Montana Audubon at Work

presented by Janet Ellis

Join Montana Audubon’s Senior Director of Public Policy, Janet Ellis, on Monday, October 9 at 7 PM at the United Way Conference Room, Gateway Community Center, US Hwy 2 West, Kalispell. Janet will talk about four issues that Montana’s Audubon’s policy program is working on: the Montana Legislature—upcoming issues and hot topics; the state’s sage-grouse conservation program; wind farms, siting and birds—assessing the impacts; and an update on the proposal by the Lake County Conservation District to have the state of Montana take over management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest. Four stories, each told in 10 minutes. Questions will be welcome! The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Janet Ellis – Photo Credit: MT Audubon

Janet Ellis has coordinated Montana Audubon’s public policy and legislative work on behalf of Montana’s wildlife and wildlife habitat since 1983. She became Montana Audubon’s first staff person when its office opened in 1989. Janet has received several awards for her work, including “Conservationist of the Year” from the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Montana Audubon; a 2016 “Lifetime Award for Conservation and Clean Energy Achievement” from the National Wildlife Federation; and a “Special Achievement Award” from the Montana Native Plant Society.

She holds a degree in biology from the University of Montana. In 2014, Janet began a new adventure by running for elected office: she now serves in the Montana Legislature as a Representative of HD 81 during legislative sessions.