Missoula Birding

Birdathon

The Birdathon is Five Valleys Audubon’s annual fundraiser to support our conservation and education efforts. We seek pledges from Chapter members, and others, of so much per bird species observed or a flat amount. This year, we have one team that will be doing a Big Day, which will be a midnight to midnight attempt to find as many species as possible in Montana. After the full day of birding is completed, a letter will be mailed out as a reminder to honor your pledge and it will include a list of the birds that were seen or heard by the team.

Your tax-deductible contributions will be used to support the following Chapter activities:

  • Audubon Adventures, a newsletter and lesson guide for teaching environmental education in elementary grades 3-6.
  • Wildlife conservation projects that protect habitat in Missoula County, particularly in the Clark Fork River – Grass Valley Important Bird Area. We inform Missoula citizens, landowners, developers, and City/County planners of the special importance of habitat in this area for birds and other wildlife. We review all subdivision proposals in Missoula County and testify at hearings in favor of adequate protection of riparian areas.
  • Community Naturalist Program, a Chapter program that includes classroom presentations and field trips for grades 3,4, and 5, and birding workshops.

If we missed you by phone, please consider a contribution to FVAS (you can use the Donate button at left) and we will mail a species list to you. We certainly appreciate your support.


Montana 2018/19 CBC Summary

Montana’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) #119 was cold and fairly snowy at most sites, and ushered in a rather brutal winter season state-wide. With some adjusting of count days, however, all 34 circles completed their counts and reported their data, a first for this number of count circles. Continue reading

2019 Field Trip Schedule

Preliminary field trip schedule for 2019 – see our calendar for up-to-date details Feb 2   Deer Lodge Valley Feb 23   Mission Valley Mar 23   Metcalf NWR Apr 6   Ninepipes (Short-eared Owls) Apr 27   Brown’s Lake May 19 (Sun)   Bandy Ranch … Continue reading

Free birding software

Pete Thayer offers free bird ID and life history software for Birds of North America for young birders As of September 21, 2018 any young birder in pre-K, grade school, middle school or high school will be able to download the new version … Continue reading