Montana Audubon is known for its birding tours to great destinations, and the upcoming season promises adventures close to home. See below for 2014 tour schedule.
All tours are on a first come, first served basis. Complete trip itineraries and bird species lists are available upon request. Some trips includes a tax-deductible donation to Montana Audubon.
THE 2014 tours and DATES
Please call the Montana Audubon office 406-443-3949 for information about all tours.
Centennial Valley & Red Rock Lakes: May 30 - June 1, 2014 (FULL)
This popular weekend adventure explores Montana’s Centennial Valley and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Late May is the best time of year to visit this remote, scenic, bird-rich area (still early for mosquitoes, with optimal diversity of migrant and resident birds). In addition to Trumpeter Swans, we will see an abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, waders, grebes, songbirds, raptors and more. Your guide will be Bob Martinka.
The cost is $485/person, and includes lodging, meals, and transportation from Bozeman or Helena. A $100/person deposit will reserve your place. This trip always fills up fast, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.
View the Trip Itinerary.
Raptor weekend with steve hoffman: september 19-21, 2014
Join Executive Director Steve Hoffman for an exciting weekend to observe and band migrant hawks and eagles! On Friday we will hike to Raptor View Research Institute’s raptor banding station near Lincoln to observe the capture, banding, and release of migrant hawks and eagles. (These birds are following the Rocky Mountain Front enroute to winter feeding grounds.) We then drive through the spectacular Swan Valley to Bigfork to spend both Friday and Saturday nights. To prepare everyone for Saturday’s spectacular raptor watching, Steve will do an evening raptor identification slideshow. We shall depart early on Saturday morning and drive to beautiful Jewel Basin. From the trailhead we hike to the crest of the Swan Range for close-up, ridgetop viewing of migrant hawks, falcons, and eagles. Finally, on our return trip to Helena on Sunday we will do some roadside raptor watching.
The cost for this trip is $485/person, which includes double occupancy lodging (single supplement $100), all meals, transportation and guide service from Helena, Missoula, or possibly Bozeman. A $150/person deposit reserves your place.
Here's a Raptor Tour one-pager
Check back for the Trip Itinerary.