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Jewel Basin Hawk Watch is under way

Cooler mornings mean fall is creeping up. Raptors are starting to migrate and we have resumed our perch up on the ridgeline in the Jewel Basin Hiking area just north of Mt Aeneas. Watch live updates as our counters tally up the birds on our Dunkadoo page. Learn more about the effort on our Jewel Basin page and hope to see you as the raptors soar on by!

Flathead Land Trust Proposes Purchase of Conservation Easement on Owen Sowerwine!

Audubon members, neighbors, and friends of Owen Sowerwine are very excited about the possibility of Flathead Land Trust purchasing a perpetual conservation easement on Owen Sowerwine, a State School Trust parcel administered by Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). Click here to find out more about this exciting development!

Want to help make this happen? Donations made to Flathead Land Trust during the Great Fish Community Challenge will go to securing the conservation easement. Donate today to help make this happen!


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!

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Fall OSNA Work Day 2023

by Pam Willison Save the Date!! The Owen Sowerwine Fall Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023.  We will meet in the parking lot of Kalispell Montessori (on Willow Glen Drive) at 9:00 a.m., and spend about three hours doing some weed and trail maintenance. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, and…

Conservation Educator’s Niche – September 2023

by Denny Olson In the last issue of the Post, I tried to point out the human tendency to frame our thinking about our relationship to the land that sustains us as “self-absorbed”. It is looking at nature in the framework of “what good is nature to me?” The range of responses to that question…

One Woman’s Dedication To Saving Swifts

by Rosemary McKinnon A few summers ago, I had an unusual set of visitors to my bedroom. This bedroom has a fireplace, rarely used, with a chimney. Swifts arrived to nest there. Accustomed to silence, I was not aware of their presence until the chicks hatched. From then on, for weeks, I could barely sleep….

Wings Across the Big Sky 2023 Report

by Lauren Smith, Montana Audubon Communications Specialist It may be late summer now, but we’re still reminiscing about the 22nd annual Wings Across the Big Sky Festival! What an incredible June weekend in Great Falls, co-hosted by the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon chapter.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in exploring the stunning variety…

Bison Range Trip Report – May 2023

by Darcy Thomas Although a rather longish drive, a group of 14, including myself, drove to the CSKT Bison Range in Moise to enjoy a day of bird and wildlife watching. Morning rain prompted us to begin our day in the Visitor’s Center where CSKT employee Emily provided a tour and taught us about the …

Spring 2023 Migration in Glacier National Park

by Kathy Ross May 20: A good day for birds and butterflies in Glacier National Park with Steve Gnaidek and Kathy Ross.  Birders local and from around the country joined in this field trip, exploring favorite birding haunts in the park. Warblers abounded, as mating Rufous hummingbirds delighted, fliting among willows and dogwood of the…

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