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Freezout Lake Snow Geese Migration

April 2 @ 10:00 AM April 3 @ 12:00 PM

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2nd and 3rd, join Darcy Thomas to see the annual Snow Geese migration at Freezout Lake. Watch the geese on their journey from their wintering grounds to their arctic nesting areas. They stop over at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Choteau to rest and feed for a few days before continuing their northward journey. We will meet Tuesday morning, April 2, at 10am at Tractor Supply parking lot (2024 US Hwy. 2 East) in Evergreen. Darcy 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 Lake just before daybreak on Wednesday, April 3, 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 this goose phenomenon. There is no indication of how many might be there this year, although it may not be as crowded mid-week. 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 Motel (406-466-5444), and Big Sky Motel (406-466-5318). There are also possible Airbnb’s in the area. Please make your reservations early as these places will likely fill up quickly. For more information and to sign up, contact Darcy at darcy@flatheadaudubon.org or 406-407-8263.

Darcy Thomas