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As part of International Hawk Migration Week, Steve Hoffman, raptor expert and former Executive Director of Montana Audubon will teach a field identification class for all skill levels on Friday, September 22nd, and lead a Field Trip to the Golden Eagle Migration Survey (GEMS) study site near Duck Creek Pass in the Big Belt Mountains near Townsend, on Saturday, September 23rd. Participants will practice identifying raptors, with GEMS observers, for several hours on Saturday.
Raptors likely to be encountered: Golden Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel. Seventeen species have been observed at this site. Field trip participants can choose either a hike of 1.4 miles, with 900-ft. elevation gain, to our primary observation site or an easy stroll of 150 yards, to our lower observation site.
Friday evening’s class will meet at Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave. from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Saturday morning we will meet in Helena at 8:00am. Carpooling and high clearance and/or 4WD vehicles are strongly recommended. Home by 5 pm. Dress for hiking and for the often cool, breezy high-mountain weather conditions (8,000ft elevation). Bring lunch, water, snacks, daypack, binoculars, camera, and a walking stick if required.
GEMS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Montana FWP, Montana Audubon, and Last Chance Audubon. All funds raised directly benefit the GEMS project. The workshop will be limited to 30 persons and pre-registration is required – early reservations are advised.
To register online: click the link and select GEMS Raptor ID Workshop from the “Gift Designation” dropdown menu. Please also include the name, email and phone number of the workshop participant in the “gift notes” section. Register here.
For mail registration, please send your non-refundable $50 check, payable to “Montana Audubon”: Montana Audubon, P.O. Box 595, Helena, MT 59624. Please put “GEMS Raptor ID” on memo line of your check. Please also include the name, email and contact information for the participant with your check.
For more information contact Montana Audubon 406.443.3949 or [email protected]
Give Back on Giving Tuesday!
Tired of over-the-top consumerism of the holidays? Montana Audubon is participating in Giving Tuesday an international movement to remind and inspire people to give back to their communities.
Montana Audubon works each day to protect native birds, other wildlife and their habitats across this wild and beautiful state we all cherish. We hope our conservation mission resonates with you!
Please take a moment to offset the consumerism that permeates this time of year and express your thanks for the natural wonders of Montana by making a donation to Montana Audubon on December 1st!
And remember, Giving Tuesday is only the beginning of the “giving season”…we appreciate your support at any time of year!
The Montana Audubon Board & Staff
It’s time for rival schools to step up to see who’s the healthiest! Support your team by taking our pledge to go healthy, and you’ll be entered to win tickets to the big game or a Fitbit. Plus, for every pledge we get, we’ll donate $1 to the Montana Audubon Center in Billings or the Flagship Program in Missoula.
It’s easy to play; just pledge to live healthier in November by eating healthfully, getting active, and reducing stress.
Join the challenge now at HealthyLifeChallenge.org
This annual raptor count at the Bridger Mountain Ski Resort is free to the public; hike up to the observation site, check out wildlife films, enjoy workshops and presentations on raptors and mingle with fellow birders. For more information about this event, click here
Come to the Bridger Raptor Festival, an annual event held in and around Bozeman! The festival, which is free to the public, centers around a raptor migration count of the largest known Golden Eagle migration in the United States which takes place at the Bridger Bowl ski area in the Gallatin National Forest just north of Bozeman.
Montana Audubon Conservation Director, Marco Restani will be the keynote speaker.
Click the button below for more information about the Bridger event.
Join Us! The Montana Audubon Center’s annual Evening Under the Big Sky is Friday, September 18 at the Yellowstone Country Club in Billings. Enjoy great food and drink, see old friends, and discover how the Center connects people with nature.
Calling All Birders! Help science with your bird observations. Did you record a list of birds on your latest outing? Become an eBird user. The Montana Bird Distribution project collects bird observations from around the state. Learn how to help.
Reports of bird sightings and outings are posted on the Montana Outdoor Birding Site.
The Montana Audubon Board of Directors has the following meetings current scheduled:
If you are interested in attending a Board meeting, contact the Helena office for details: 406-443-3949 or [email protected]
Over 30 Christmas Bird Counts occur throughout Montana every winter. This event is open to everyone, from beginner to experienced birdwatchers.
Save the date! Montana Audubon, together with Five Valleys Audubon Society, will hold our annual bird festival in Missoula in 2016.
Be inspired by great speakers, visit with awesome birders from around the state, and get outside. We’ll have an amazing variety of field trips planned, taking advantage of the many riparian and wetland areas, forests, and birding hotspots in the surrounding areas.