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Sharp-shinned Hawk in flight - Photo courtesy BJ Worth


Jewel Basin Hawk Watch is flying high!

We're in the thick of our annual Hawk Watch migration counts up in the Jewel Basin. The end of August begins our annual (almost) daily treks up to our Hawk Watch site up at the Jewel Basin. This continues through the months of September and October, and as deep into November as the road and trail are safe to pass. While it's been a bit of a slow start, we expect things to really ramp up in the second half of September with some cooler weather.

If you're interested in helping observe (no experience necessary, head over to the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch page and find out how you can help the efforts. You can see a live tally of the birds on the Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Dunkadoo 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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Flathead Valley Bird Report – October 2022

 by Dan Casey Rare and Notables – Summer Hot conditions early in the period, and smoky conditions later may have contributed to a relatively lackluster migration period; many shorebird locations had dried up, and birders were perhaps staying at home a bit more! Nevertheless, some good finds included the season’s first Herring Gulls, Anna’s Hummingbirds,…

October 2022 Program – Costa Rica: A Birder’s Paradise

presented by Joshua Covill From lush lowland rainforests to high misty mountains, Costa Rica is home to over 800 bird species, making it a birder’s paradise! Josh Covill’s presentation will take us through what birding in Costa Rica is like, touching on the amazing biodiversity, where to go, what to look for, and how to…

Sandhill Crane Presentation at West Valley Naturalists

by Linda deKort West Valley Naturalists are back with presentations at West Valley School (2290 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell). Laura Katzman, Land Protection Specialist with Flathead Land Trust, will talk about the Sandhill Cranes which grace our valley each fall when hundreds of them refuel at a staging area in the West Valley on…

October 2022 Jewel Basin Hawk Watch Update

by Dan Casey We have counted 660 raptors of 16 species during our first 21 surveys (through Sept 17th). Migration has been relatively slow to pick up, perhaps due to stable high pressure and smoke. This has been only the second time we have gone this deep into the migration season without recording a daily…

September 2022 presentation on the research that led to the creation of the Noatak Natural Preserve

At our September 2022 General Meeting, our very own David Manuwal regaled his adventures as a young scientist studying birds in the virtually unexplored and very wild Noatak River drainage in northern Alaska in the early ’70s. His research, as well as that of other scientists on the expedition from a variety of disciplines, helped…

Going Batty Field Trip 2022 recap

by Darcy Thomas and Kathy Ross “Going Batty” was finally back this year with a surprising, uncommon bat guest. A Townsends Big-eared Bat was a special treat for bat biologists and participants, young and old. The enthusiasm for bats was shared by all! Thanks so much to Leslie Kehoe for once again letting us share…

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