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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".
Common Redpolls on a fence in West Valley - Photo courtesy Dick Walker

In person meetings starting in January!

With a new year, we'll be bringing a new format to our meetings... hybrid meetings! We'll be meeting in person together for the first time since the beginning of 2020. We'll be encouraging masks and discouraging anyone coming who's not feeling well. For anyone who can't make it physically and still wants to participate, we'll be offering the meeting over Zoom where we hope that you will not only be able to watch, but to participate! This is an experiment and we'll see how it works and make adjustments moving forward, but it holds promise for many benefits such as to those that are physically unable to come due to illness, ability, distance, or bad roads.

More information will be in the Pileated Post and through our occasional Fly-By newsletter (sign up below!)

Amazon Smile

Sign up for AmazonSmile before Christmas shopping and benefit FAS. A portion of each purchase goes to FAS when you select them as your recipient. AmazonSmile is now available in a shopping app for iPhone and Android users. Find out more of how to enable these features by going to the Amazon Smile page and clicking on the "Available in the App" link.

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!

It's densely packed like peanut butter suet and can be yours by signing up below*.

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Catch all of the Latest News here!!

Conservation Educator’s Niche – January 2022

by Denny Olson It has been an unforgettable year. The uncertainty of COVID and all of its variants has us all wishing for personal contact, more mobility and that calming feeling of being safe from invisible and unpredictable forces. It doesn’t help that, just when we are seeing a glimmer of light on the horizon,…

Owen Sowerwine Educational Research

by Denny Olson In the summer of 2017, Flathead High School International Baccalaureate Students Conrad Hedinger, Molly Adams and Sarah Randolph did increment borer fieldwork aging black cottonwood trees at 16 plot points in a grid pattern at Owen Sowerwine Natural Area (OSNA). The casual observation suspicion that cottonwoods were not regenerating very well was…

January 2022 Chirps and Squawks

Highlights from the December 6, 2021 Board of Directors Meeting Rod Wallette, Treasurer, reported that WCF has discontinued the Day of Giving fundraiser, he is seeking bids to renew the FAS insurance policies, and the Montana Audubon Wildlife Grant application will be submitted. Rod also initiated continuing discussion about investments/endowments at WCF, and it was…

Flathead Audubon Turns 45

by Linda Winnie In December 1976 the Bigfork Bird Club voted to turn itself into an Audubon Chapter named the Flathead Audubon Society. The first meeting of this new organization was held in Bigfork in January 1977, 45 years ago. Officers were elected, and the group began gathering the 35 new members it needed to…

Ring-billed Gull

by Darcy Thomas I know. Gulls have a reputation. People take exception to them for many reasons. One of my favorite stories is told by my own husband. “I got a couple breakfast jacks at Jack in the Box and went to the lake to enjoy a picnic. As I was eating one of the…

Controlling Non-native Vegetation in Owen Sowerwine Natural Area

by Pam Willison, Co-Chair OSNA During 2021, volunteers spent nearly 300 hours in Owen Sowerwine, doing work to remove or control plant species that are not native. The efforts were primarily directed toward cutting Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) and February Daphne (Daphne mezereum) bushes, and removing seed heads from noxious weeds, particularly houndstongue, Canada thistle,…

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