 years, I can bring to mind most instances when I have seen the more elusive members of the family Rallidae (coots, rails, crakes and gallinules). I remember seeing my first Virginia Rail in a marshy area in the lower Flathead Valley. […]

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Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

By Gael Bissell Have you ever heard a deep rolling frog-like call “pahwawaa… pahwawaa,” or hoarse, raven-like repeated croaks or gacks coming from water birds? These are the rare and odd sounds of the breeding male and female Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), a common yet shy woodland duck of North America. In Georgia, folks call […]

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