Earth Day 2022 Celebration Field Trip at Creston Fish Hatchery

by Darcy Thomas Everybody had a bird they wanted to see and I think everyone got their wish today at the Creston Fish Hatchery. Ten birders watched an Osprey  at its’ nest and later watched as the same Osprey dove at a Bald Eagle in another tree a couple of times before the later flew…

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Getting to Know Owen Sowerwine Natural Area – Part 2

by Dan Casey Important Bird Area Status Last month we began a series of articles describing the characteristics, history, and management status of the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area (OSNA). This month we examine its status as an “Important Bird Area”, a designation that carries with it no legal protection, but that recognizes the value of…

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Glacier National Park CBC 2021 Results

by Lisa Bate Glacier National Park (GNP) held its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Twenty-two participants contributed to this event by covering 10 different routes in Glacier. Participants spent the day counting all bird species and individuals detected. The weather was overcast with light winds, and temperatures ranged between 29…

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Smith Lake Field Trip Report – September 2021

by Darcy Thomas A morning of bird watching at Smith Lake in Kila was very successful September 8 with  eleven birders joining Darcy Thomas around the lake. Two were visiting from out-of-state and the youngest was only 5 years old. It was a bit chilly at 41 degrees when we started but warmed up comfortably…

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Birds of Prey Week Workshops – Fall 2021

by Kathy Ross To kick off activities for Flathead Audubon Birds of Prey week, workshops were held at Montana Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center on September. 11 and 14. The enthusiastic participants enjoyed a wealth of information about the most abundant migrating raptors of Jewel Basin Hawkwatch site. A beautiful Sharp-shinned and a Coopers hawk,…

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Smith Lake Field Trip 9-8-21 Report

by Darcy Thomas A morning of bird watching September 8 at Smith Lake in Kila was very successful. Eleven birders joined leader Darcy Thomas; two were visiting from out-of-state; the youngest was 5 years old. It was a bit chill at 41 degrees when we started but warmed up comfortably later in the morning. A…

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Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center Presentations

by Kathy Ross Flathead Audubon and Wild Wings Raptor Recovery Center hosted two informative presentations on birds of prey at the Wild Wings facility. Despite thick smoke, masks and cool temps, 25 participants joined Wild Wing’s volunteers and their feathered educational ambassadors for a close up look at the raptors key field markings and wild…

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