by Kay Mitchell, FAS President

Dancing Crane – Photo Credit: John Winnie

We did it! As the Pileated Post goes to press, Flathead Audubon has just passed the $10,000 mark for our fundraising pledge to the Flathead Land Trust for the West Valley Wetlands Project. Thank you, everyone, for donating money or sale items, passing the word, supporting, and cheering each other on!

With the addition of an anonymous pledge matching our donations 1:2, we will exceed our original pledge and help establish the conservation easement to protect ponds in the West Valley, home to hundreds of bird and animal species and staging grounds for the Flathead’s Sandhill Cranes. This was a huge leap, to “put our money where our mouths are,” but for what better cause? Thank you, thank you, for showing how much you value our local birds and their habitat!