Our May potluck and silent auction are some of our favorite events of the year. We enjoy seeing everyone, eating together, and having time to visit before the summer break. 

Join us on Monday, May 13th, for our celebration of the Owen Sowerwine Conservation Easement. First nominated as a State Natural Area in 1974, and passing through a variety of lease and license holders through 2024, the natural values of this important 442-acre piece of river corridor and wildlife habitat have been protected for 50 years through conservation management. This 50-year journey has now culminated with the purchase of a Conservation Easement on Owen Sowerwine by the Flathead Land Trust this year, finally providing the Area with permanent conservation protection. 

The speakers for the evening will talk about the work and the partnerships that made this achievement possible. Laura Katzman from Flathead Land Trust, and Anne Moran from the Montana Department of Natural Resources will summarize their organizations’ involvement. Kay Mitchell will speak about the early years of protecting Owen Sowerwine, and the Whitefish Community Foundation’s role in securing the easement. Pam Willison will recount Flathead Audubon’s land management efforts at Owen Sowerwine. Denny Olson, Flathead Conservation Educator, will talk about the educational services that have been provided at Owen Sowerwine for students and adults. Don’t miss this chance to honor and celebrate a remarkable journey.

The meeting will also include bird sighting reports and election of FAS Officers and Board Directors.

We will meet in Room 26 of the Gateway Mall (United Way building). This room is on the east side of the building along Glenwood Drive in Kalispell. Look for our banner hanging outside.

There will not be a virtual component to this meeting due to the number of planned activities.

  • Monday, May 13, 2024
  • Doors open at 5 pm.
  • Potluck Dinner starts at 6 pm.
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 pm.

Please bring your own plates, utensils and cups. There is no sink to wash dishes so prepare accordingly. Be sure to arrive early enough to look over and bid on silent auction items! 


The annual Silent Auction at the Flathead Audubon May Potluck is the perfect time to gather all of the valuable “stuff” that you might be able to live without. We’re looking for bird books, outdoor gear, artwork, live bedding plants, bird houses and feeders of all kinds, and homemade pies and cookies. Please be prepared to take your items home if they do not receive a bid.