Kalispell CBC 2017 Report

by Pete Fisher, compiler The 19th annual Kalispell CBC was held on Sunday, December 31. A total of 78 species were counted. This is a respectable number given the harsh weather conditions (subzero temperatures, up to 3 feet of snow). The count’s first ever Northern Shoveler was found as well as the second ever Common Grackle. Record high numbers…

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Glacier National Park CBC 2017 Report

by Lisa Bate, compiler This winter, Glacier National Park (GNP) held its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Sunday, December 17. Twenty-nine participants contributed to this event by covering 10 different routes in Glacier, and one bird feeder in West Glacier. Participants spent the day counting all bird species and individuals detected; and the main description…

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Eureka CBC 2017 Report

by Lewis Young, compiler The 25th annual Eureka Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, December 16 in mild weather that ranged from 22F to 35F. Twenty-two field observers and 15 feeder watchers recorded 69 species and 2779 individual birds. The 69 species were the second highest total in our history. Three new species were…

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Bigfork CBC 2017 Report

by Craig Hohenberger, compiler The 44th annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count was held Saturday, December 16th, under cloudy skies and mild weather conditions; snow depth 1-4 inches, temperatures ranged from 28-34 degrees F with little or no wind. Rivers and lakes were mostly open and there was a little ice on Flathead Lake at the edges….

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Education Committee News – January 2018

by Gail Shay Linne, Education Chair The Flathead Audubon Society’s Education committee met on December 4, 2017. We reviewed education activities and explored ways to offer more programs to area senior groups. New programs for elders will be presented in upcoming general meetings. Denny Olson reported about Owen Sowerwine access and the cottonwood tree regeneration…

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Northwest Montana Christmas Bird Counts – 2017

To participate in a Christmas Bird Count, contact the listed person. Count Date Contact Information Bigfork Saturday, Dec 16 Craig Hohenberger,  asoleado2003@yahoo.com   406-890-1629 Upper Swan Saturday, Dec 16 Luke Lamar, luke@svconnections.org, 406-754-3137 or 406-754-2965 Libby Saturday, Dec 16 Gene Reckin, gnreckin@gmail.com, Home: 406-293-9344 or Cell: 406-291-8482 Eureka Saturday, Dec 16 Lewis & Lynda Young,  llyoung@interbel.net,…

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Steve Gniadek Receives Conservation Achievement Recognition

by Gael Bissell and Cory Davis We are excited to present our first 2017 Conservation Achievement Recognition to Steve Gniadek who is clearly one of the most dedicated conservation-minded people in the Flathead. Steve, who has assimilated extensive and diverse wildlife experiences throughout his career, is now a happily retired wildlife biologist living in the…

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