Welcome to Flathead Audubon
We strive to be your Northwest Montana Bird Headquarters. Feel free to return to this site many times for everything "Birdy".
Give to Flathead Audubon Society Now Through the Great Fish Community Challenge!
The annual Great Fish Community Challenge is now live through September 16th! Help us raise funds for conservation education and habitat preservation through the Great Fish Community Challenge, hosted by Whitefish Community Foundation. We want this to be our only fundraiser for the year. Click here to donate online to the Whitefish Community Foundation for Flathead Audubon and many other wonderful non-profit organizations throughout the Flathead Valley.
Happy Summer Birding everyone!
We hope everyone is out enjoying some sunshine and listening to bird singing. Fledglings are appearing all over the place. We're looking forward to getting back together this fall for our Birds of Prey Festival, Hawk Watch, and meetings which start back up in September. In the meantime, have a great summer exploring!
Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Report now available
From late August to early November raptors heading south fly along the ridgeline of the Swan Mountain Range. Flathead Audubon in partnership with the Forest Service sponsors the surveying of these migrants at our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch site. This past year was a banner year with record high counts of many species. Learn more about the effort and read the great report prepared by Dan Casey who leads the effort year after year on our Jewel Basin Hawk Watch page.
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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At our May 2022 General Meeting, we had special guest Asher Stanfield, a bright seventh grader, come in and give a presentation on his science fair project. His science fair project caught the eye of our education committee as well as those at the state science fair level where he won the first-place Grand Award…
At our May 2022 General Meeting, Tom Bansak of the Flathead Lake Biological Station discussed the role of the biological station in monitoring Flathead Lake as well as the history of native and non-native species in the Flathead, how that’s changed over time, and what they see as the biggest challenges moving forward. Click on…
Looking Back, To See How Far We’ve Come! Compiled by: Pam Willison and Linda Winnie (quotes are from Pileated Post articles) The annual Owen Sowerwine Natural Area Work Day began in the fall of 2003, and has been held each fall since. The OSNA Work Day began as part of the Prudential Global Volunteer Day…
by Denny Olson Sometimes those of us in Audubon might get a bit complacent about why we are here. Birding is fun, our programs are entertaining and very informative and our social get-togethers for events or a field trip give us a sense of comradery. But because we live in a place where natural beauty…
by Mike Fanning Come and join us at The Tally Lake Campground for an extraordinary two days of birding and relaxing. The Pavilion Campsite at the campground has been reserved for us Sunday afternoon, 2 PM June 12 through Tuesday morning 11 AM June 14. There is space for RV’s and tents for those who…
by Darcy Thomas Everybody had a bird they wanted to see and I think everyone got their wish today at the Creston Fish Hatchery. Ten birders watched an Osprey at its’ nest and later watched as the same Osprey dove at a Bald Eagle in another tree a couple of times before the later flew…