Flathead Lakers to be Recognized for Conservation Achievements

by Gael Bissell and Linda Winnie The Flathead Lakers will be presented with the Flathead Audubon Society’s 2024 partnership Conservation Achievement Recognition at the May 13 general meeting. Based in Polson, Montana, the Flathead Lakers have been hard at work for the last 65 years helping protect water quality, floodplains, and critical habitats in the…

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2024 Long-billed Curlew Surveys

by Lauren Smith, MT Audubon Communications Specialist Spring is fast approaching, and with that comes the familiar “cur-leeee” call of the Long-billed Curlew, an icon of America’s prairies. These birds depend on Montana’s grasslands for breeding and continue to decline across their range due to loss of habitat owing to development. With this decline, more…

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2024 Montana Audubon Citizen Science Projects

by Lauren Smith, MT Audubon Communications Specialist Help contribute valuable observations to science – and have a great time doing it! Montana Audubon is recruiting volunteers to help with four different surveys this year, including a new project surveying for Screech-owls. 2024 Montana Audubon Citizen Science Projects:  Curlew training is scheduled for March 26, 6:30pm,…

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mallard duck and brown duck standing on the stone during daytime

Conservation Corner – March 2024

Avian Influenza on the Rise by Carole Jorgensen Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP) has noted an increase in the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu and pigeon paramyxovirus, a naturally occurring virus that has also been documented in Montana recently. The National Audubon Society has previously discussed impacts of HPAI. The…

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Rachel Potter Awarded Lifetime Conservation Achievement Recognition

by Linda de Kort and Rosemary McKinnon Rachel Potter was presented with Flathead Audubon’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Recognition (CAR) at the October 9 FAS general meeting. Rachel grew up in Berkeley, California, where her parents took the trouble to introduce her to the “great outdoors.” She migrated to Montana with her partner, Jack, in the…

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