Montana Audubon News – March 2021

by Carmen Borchelt, MT Audubon LBCU Citizen Science Announcement Are you ready to hear the ‘currlleeee’ of the Long-billed Curlew?  Well, grab your binoculars and get ready, because it’s almost curlew season!  These charismatic shorebirds will be trickling back into the state in less than two months and we need your help finding as many…

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Eureka CBC 2016 Report

by Lewis Young, compiler The 24nd annual Eureka Christmas bird count was held on Saturday December 17 in bitter cold weather that ranged from -17F to +3F. Twelve hardy people went to the field and 16 people counted at their feeders.  Fifty-two species and 2206 individual birds were recorded.  There were record high counts for…

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Ninepipes CBC 2016 Report

by Brian Williams The Ninepipes Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, 18 December 2016.  Sixteen observers braved the single-digit weather and treacherous roads to count birds.  The deep cold made open water scarce and held our total species down a bit from 5 and 10 year averages, but we found some excellent birds.  Short-eared…

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Kalispell CBC 2016 Report

by Pete Fisher The 18th annual Kalispell Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on January 1, 2017.  Twenty-eight intrepid field observers braved wind and drifting snow to count 75 species of bird. Four feeder watchers contributed data as well. Major highlights were an Iceland Gull at the Flathead Dump and a Northern Saw-whet Owl at…

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Field Trip Report: Birding by Bicycle

By Laura Katzman and Gael Bissell. Forty people joined Flathead Land Trust, Flathead Audubon, and the Flathead River to Lake Initiative, on a sunny Saturday morning, May 14, for the 2016 spring Bike and Bird field trip. The group met at McWenneger Slough at the 412-acre Fisher property that is protected by a conservation easement…

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Field Trip Report: Mission Valley Potholes and Prairie Field Trip

By Paula Smith The morning of Saturday, April 30 was cool and cloudy.  Six birders met in Ronan for a morning of wildlife viewing on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Our trip leader, Janene Lichtenberg, Chair of the Wildlife and Fisheries Department at the Salish Kootenai College, was going to guide us in exploring some of…

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