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To conserve birds, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem diversity in northwest Montana, through education and conservation programs.
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Birds of Prey Festival this September 14th!


The 15th biennial Flathead Audubon and Lone Pine State Park Birds of Prey Festival will be back this year at Lone Pine on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH! The main activities and presentations will happen from 9 AM to 1 PM, but there will be an early-bird watching hike starting at 8 AM. 

This year the headline presentation will be Glacier Park Biologist Lisa Bate and videographer BJ Worth showing amazing footage of the hatching, growth and development and fledging of a Golden Eagle chick in the Park! That project is continuing this year with another Eagle pair in a different location. 

Also, the new Jewel Basin Hawk watch video produced by BJ and FAS Conservation Educator Denny Olson will be premiered, telling the 15-year story of the fall migration count on Aeneas Ridge. 

Wild Wings will be back with live raptors! 

As usual, there will be lots of kid’s crafts activities in the lower pavilion and many educational booths spread near the Visitor Center. 

Where you should bird in the Flathead?

This is an exciting time of year to be out birding. Songs are still being sung and chicks are fledging! Where to go? Check out our Birding Hotspots page for some ideas and head over to the Flathead portion of eBird to see what other birders are finding nearby!

What’s life like monitoring Arctic nesting shorebirds?

Anna Von Duyke has spent the last five years monitoring nesting shorebirds in the Arctic. Ever wondered what it would be like to be dropped off in the middle of the Arctic to spend a few months finding nests, aging eggs, and seeing caribou? Anna took us through it all with wonderful storytelling, beautiful photos, and snapshots of her journal (complete with watercolors). Check out her presentation here!

Get your Flathead Audubon Swag here!

We’re excited to announce the availability of hats to show your Flathead Audubon pride! Trucker hats, thermal beanies, and visors can be purchased online or at our general meetings and are available for pickup at the meetings. Find all of the apparel in our Shop.

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

If you are new to Flathead Audubon (or have been around for a bit) and want to get involved there are many ways you can become active in the chapter. Here is a quick list of some of those ways:

  • Help with our education events for kids and families
  • Help with environmental issues that impact birds, wildlife, and habitat
  • Write a Bird of the Month or other piece for the newsletter
  • Help with the broadcasting of our monthly meeting on Zoom
  • Lead a field trip to your favorite birding hotspot
  • Join the board of directors in our important work

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!

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!!

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