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Hear about Lynx, Wolverine, and other carnivores at our December meeting!

Sara Lamar from Swan Valley Connections will be presenting lessons learned from a decade of studying carnivores in the Southwest Crown of the Continent. Join us on December 11th at 7pm to hear about these amazing creatures! Find out more here.

Thank you Whitefish Community Foundation!

In addition to the $27,800 raised by you, our generous donors, the Whitefish Community Foundation announced their exceptionally generous match of $12,400! This brings the total raised this year to over $40,000!! Thank you so much for your generous donations and thank you, thank you, thank you to the Whitefish Community Foundation for this wonderful fundraising event that helps make our conservation and education work possible!

Bird Trivia Night at Bias Brewing!

  • Sponsored by Flathead Audubon Society
  • Tuesday, December 5, 6-8pm
  • Come enjoy some brew and try your hand at Bird Trivia Tuesday with Audubon bird lovers!
  • Bias Brewing
    412 S. Main St.

Love birds? Lend a hand! (or wing?)

Many hands make light work, and we need more hands to help with the work we do. This can be done in many small ways that don’t take a lot of time or commitment. If you want to lend your hand, please choose a task from the following list:

  • Write a Bird of the Month article
  • Learn how to use Zoom with Jake
  • Help Cindy, Tom, and Denny with the Education Committee
  • Assist on a classroom presentation or field trip with Denny
  • Update the Owen Sowerine Bird List
  • Be my Vice President!

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!

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Northern Saw-whet Owl

by Karen Nichols Although Northern Saw-whet owls are one of the most abundant forest raptors in North America, they are rarely seen due to their nocturnal and secretive nature. Until recent decades, the diminutive owls were thought to be rare in many places and mostly non-migratory. Banding efforts over the past 30+ years are shedding…

Flathead Valley Bird Report – December 2023

by Dan Casey Rare and Notables – October/November 2023 This period presented several of the less common species we have come to expect in late fall, including all three scoter species, Short-billed Gulls, and a Swamp Sparrow. Pacific Loons were seen in several locations, including two at Rogers Lake. Common Redpoll, Snow Bunting and Bohemian…

December 2023 Program – A Decade of Rare Forest Carnivore Monitoring: Lessons Learned

Presented By Sara Lamar The Southwestern Crown of the Continent (SW Crown) is a 1.5 million acre, mostly forested landscape in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. Swan Valley Connections (SVC) has been collaborating annually with various partners to monitor rare carnivores. This monitoring project was designed to provide a baseline of the current distribution…

November 2023 presentation on the world of owls now available for replay!

At our November 2023 General Meeting, Denver Holt, Founder and President of Owl Research Institute, shared the amazing work that they are doing. They pride themselves on boots-on-the-ground field work and long term studies to get as accurate a picture as they possibly can of the health and trends of a population as well as…

Conservation Educator’s Niche – November 2023

by Denny Olson I’ve been lucky enough to sit on a high promontory and watch a group of raven rascals – who always seem to have spare time on their talons – showing off their flight skills. Twice, perhaps the same raven both times, one cackled the raven version of “Hold my beer, watch this!”…

Northern Saw-whet Owls – October 2023 Field Trip Recap

by Darcy Thomas Northern Saw-whet Owls were the focus of the next two bird outings in October. We travelled to the Flathead Lake Biological Station to learn about owl ecology and watch researchers from the Owl Research Institute band, weigh, and measure owls they caught in mist nests during the evening. Participants got to watch…

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