FREEZOUT LAKE AND THE SNOW GEESE MIGRATION 2023
March 26 - March 27
Snow Geese will soon move from the wintering grounds to their arctic nesting areas. They stop over at Freezout Lake WMA near Choteau to rest and feed for a few days before continuing their northward journey. Flathead Audubon should go visit them!
We will meet on Sunday, March 26 at 10 AM at the parking lot of the old K-Mart in Evergreen. Bob Lee will provide a suggested schedule and route. We will proceed to Choteau, birding along the way. We should arrive in time for some afternoon goose watching. After a night around Choteau, we will head back out to Freezout just before daybreak on Monday to watch the “mass ascension” of geese from the ponds and try to locate birds in the local agricultural fields. After the morning’s birding, you can return to Kalispell in the afternoon at your own pace.
In recent years, there have been an extraordinary number of people congregating to watch the goose phenomenon. There is no indication of how many might be there this year. Please make your own arrangements for lodging. Primitive camping is available at the Freezout WMA; if there are lots of people, these sites may fill up quickly. Motel options include the Stage Stop (406-466-5900), Gunther (406-466-5444), and Big Sky (406-466-5318). An Airbnb cabin is also available in Bowman’s Corner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please make your reservations early as these places will likely fill up quickly. For more information, contact Bob at RML3@centurytel.net or 406-270-0371.