Highlights from the September 6, 2022

Board of Directors Meeting

  • The Birds of Prey Festival is on track to be held on 9/17, Jewel Basin Hawk Watch is currently being conducted, and our participation in the Great Fish Community Challenge is in full swing. It’s a busy time of year!!
  • Darcy Thomas is interested in doing research, a newsletter article, and some community outreach/education about the risks to Osprey from finding orange baling twine for their nests and then becoming entangled, resulting in injury or death.
  • Gael Bissell is gathering information about who, when and how Flathead Audubon members and officers were involved in the early development of the recently approved Conservation Easement at Lost Trail Wildlife Refuge. Several Board members attended the celebratory ceremony held in August.
  • Cindy Roberts reported the Education Committee is ready for the new school year and will be promoting the Education Kits and Videos to local educators. Denny Olson has several schools participating in the Comprehensive Bird Education Program, and he will begin classroom presentation and field trips this fall.
  • Margaret Parodi reported on field trips being planned, and is still seeking additional trip leaders so more trips can be offered.

THANK YOU to all who donated to Flathead Audubon in the Great Fish Community Challenge!

You and the Flathead community donated an amazing $27,308 by the Sept. 16th deadline; soon the Whitefish Community Foundation will add a considerable match to these contributions. We will post the total Great Fish Challenge results on our website and in the next newsletter.

Thank you! 

Cory Davis, President

OSNA Workday

  •  Saturday, October 1, from 9-Noon.
  • Meet at Kalispell Montessori parking lot (Willow Glen Drive)
  • Bring gloves and water. Questions? Pam: 406-270-0225

Visitor to Owen Sowerwine Natural Area

“I had the pleasure of exploring Owen Sowerwine Nature Preserve today. What a fantastic place! I live in Spokane and I visit Columbia Falls at least once a year and have for the last 10-15 years but this was the first I had heard about Sowerwine. Even in August in midday I could see that May and June would be crawling with birds. I had 26 species and I’d bet in June you could easily see and hear 60. You have done great work here and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you have created. I look forward to visiting Sowerwine every year. Alan McCoy Board president Spokane Audubon” (used with permission from Alan McCoy).