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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."
Rough-legged Hawk - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Make your voice heard!

The Montana Legislature is in full swing and is considering some important bills regarding conservation issues. Your voice matters and it's never been easier to let our legislators know what you think about these important issues. Montana Audubon is working hard to keep everyone in the loop. They have compiled resources on the bills, how to comment, and who to direct your comments. Check out our legislative post for more info and links!

Archived meetings now available

Miss a meeting? Head over to our Videos page to catch up on past meetings that we've recorded.

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!).

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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Catch all of the Latest News here!!

Clark’s Nutcracker

by Margaret Parodi A recent sighting of a flock of Clark’s Nutcrackers in my neighborhood in Bigfork sparked my renewed interest in this bird; the flash of the white and black tail feathers caught my eye. They were feeding in trees and on the ground in a stand of Ponderosa Pines and were going after…

March 2021 Program

Trumpeter Swan Ecology and Reintroduction presented by Franz Ingelfinger The Trumpeter Swan has made a remarkable recovery throughout Northwest Montana, thanks to a multiple-decade’s long re-introductory effort involving several cooperators. Today, swans breeding throughout the Flathead are the direct decedents of those efforts. Franz will discuss Trumpeter Swan ecology, reintroduction, and current efforts to utilize…

Kalispell CBC 2020 Results

by Pete Fisher The 22nd Kalispell Christmas Bird Count held on Sunday, January 3, 2021, recorded a total of 77 species, a number which is about average for this count. Highlights included the first ever Canvasback (small slough at southern end of Woodland Avenue) and first ever Short-eared Owl (hunting at dusk in West Valley…

Troy CBC 2020 Results

by Donald Jones  We had 21 participants battle a snowy Morning. Thankfully the snow diminished by 9:30 AM leaving us a calm snowy landscape. An attempt at owling (3.5 hours) came up with a total of “0” Owls. Thankfully we had a volunteer take a drift boat down the Kootenai River and came up with…

Ninepipes CBC 2020 Results

by Jim Oates  Most sections were counted twice (but not double counted) so everyone who wanted to participate had an opportunity within the Covid guidelines. There were 29 birders, who reported 74 species, one less than 2019. Some of the highlights were:  A ferruginous hawk (11 years since last); 3 peregrines, 2 together, all seen…

Glacier National Park CBC 2020 Results

by Lisa Bate  Glacier National Park (GNP) held its annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Twenty-nine participants contributed to this event by covering 10 different routes in Glacier, and 2 bird feeders in West Glacier. Participants spent the day counting all bird species and individuals detected. The weather started dismally with rain,…