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We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy."
Ruddy Duck Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Thinking about landscaping? Help our birds in the process!

If you feel like there's not a whole lot you can do to help birds with legislation (you can, see the next section), there are also other and important ways you can help birds... in your backyard! In addition to providing water, planting native shrubs provides cover, nesting sites/materials, and food sources (in bugs, nectar, and seeds) to our feathered friends. Our very own Kathy Ross has written a wonderful series with resources on how you can help birds. Check out or Helping Birds page for all of the links. (Oh and take down those feeders as bears begin to emerge!)

Make your voice heard!

The Montana Legislature is in full swing and is considering some important bills regarding conservation issues. Your voice matters and it's never been easier to let our legislators know what you think about these important issues. Montana Audubon is working hard to keep everyone in the loop. They have compiled resources on the bills, how to comment, and who to direct your comments. Check out our legislative post for more info and links!

Archived meetings now available

Miss a meeting? Head over to our Videos page to catch up on past meetings that we've recorded.

Flathead Audubon's video series is complete!

Our talented Conservation Education Coordinator, Denny Olson, has just completed the last of a three part video series (see all videos here). The series entertains while secretly educating you on why birds are amazing (Part 1 - Birds Rock!), how they're in trouble (Part 2 - Bird Trouble), and how you and I can help them out (Part 3 - Bird Help). While you're checking out our videos, you can head over to our Flathead Audubon YouTube Channel to see these and presentations as we post them online. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to get future updates (and it helps us out too!).

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*.

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Catch all of the Latest News here!!

August 5 – Kathy Ross on Native Plants for Birds

Kathy Ross will present “Growing Native Plants for Birds” on Thursday, August 5, at 6 PM at the Center for Native Plants, 5605 Hwy 93 South. Whitefish. Space is limited. Registration is required. The talk will be held outdoors. Bring a folding chair and sun protection. To register or ask questions, contact Kate at kate@centerfornativeplants.com…

Glass Recycling is Back!

Flathead Glass Recycling is once again open and will be accepting glass for recycling until September 1. Color separated clean glass can be dropped off at their facility in Columbia Falls anytime during day-light hours. All caps and plastic or metal rings must be removed. Bins are provided for clear, green and brown glass. If…

Pileated Woodpecker Photo Credit: John Winnie

Awesome Authors

by Darcy Thomas One of the great joys of the Pileated Post is reading the Bird of the Month column. I’m sure everyone would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the authors who put paper to pen for our newsletter this year. Several new authors joined the crew of seasoned authors so a…

Learn more about Using Native Plants for Your Landscape and Garden

“Growing Native Plants for Birds” a presentation by Kathy Ross, will be hosted by the Center for Native Plants on Thursday, August. 5, 6 pm.  You are welcome to arrive early or stay afterwards to look over the variety of native plants available at the Center. The Center for Native Plants is at 5605 Hwy…

Jewel Basin Hawk Watch 2020 Annual Report Available

The 2020 fall migration monitoring season at the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch was cut short by early season snows in October. But a strong early flight rewarded the more than 50 volunteers who participated in the surveys, with 3,088 raptors counted over 41 survey days. An annual report summarizing our results, including analyses of the…

Conservation Educator’s Niche – May 2021

By Denny Olson An enterprising climatologist once calculated the rate of spring’s advance to the north. It averages a half-mile per hour, or twelve miles per day – not supersonic, but not glacial either. In fact, it’s an easy walking speed. The roller-coaster fits and starts of that long transition can be frustrating after a…