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To conserve birds, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem diversity in northwest Montana, through education and conservation programs.
Roosting Great Horned Owl Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Native plants are for all of us!

If you love birds, then you really LOVE native plants (you just might not fully know how much just yet). Come to our February General Meeting to hear about the importance of native plants and how you can integrate them into your backyard! Find out how to attend and more details by clicking here.

Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement was approved unanimously by State Land Board!!

Owen-Sowerwine Natural Area

After many years of hard work, keeping fingers crossed, and partnering with amazing conservation organizations, namely Flathead Land Trust and Flathead Lakers, we can celebrate knowing our efforts to set aside this incredible habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife known as Owen Sowerwine will soon be completed. This was an effort by many people. Our many members and friends who donated money deserve a special thank you as does The Whitefish Community Foundation for awarding Flathead Audubon a Community Grant of $50,000.

A special thanks goes to the Montana Land Board for believing in our vision. Gael Bissel and Pam Willison deserve our sincerest thanks for the hours of work they donated to see this come to fruition. The behind-the-scenes work they accomplished to lead to this success is beyond what anyone could expect of unpaid volunteers.

We are truly thankful, and I know the birds would clap their wings if only they could.

Darcy Thomas, President

A new chapter of management for Owen Sowerwine

If you head down to Owen Sowerwine, not much has changed… and that’s by design. While the new Conservation Easement gets finalized, the whole point of the easement was to preserve the irreplaceable habitat for birds. Learn more about Owen Sowerwine before you come down and visit. We have resources including trail maps, appropriate behavior, new rules for group use and more! Click here to learn more out our beloved Owen Sowerwine.

Get your Flathead Audubon Swag here!

We’re excited to announce the availability of hats and vests to show your Flathead Audubon pride! Trucker hats, thermal beanies, and visors can be purchased online or at our general meetings and are available for pickup at the meetings. Vests are a pre-order only. Order yours before our April 9th cutoff date! Find all of the apparel in our Shop.

Love birds? Lend a hand! (or wing?)

If you are new to Flathead Audubon (or have been around for a bit) and want to get involved there are many ways you can become active in the chapter. Here is a quick list of some of those ways:

  • Help with our education events for kids and families
  • Help with environmental issues that impact birds, wildlife, and habitat
  • Write a Bird of the Month or other piece for the newsletter
  • Help with the broadcasting of our monthly meeting on Zoom
  • Lead a field trip to your favorite birding hotspot
  • Join the board of directors in our important work

Contact Darcy Thomas at darcy@flatheadaudubon.org

Natives Rule!

Native insects feed on native plants which provide food for native birds… and their offspring! We’ve put this all together in a great video called Natives Rule! This video gives you a deep dive of why all of these “natives” are important and how you can help support this critical system. This video joins our growing catalog of Educational Videos that you can watch any time, anywhere, on any device!

Past meeting presentations available online

Speaking of videos, we have been recording our general meetings on Zoom and have them available for replay! Want to learn about the natural history of Trumpeter Swans? How wolves and ravens interact in Yellowstone? Head on over to our Videos page to see all of the past presentations.

Stay updated with the Flathead Audubon Fly-by!

In addition to our monthly Pileated Post, we also have a short email we send out called the Flathead Audubon Fly-by. It contains a brief reminder of events, any last minute announcements, and a splash of birdiness to your inbox. It’s even more important over the summer when our meetings take a break and we have a slew of field trips!

It’s densely packed like peanut butter suet and can be yours by signing up below*.

* You’ll only be signing up for Flathead Audubon communications. We don’t give/sell/distribute your email address to anyone else.

Catch all of the Latest News here!!

  • Flathead Valley Bird Report – March 2024
    Rare and Notables – January/February 2024 Generally mild and relatively dry since the deep cold spell early in the period, this was a month with few rarities. People continued to enjoy the widespread Pine Grosbeaks and sporadic flocks of Common Redpolls. Thousands of Canada Geese and Mallards could be found throughout, particularly along the lower…
  • March 2024 Program – Natives Rule! Converting your space into a bird sanctuary
    Presented by Mackenzie Dey, Kathy Ross and Jessie Walthers Join three native landscaping experts and view a Flathead Audubon produced video about how plants and animals become “native”, and how intricately woven the millions of relationships between natives form the balance of nature – especially those relationships between plants, insects, and birds. Popcorn optional! Learn…
  • Kids’ Corner – March 2024
    Hey there young birder! Welcome to our first edition of Kids’ Corner. Below we have two fun activities for you! Check out our “Owl Facts” crossword puzzle below, then color in your Great Horned Owl drawing below and email your finished artwork to info@flatheadaudubon.org so we can feature it in next month’s Kids’ Corner. Don’t…
  • February 2024 presentation on Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands now available for replay!
    At our February 2024 General Meeting, Lou Bruno regaled his tales aboard the National Geographic Explorer has he visited Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. Far from a land of sea and ice, this rich ecosystem features seals, whales, albatrosses, petrels, and a variety of penguins in a varied landscape of rock, ice, grass,…
  • Kalispell CBC 2023 Results
    by Shannon and Bridger Donaldson The 25th Annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 31, 2023. It was New Year’s Eve and most everything on the valley floor was cloaked in an amazing amount of hoar frost. Very low visibility was the theme for the day, as it was incredibly foggy, especially…
  • Troy CBC 2023 Results
    by Don Jones Like so many others, our count weather was so mild that we were able to access more of our count circle than usual. We had 27 field counters (good for little old Troy) and a handful of feeder counters. We tallied 54 species on count day with another six species for count…

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