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Black-backed Woodpecker on Fire-killed Tree - Photo Credit: Audubon

January 2018 Program

Wildfires in Western Montana Presented by Rick Trembath Flathead Audubon will have a special program on Monday, January 8 by Bigfork resident, Rick Trembath. He will provide a historical perspective on wild fires and how they affect flora and fauna based on fire intensities and behavior. Other fire-related topics include: how forest fires burn; forest fire […]

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Boat tour on Flathead Lake - Photo Credit: Doug MacCarter

Spring/Summer 2017 Field Trips Recap

by Cory Davis and Kathy Ross It was another full and exciting spring and summer for birdwatching in the Flathead Valley. We had a lot of fun, observed some excellent birds (lifers anyone?), and saw some beautiful country. Thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated field trip leaders! Earth Day 2017, April 22: […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Black-backed Woodpecker

by Lisa Bate When you look into a recently burned forest, what do you see? Destruction and loss? Or can you sense the pulse of new life created by stand-replacement fires? Every species has unique needs. For many plant species, fire provides a new lease on life by releasing abundant nutrients resulting in vigorous growth. […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker

BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS DEPEND ON BURNED FORESTS  By Jeannie Marcure As I write this article, the summer fires in our area have consumed more than 120,000 acres of timber in the Flathead and Glacier Park areas. For more than three weeks now our skies have been choked with smoke and our news reports filled with the […]

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