by Cindy and Tom Roberts, Flathead Audubon Education Committee Co-Chairs

Available Now!  The Flathead Audubon Education Committee and our conservation educator, Denny Olson, have had to retool how we provide educational opportunities to the public.  As announced in previous articles, Denny, with the help of committee members, created three videos encompassing the most significant ideas and issues around birds. These videos, Birds Rock!, Bird Trouble, and Bird Help, can be accessed here.

Coming Soon!  Education committee members are working to scan paper copies of teaching documents included in our Flathead Audubon Educational Trunks to share online with educators and others wanting to learn more about birds. As part of this effort, FAS Education Ambassador and volunteer extraordinaire Shannon Donaldson has been busy scanning and digitizing hundreds of pages from the Riparian Wetlands, Chickadee Who’s Who, Hummingbirds and Snowy Owl trunks. Thank you Shannon!

These resources will be made available on the FAS website to help teachers bring a more local specific twist to their lessons. The online resources will include:  Chickadee Who’s Who: Bird ID Basics, Owls of Montana, Snowy Owls, Riparian Wetlands: Birds and the River, Common Birds of the Flathead, Hummingbirds, and Cavity Nesters.  

Always!  We would like to encourage educators to continue to enlist the help of conservation educator, Denny Olson. In December, Denny met virtually with a second grade class at Hedges Elementary in Kalispell, doing a ZOOM presentation with resources mentioned above. Denny can be reached at