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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".
Renew your membership today!
Cooler mornings and shorter days mean that it's that time of year for clearing brush, counting migrating hawks, and renewing your Flathead Audubon membership!
Dues for FAS membership are $25 for a basic membership, $40 for a supporting membership. Not only does a membership give you voting rights at our meetings, you also get our fantastic newsletter, and the warm fuzzies knowing that you are supporting an organization that is educating the next generation (at no cost to them), conserving and maintaining vital habitat at OSNA, leading field trips (at no cost to you), and counting migrating raptors at Jewel Basin.
Head over to our Join/Renew page to renew online or by mail!
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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!).
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!
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by Denny Olson I have to admit that a good part of my attraction to tree-line in Northwest Montana — aside from pikas in the talus, whitebark pines, nutcrackers and rosy finches — is the 50-50 chance of a conversation with Boreal Chickadees. They are relatively tame and curious after the breeding season when they…
June Ash passed away peacefully on November 10 with the comfort of family present. In the week before her passing, she made sure that her bird feeder was filled. June was a long-time Flathead Audubon member, and served Flathead Audubon in various capacities for over 20 years, including as Board member, Membership Chair, and organizer…
by Joe Batts The Montana Museum of Art and Culture has opened two new exhibitions with avian themes. The first, “Avis marvelous: Ornithology in 19th Century Art and Science” opened Friday, September 24, and runs through January 8, 2022, in the Paxson Gallery of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/TV Center. This exhibit combines 19th century…
by Dan Casey Rare and Notables – Oct/Nov Wintery weather was slow to come, but winter migrants and residents began to arrive, including Tundra Swans, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Shrikes, Bohemian Waxwings and Common Redpolls. Rarities included all three scoter species, 2 lingering Anna’s Hummingbirds, and a Lesser Goldfinch in Somers. See https://ebird.org/region/US-MT-029?yr=all for more. 9/28…
by Gael Bissell Good News! Migratory Bird Treaty Act Is Back! But Improvements Need Your Support! (It’s Easy!!!) From National Audubon Action Alert: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is not only reinstating bird protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), but is also considering strengthening the rules going forward. A…
presented by Aaron Wirsing Aaron Wirsing will be the featured speaker at the Monday, December 13 virtual meeting of the Flathead Audubon Society at 7 PM (See below for how to join the Zoom meeting.) He received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and graduate degrees from the University of Idaho (MS) and Simon Fraser…