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To conserve birds, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem diversity in northwest Montana, through education and conservation programs.
Northern Pintail courtship flight Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Explore the world of Arctic nesting birds

Come to our general meeting on April 8th to hear Anna Von Duyke discuss her work monitoring Arctic shorebird nesting. Learn about what it is like as a scientist up in the Arctic from a day to day standpoint, how they monitor the birds, and how the seasons change far north. Click here to learn more. Hope to see you there!

Native plants are for all of us!

We had a great time at our March meeting hearing from our own Denny Olson and Kathy Ross, as well as from Jessie Walthers from the Flathead Conservation District and Mackenzie Dey from the MSU Extension Office discussing native plants. If you missed it, we have the recording now online. Click here to view it and be prepared to take notes!

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!!

  • 2024 Flathead County Science Fair Awards
    by Denny Olson Brecken Thorn wins Best Wildlife Conservation Science Project award from Flathead Audubon for his project at the 2024 Flathead County Science Fair. Brecken did an amazing study about fire resistance in the barks of local trees. Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and Lewis’ Woodpeckers will appreciate Brecken educating us about these important…
  • Flathead Lakers to be Recognized for Conservation Achievements
    by Gael Bissell and Linda Winnie The Flathead Lakers will be presented with the Flathead Audubon Society’s 2024 partnership Conservation Achievement Recognition at the May 13 general meeting. Based in Polson, Montana, the Flathead Lakers have been hard at work for the last 65 years helping protect water quality, floodplains, and critical habitats in the…
  • Earth Day EXPO 2024
    “Uniting Nature and Technology”, sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby Saturday, April 20, 9am-4pm, Arts and Technology building, FVCC Kids’ Activities (including birding!), panel discussions, workshops and 25 booths representing local organizations. Don’t miss Flathead Audubon’s workshop, “Canaries in the Coal Mine: Birds & Climate” presented by Denny Olson, Flathead Audubon Conservation Educator. Watch a 28-minute…
  • Conservation License Renewal
    by Margaret Parodi Effective July 1, 2023, everyone ages 12 and older will need a Montana Conservation License to access most State Lands (does not include State Parks).  Since there are numerous Audubon field trips that do use State lands, we encourage all Audubon members and field trip participants to get this license. Fishing access…
  • April 2024 Chirps and Squawks
    Highlights from the March 4, 2024 Board of Directors Meeting Get ready for the Annual May Silent Auction and Potluck Dinner A CELEBRATION OF OWEN SOWERWINE The annual Silent Auction is the perfect time to gather all the valuable “stuff” that you’ve squirreled away. Gather up bird books, outdoor gear, artwork, live bedding plants, homemade pies…
  • 2024 Long-billed Curlew Surveys
    by Lauren Smith, MT Audubon Communications Specialist Spring is fast approaching, and with that comes the familiar “cur-leeee” call of the Long-billed Curlew, an icon of America’s prairies. These birds depend on Montana’s grasslands for breeding and continue to decline across their range due to loss of habitat owing to development. With this decline, more…

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