Missoula Birding

2019 Field Trip Schedule

birders at Lee Metcalf NWR – photo by Jean Duncan

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
May 25 & 26   Freezout & Benton Lakes
Jun 7-9   M A Bird Festival (Glasgow)
Jun 16 (Sun)   Open Cross Ranch
Jun 21-23   Bowdoin NWR
Jul 4-7   Glacier
Aug 24   Canyon Ferry
Sep 14   Pablo, Kicking Horse, & Ninepipes Reservoirs
Oct 5   Roger’s Pass (Raptor banding)
Oct 27 (Sun)   Brown’s Lake
Nov 2   Metcalf NWR
Dec 8 (Sun)   Mission Valley


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

Identifying Juvenile Sparrows

Even as adults, these “LBJs” can be tricky. To identify the juveniles, pay special attention to the flight feathers and subtle facial patterns. Here is an article from Birding magazine that gives some useful tips from experts. … Continue reading

A Field Guide to a Warmer Future

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Counts, conducted for over 100 years, have shown changes in bird distribution as our climate changes. Read about birds and a warmer future on Audubon’s website. You can also download their report as a pdf. … Continue reading

Festival Awards for Local Members

Longtime Chapter member Larry Weeks was recognized as Environmental Educator of the Year, for his outstanding commitment as our Community Naturalist for the past 13 years.  Larry is a retired pulp and paper technology engineer, who worked at the Smurfit-Stone … Continue reading