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Tundra Swans Photo Credit: Dick Walker

Sharp-shinned Hawk in flight - Photo courtesy BJ Worth

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 and how you can help make this happen!

December 2022 Program – The Pribilof Islands: the “Galapagos” of the North

Erick Greene, Professor Emeritus in the Division of Biological Sciences and in the Wildlife Biology Program at The University of Montana, will be talking about his experiences in the Pribilof Islands during the summer of 2022. Find out more about our December 12th General Meeting by clicking here.

2022 Christmas Bird Count dates are set

KalispellJan 1SunPete Fisherfisherpete88@yahoo.com406-250-9624
BigforkDec 17 SatCraig Hohenbergerasoleado2003@yahoo.com406-890-1629
Glacier (GNP)Dec 18 SunLisa BateLisa_Bate@nps.gov406-888-7833
NinepipesDec 18 SunJim Oatesoates65@gmail.com406-270-7826
Upper SwanDec 15ThuEli Esteyeli@svconnections.org406-754-3137
EurekaDec 17 SatEllen Sullivankesullivan@interbel.net406-889-3983
TroyDec 31SatDon Jonesdon@donaldmjones.com406-546-3832
LibbyDec 17SatGene Reckingnreckin@gmail.comH:406-293-9344

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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Conservation Corner – December 2022

by Bridger Donaldson Birds and Glass: Preventing Avian Window Collisions Many of us have at some point come across a deceased bird underneath a window or investigated after hearing the startling noise of a bird hitting a glass pane. One of the largest anthropogenic causes of avian death in the US, along with habitat destruction…

Birding at West Valley Ponds – November 3rd, 2022

Six participants, along with Darcy Thomas, joined Shannon and Bridger Donaldson at the West Valley Wildlife Viewing Area on Thursday, November 3. The valley was blanketed in white from the early season snowfall the day before. Soon enough, the sun was shining which made for a great afternoon of birding. As soon as we pulled…

December 2022 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the November 7, 2022 Board of Directors Meeting Nov 7th was snowy and cold so the in-person board meeting was changed to a Zoom meeting. Some of the items under discussion are highlighted below: ATTENTION ALL BIRDERS: NEW FIELD TRIP LEADERS NEEDED Do you have a special place you like to see birds?…

The Common Merganser

by Theresa Ciraolo The Common Merganser, as the name implies, is a common bird. However, their status as common is not a downfall for these adaptive, beautiful animals. In fact, since they are frequently spotted in the Flathead Valley, the Common Merganser was the first bird I encountered in Glacier National Park. I had just…

The 24th annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count

The 24th annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Centered at Reserve Street and Highway 93, the 15-mi diameter count circle includes Evergreen, much of the Flathead River corridor, Owen Sowerwine, Happy Valley, Herron Park, Egan Slough, Lonepine State Park and the Kuhn’s Wildlife Area. A popular New Year’s…

Rough-Legged Hawk Photo Credit: Jan Wassink

The 48th annual Bigfork Christmas Bird Count

I am assuming all regional (local) leaders will be doing the Bigfork CBC once again. If you were a regional (local) leader last year, and are not participating in the Bigfork CBC this year, please let me know. I will be sending out the Bigfork CBC packets with bird checklists and maps of your respective…

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