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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.”

Looking for incoming raptors at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site – Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, two things happen here at Flathead Audubon.  First of all, we head up to Jewel Basin for another season of Hawk Watch. Come up and join our volunteers – no birding experience necessary! Keep track of our season’s counts with live updates via dunkadoo.org!

Second of all, our monthly general meetings kick into gear with great presentations and a time to get all “birdy-nerdy”. These events are the second Monday of every month from September through May.

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 general meetings, at numerous retailers near you, or on our own Flathead Audubon Store.

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Latest News

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

By Ben Young I’m often asked by my students to name my favorite birds. I can sell them on the kingfishers, hummingbirds, trogons, and owls without much persuasion, but when I mention the Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus), many are puzzled. How could such a common and seemingly ordinary bird be among my favorites? Consider the […]

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Grey Jay Photo Credit: Jan Wassink

Gray Jay

By Denny Olson Some of us have been lucky enough to have a “Whiskey Jack,” “Camp Robber,” Canada Jay, sit on our hand (or head, in my case) and calmly nab a seed or peanut. After watching them forage for years, flying lightly from low perch to low perch, I’m convinced that they are less […]

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Gray Catbird

By John Hughes Have you ever been walking in a riparian area and heard what sounded like a cat mewing in the thick understory? Every time this happens to my wife and me, we turn and look at each other, smile like kids, and say “catbird.” The Gray Catbird is one of many birds whose […]

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Gamble’s Quail

By Dennis Hester Where are they and why haven’t I been able to spot one in Montana? So you have been all over Montana trying to fill your quail sighting quotient in hopes of being able to check all those little boxes in the back of your bird book but to no avail. You’ve logged […]

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Northern Shrike  Photo Credit: Ron Lacey

Northern Shrike

By Lewis Young The Northern Shrike is a solitary “masked hunter” that may be found in the northern U.S., including the Flathead Valley, during the winter. Its scientific name is Lanius excubitor and means “butcher watchman.” It is a pale gray bird with lightly barred under-parts and black wings, tail, and mask. The black wings […]

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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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