by Kay Mitchell Some people are gentle and kind. Some are highly intelligent. Some are dedicated to good causes. Some are highly principled. Some give the limelight to others. And a few wrap these all up together and quietly become a hero. Lewis Young passed away April 9, from complications of a stroke suffered while…Read More
2023 Flathead Audubon Society Nominations Slate
by Cory Davis Each spring, FAS elects officers and directors for their dedication and leadership. This year is no exception, and we have an impressive list of candidates for consideration. FAS elects officers for a two-year term, alternating with president and vice president one year, and secretary and treasurer the next. This is the year…Read More
Flathead Audubon Society – Birdathon 2023!
by Shannon Donaldson Birdathon is back! It will be held Saturday, June 17, 2023. Birdathon is a fun and friendly competition to see who can find and identify the most bird species in a day. Everyone is welcome to participate, from beginner to expert birders. This year, we will again be birding not just for…Read More
2023 Long-Billed Curlew Citizen Science Survey part 2
by Amy Seaman, MT Audubon Director of Policy & Science Each year right around “Winter Wednesday”, or the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, we notice the days getting a little longer, and the chickadees getting a little more vocal. It also means we get excited for the return of our spring and…Read More
The Stellar Steller’s Jay
by Bridger Donaldson Anyone who spends time birdwatching in high or low elevations of coniferous forests in the Western United States and Canada are likely to see the bold and inquisitive Steller’s Jay. They do well in forests disturbed by humans, such as thinned areas and campgrounds. Maybe you have heard the Steller’s Jay as…Read More
Flathead Valley Bird Report – May 2023
by Dan Casey Rare and Notables – MAR/APR 2023 Mid-March offered its usual diversity and abundance of waterfowl, with great numbers of geese and ducks throughout the valley (despite the late ice-out). Eurasian Wigeon were seen among the flocks at many sites around the valley, from March 17through April 11. A Eurasian Green-winged Teal at…Read More
May 2023 Annual Meeting and Potluck details!
by Cory Davis Our May potluck and silent auction are one of our favorite events of the year. We enjoy seeing everyone, eating together, and having time to visit before the summer break. This year, silent auction proceeds will go toward the Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement. We’ll meet in Room 26 of the Gateway Mall…Read More
May 2023 Program – Tracking Montana’s Osprey
Presented By Rob Domenech Rob Domenech, executive director of Raptor View Research Institute (RVRI), will be the featured speaker at the Monday, May 8 meeting of the Flathead Audubon Society at 7 p.m. (There won’t be a virtual component to this meeting). His presentation will include a brief history of the Montana Osprey Project (when…Read More
April 2023 presentation on field and analytical techniques to inform avian conservation now available for replay!
At our April 2023 General Meeting, Dr. Victoria Dreitz, Director of the Avian Science Center and Professor in Wildlife Biology, shared with us her work both through the University of Montana and with the Avian Science Center. She, along with her university students and other conservation professionals, have been doing on-the-ground research of birds to…Read More
Conservation Educator’s Niche – April 2023
by Denny Olson Community Ed From my experience, and I dare say the experience of tens of thousands of naturalists, artists, poets and explorers of the outer and inner landscapes, the big reason to include “nature” in our community of teachers, is that nature includes us in her usually benevolent and sometimes harsh rules. To…Read More