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Birds in the Spotlight

Tricky Finch Identification

With the Christmas Bird Count coming up one of the things on your mind will no doubt be how to tell those pesky finches apart – you know, the ones that all kinda look the same. The folks at eBird have put together a handy guide that goes into the details to help you separate a House Finch from a Purple Finch from a Cassin’s Finch. You can download their 6-page pdf by clicking on the image below…

eBird finches

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Recent Field Activities

Great Gray Owl at Maclay Flat

great gray owl

Sixteen hardy bird-seekers navigated the icy trails and the trees at Maclay Flat today in wet weather but not the heavy rain and high winds forecast – they arrived about an hour after we were done. The highlight of the … Continue reading

Lee Metcalf NWR Field Trip

marsh wren
photo by Pat Little

by Terry McEneaney… On March 30, 2013, a group of over two dozen participants traveling in two waves descended on Lee Metcalf Refuge to shake off the winter cobwebs. Collectively we tallied slightly over or near 66 species of birds. … Continue reading

Freezout Lake Field Trip

snow geese at Freezout Lake

by Terry McEneaney… The year 2013 marks my 45th year of going to Freezout Lake to view the spring migration of Snow Geese. Interestingly enough, 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of my book Birding Montana. My how time flies. … Continue reading

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Other Bird Happenings Around Missoula

2015 Phil Wright Research Awards

The Philip L Wright Memorial Research Awards are offered to encourage student-initiated research in wildlife-related subjects, and to support what might be their initial effort at field research. In 2015 the awards committee received proposals from ten University of Montana … Continue reading

“Pledge To Fledge”


Hey, you birders out there… From April 25th to April 29th, birders across six continents will inspire a broader public appreciation for birds by bringing friends and other non-birders out to truly see and enjoy birds for the first time.  These birders will share their efforts with … Continue reading

Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count

The 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) runs from  February 15th thru February ­18th 2013. Participating is easy: Simply watch birds for at least 15 minutes at the location of your choice on one or more of the count days, estimate the … Continue reading

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