Raptor ID Workshops offered by Montana Audubon

by Amy Seaman Join Montana Audubon’s Director of Policy & Science, Amy Seaman, for a series of online Raptor Identification Workshops! There is no question that learning how to identify raptors takes time. That is why we are going to help Flathead Audubon Society celebrate raptor week with a three-part raptor identification series and fundraiser….

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The Thirteenth Annual Birds of Prey Festival!

Coming September 14th at Lone Pine State Park Continuing a tradition started by the family of the late Rod Ash in 2006, Flathead Audubon, partnering with Lone Pine State Park, will expand on our big public event of the year with exhibits, booths and programs beginning at 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. US Forest Service,…

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Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2018—a Very Different Season

by Dan Casey After more than ten years of experience monitoring fall migration of raptors in the Jewel Basin, we should typically see about 2,600 raptors (mean, 2,598) on about 45 survey days between the end of August and early November. This year we once again conducted 45 surveys, although our average survey length of…

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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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Coming September 16th at Lone Pine State Park: The Eleventh Annual Birds of Prey Festival!

Continuing a tradition started by the family of the late Rod Ash in 2006, Flathead Audubon, partnering with Lone Pine State Park will expand on our big public event of the year starting with bird hikes at 7:30 AM, and exhibits, booths and programs beginning at 9:30 AM. USFS, Glacier NPS, MTFWP, Audubon, and many…

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An Unusual, but Successful Season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch

As 2016 comes to an end, Flathead Audubon volunteers and our funding partners have conducted nine years of season-long hawk migration surveys at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch. After recording 60 birds over four surveys during the last week of August, we conducted 22 surveys in September, including a six-day stretch (Sept 25-30) where 1,129…

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Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2016 – A Great First Half

By Dan Casey This fall season marks the 9th year of full-time surveys at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch, and the second year with Flathead Audubon as the primary sponsor of the effort. Thursday, Oct. 13th marked the 31st survey of the 2016 season, bringing us to 2,417 birds counted. We were on a record…

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Rough-Legged Hawk Photo Credit: Jan Wassink

Rough-legged Hawk Revisited

By Marcy Mahr Like me, you may have had to sit down with a field guide on more than one occasion to sort out the various hawk species that inhabit our area. Particularly challenging is distinguishing the subtle differences in plumages, which are confusingly similar. Birding field guides read, “plumage is extremely variable,… both dark…

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