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Northern Goshawk juvenile - Photo Credit: BJ Worth

Jewel Basin 2017 – Anything but Average

by Dan Casey The 10th annual hawk migration survey at the Jewel Basin got off to a roaring start; we recorded birds at record rates from late August through Sept. 22nd. But just as we hit our usual peak season, the snows started to fall. As much as we welcomed the early season snow following […]

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Merlin Bird ID from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Merlin Bird ID

What is Merlin Bird ID?  From Cornell Lab of Ornithology, it’s a free app for your phone designed for beginning and intermediate birders that helps identify birds based on your observed details or a photo.  Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list […]

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Glacier Christmas Bird Count Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Troy CBC 2016 Report

by Don Jones Troy held its Christmas Bird count on Saturday December 31st 2016.  Weather started off clear and cold (6 degrees) and ended with mostly cloudy (26 degrees).  We had 23 Field participants and 5 feeder watchers.  Species count matched last year at 48 species for count day and 3 for count week (Cedar […]

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Trumpeter Swans on McDonald Creek - Photo Credit: Karen Chickering

Glacier National Park CBC 2016 Report

by Lisa Bate This year’s Christmas Bird Count in Glacier was fantastic! We had a number of rare birds, first-time birds, unusual birds for this time of the year, and some new high counts for species. It was also 25 degrees warmer than the morning before (minus 15° F) and we had light, fluffy snow, […]

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

The Wonder of Hawkwatching

by Barbara Summer, Board Member We are so fortunate in the Flathead Valley to have the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site right out our backdoor (and up the hill a bit…). I often look at the passion I have for being on the ridge and monitoring the migrating raptors. What is it that drives me […]

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