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BIRDING AT NORTH SHORE FLATHEAD LAKE WPA
February 5 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PMfree
Join Shannon and Bridger Donaldson on Sunday, February 5 from noon-3 PM for an afternoon of birding along Flathead Lake’s north shore at the
Flathead Waterfowl Production Area. Encompassing over 1,800 acres, the WPA is a wonderful mix of habitats. Although February is one of the slower birding months, the north shore keeps a nice variety of birds all winter. We are likely to see eagles as well as both Rough-legged and Red-tailed Hawks. American Tree Sparrows are also possible in the thickets and you never know who might pop up in or around the frozen marsh areas. Closer to the lake, there is a great mix of Ponderosa pine, aspen stands, birch, and larch trees where it is possible to
find chickadees, all three of our native nuthatches, and a variety of woodpecker species. The dense thickets along the sloughs provide great cover for birds such as Long-eared Owls. We will be able to make it out to the frozen lake shore. A spotting scope would be handy if you feel like packing one along to get a closer look at the waterfowl on the lake. We will be walking a minimum of 2.5 to 3 miles through snow on mostly level, bootpacked trails, but keep in mind the lakeshore is quite icy and there are a couple of slopes we will encounter.
Please wear good boots and bring ice cleats and/or snowshoes. There are no restrooms available. To sign up,
please contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-261-3466.