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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!!

The Seabird’s Cry by Adam Nicholson

a review by Rosemary McKinnon In 2018 I visited an old school friend in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The weather was auspicious and we decided to take a boat to the offshore islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Puffins were returning to nest in their burrows after spending the winter feeding in the mid-Atlantic. Gannets and skuas circled…

Conservation Educator’s Niche – April 2021

by Denny Olson Frustrated with Birding ID by Ear? Help is on the way! There are 270 nesting species of birds in Montana, and 435 species that we know have at least passed through on their travels. They all make some kinds of noises, and those noises are at least slightly different from each other,…

On the Road? Check out the Nature Guys podcast

by Charles B. van Rees Have you got some long drives ahead for spring birding trips? Consider adding the Nature Guys podcast to your on-the-road listening. Podcasts, which can easily be streamed or downloaded on your mobile phone or via an internet browser are like radio shows you can listen to anytime, anywhere. Mobile Apps…

Wings Across the Big Sky – Regional Field Trips 2021

by Danielle Dowden, MT Audubon Join Montana Audubon for a unique field trip in your area on Saturday June 5th, 2021! The health and safety of our supporters is of utmost importance. As such, the Lewistown 2021 Festival will be postponed to 2022.  In lieu of this annual gathering, Montana Audubon is hosting Regional Field…

April 2021 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the March 1, 2021 Board of Directors Meeting Treasurer Rod Wallette reported: memberships are still coming in, our tax return will be completed by a CPA, and some procedural changes will be made to improve our checks-and-balances for financial matters.Cory Davis said the membership committee has selected new data base management software, and…

2021 Citizen Science Projects at Montana Audubon

LBCU Citizen Science Survey 2021 Are you ready to hear the ‘currlleeee’ of the Long-billed Curlew? Well, grab your binoculars and get ready, because it’s almost curlew season! These charismatic shorebirds will be trickling back into the state in less than two months and we need your help finding as many as possible in and…