Calendar

Note: the color of each event’s title and date denote the event’s category – green for field trips, purple for member meetings, brown for classes, and black for others.

September – December 2015

Sep
14
Mon
Program Meeting – Bird Alarm Calls @ UM Gallagher Building, room 122
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Erick Greene will tell us about why “It is hard to be a hawk: Distant early warning systems about danger in the woods.” Dr. Greene has been studying the way bird alarm calls propagate through the landscape and are used as a form of communication between species.

For background, please see this NY Times article about Erick’s research.

Please note the different venue – it is room 122 in Gallagher building, on the first floor.

Sep
19
Sat
Ninepipes & Kicking Horse @ NW corner UM Adams Center parking lot
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

An all-day field trip to Ninepipes and Kicking Horse Reservoirs.

Meet in the NW corner of UM Adams Center (Field House) parking lot at 8am for carpooling. Back in Missoula by 5pm. Bring a lunch.

For more info call Terry Toppins at 214-1194.

Beginner Bird Walk @ Lee Metcalf NWR visitor center
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our bird walk, every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am – Noon, to discover, identify and revel in the aesthetics of the Bitterroot Valley landscape. All are welcome, the more eyes, the better the chances of finding cool wildlife…we don’t ignore plants and other animals :-)

The Refuge has recorded over 240 species of birds; this is no anomaly because the Refuge has good quality and variety of habitat open to the public. Times of day and year determine what species will be found; most likely every field trip will see different birds. We’ll help you learn how to identify the birds (and whatever else we encounter), and how to get the most out of binoculars and bird guides.

No special gear needed – just dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. The Refuge will provide loaner binoculars, guide books and spotting scopes for a quality birding experience.

Oct
3
Sat
Frenchtown Mill @ NW corner UM Adams Center parking lot
Oct 3 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Five-hour field trip to the old Smurfit-Stone Plant to look for late migrating shorebirds and early winter arrivals.

Meet in the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 8:30 am or at the intersection of Mullan Road and Pulp Mill Road at 9:00 am.

For more info call Terry Toppins at 214-1194.

Oct
10
Sat
Golden Eagles @ NW corner UM Adams Center parking lot
Oct 10 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

All-day field trip to Rob Domenech’s golden eagle banding sites west of Lincoln.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

The trip involves steep 2-mile hikes to reach the banding stations. It will be limited to 9 participants; 6 will go to the Nora Ridge site and 3 will be going to the Roger’s Pass site. Participants will meet in the northwest corner of the Adams Center parking lot at 6:00 am.

For more information and to make a reservation, call Larry Weeks at 549-5632 or 540-3064.

Oct
12
Mon
Program Meeting – Communicating with Wings @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Robert Niese will tell us about Non-Vocal bird sounds/ Communicating with Wings.

Robert is a PhD student at the UM – you can read more about how he sees the world on his blog So Much Science.

Oct
17
Sat
Beginner Bird Walk @ Lee Metcalf NWR visitor center
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our bird walk, every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am – Noon, to discover, identify and revel in the aesthetics of the Bitterroot Valley landscape. All are welcome, the more eyes, the better the chances of finding cool wildlife…we don’t ignore plants and other animals :-)

The Refuge has recorded over 240 species of birds; this is no anomaly because the Refuge has good quality and variety of habitat open to the public. Times of day and year determine what species will be found; most likely every field trip will see different birds. We’ll help you learn how to identify the birds (and whatever else we encounter), and how to get the most out of binoculars and bird guides.

No special gear needed – just dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. The Refuge will provide loaner binoculars, guide books and spotting scopes for a quality birding experience.

Nov
9
Mon
Program Meeting – Victoria Dreitz @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Victoria Dreitz is Assistant Professor in the Wildlife Biology Program at UM, and Director of the Avian Science Center. Her topic is TBD.

Nov
21
Sat
Beginner Bird Walk @ Lee Metcalf NWR visitor center
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our bird walk, every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am – Noon, to discover, identify and revel in the aesthetics of the Bitterroot Valley landscape. All are welcome, the more eyes, the better the chances of finding cool wildlife…we don’t ignore plants and other animals :-)

The Refuge has recorded over 240 species of birds; this is no anomaly because the Refuge has good quality and variety of habitat open to the public. Times of day and year determine what species will be found; most likely every field trip will see different birds. We’ll help you learn how to identify the birds (and whatever else we encounter), and how to get the most out of binoculars and bird guides.

No special gear needed – just dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. The Refuge will provide loaner binoculars, guide books and spotting scopes for a quality birding experience.

Dec
14
Mon
Program Meeting – Tom Martin @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tom Martin will talk about TBD (probably something to do with bird evolution).

Tom serves as Assistant Unit Leader (Asst Director) of the USGS Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, and has joint appointments on the faculty of both Wildlife Biology and Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Montana.

Dec
19
Sat
Beginner Bird Walk @ Lee Metcalf NWR visitor center
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our bird walk, every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am – Noon, to discover, identify and revel in the aesthetics of the Bitterroot Valley landscape. All are welcome, the more eyes, the better the chances of finding cool wildlife…we don’t ignore plants and other animals :-)

The Refuge has recorded over 240 species of birds; this is no anomaly because the Refuge has good quality and variety of habitat open to the public. Times of day and year determine what species will be found; most likely every field trip will see different birds. We’ll help you learn how to identify the birds (and whatever else we encounter), and how to get the most out of binoculars and bird guides.

No special gear needed – just dress for the weather and bring water and a snack. The Refuge will provide loaner binoculars, guide books and spotting scopes for a quality birding experience.