Highlights from December 4, 2017 Board Meeting

  • The field trip schedule for the Montana Audubon Bird Festival is complete and will be sent to Helena by January 1, 2018.
  • A grant application for the purchase of an iPad for the Hawk Watch was discussed.
  • A work party is cutting the invasive species, European highbush cranberry, in OSNA.
  • Glacier Bank is donating $1250 to help pay for the MA Bird Festival in June.

Great Backyard Bird Count

You Can Be Part of the Team, Every Bird Counts

The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held February 16-19, 2018. The GBBC is a free, fun and easy event that engages bird appreciators of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations around the world. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes or spend the day( as long as you wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and then report their sightings on line at birdcount.org. All the instructions to participate are at this website, along with lots of bird-wise information and a photo contest you can enter. Anyone can take part in the GBBC, from beginning bird watchers to experts and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. If you know a local teacher in the valley, consider FAS Adopt-a-School (or classroom) program. The GBBC is  a great way to engage young people in the world around them. For more information about the GBBC and how you can participate, contact Kathy @ 837-3837. Become a Citizen Scientist in your own backyard. You count, every bird counts!