By Shannon Donaldson

Flathead Audubon is hosting a series of four Family Friendly Events for kids this summer. All events will be held the third Saturday of the month, May through August, beginning at 9 AM and wrapping up between 11 AM and noon. Geared toward children who are interested in birds and nature, these outdoor events will all include a fun activity or craft and a short birding walk. Binoculars will be available for loan. Bring your kids, or grandkids, and spread the word! Space is limited. If you would like to attend, or for more information, please contact Shannon Donaldson at

 May 18 – Tally Lake. Join us for a special kids hike at the FAS Tally Lake Warbler Weekend. We will have a chance to discover different types of warblers and three of the four species of chickadees that inhabit Montana. 

June 15 – Creston Fish Hatchery Visit Jessup Mill Pond in Creston and enjoy a short bird walk in a terrific educational forest. It is a great spot to see Kingfishers

July 20 – Pine Grove Pond Take a trip to Pine Grove Pond where  there is a nice walking path around the pond and there’s a good chance we’ll get to see Osprey fishing!

August 17 – River’s Edge Park Join us at River’s Edge Park in Columbia Falls for a fun morning of birding and activities.

In addition, be sure to head up to Lone Pine on the second Saturday of September: 

September 14 – Lone Pine State Park.  Flathead Audubon will host the 15th Annual Birds of Prey Festival at Lone Pine State Park.  This Festival includes lots of kid friendly activities including bird hikes, educational booths, live raptors on display, and face painting. It is an event you don’t want to miss. Save the date!