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.

December 2014 – May 2015

Christmas Bird Count
Dec 20 all-day

Five Valleys Audubon will conduct the Missoula Christmas Bird Count on Saturday Dec 20th, 2014.

If you would like to participate in the field count, contact Larry Weeks at 406-549-5632 (406-540-3064 cell) or If you are interested in being a feeder watcher, contact Rose Leach at 406-370-1999 or (and you can read our printable information for feeder watchers here).

The Count will end with a potluck dinner at the home of Larry Weeks, 2428 West Kent. Dinner will commence at 6:30 PM. Bring your favorite potluck dish, or A-L, bring a salad or dessert, and M-Z, a hot dish. After the potluck, we will tabulate the results of the field count.

Program Meeting – Pesticides and plants and birds @ UM Gallagher Building, room 123
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Yvette Ortega will talk about the Chipping Sparrow:Pesticide degredation of plant communities affecting bird-food chain

This is the annual joint meeting of the Five Valleys Audubon Society and the Clark Fork chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. To accommodate the larger audience this meeting will be in Room 123 of the Gallagher Building.

Program Meeting – Long-Eared Owls @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Denver Holt will talk about Long-Eared Owls and their status in Western MT

Program Meeting – Funding for Wildlife Conservation @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dan Pletscher will present Funding for Wildlife Conservation

Here is some background on Dan, who is recently retired from the College of Forestry and Conservation:

The work I do that could fall into the category of ecological restoration deals with endangered species and occurs through the Wildlife Biology Program. Our work in the 1980s and 1990s on wolves and their prey (primarily deer, elk, and moose) was used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their Environmental Impact Statement dealing with the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho. My graduate students and I have also worked or are working on characteristics of sites where wolves have killed livestock (with an eye toward reducing conflicts), the recolonization of wolves in the Alps of Italy, impacts of wolves on other predators, and impacts of wolves on their prey in Alberta.

My students and I have worked on other endangered, threatened, or rare species, including argali in Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China, wild yak in China, markhor in Pakistan, wolverine in Montana, coyotes/lynx in Montana, and desert bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Some of these projects revolve around basic biology, but most address pressing conservation issues where humans are a part of the problem (and hence also must be a part of the solution). Successful ecological restoration will require sound ecological knowledge as well as an ability to understand and work with people. I cannot imagine a better laboratory to study ecological restoration than The University of Montana.

Program Meeting – Sage Grouse @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ben Deeble will talk about Sage Grouse

details TBD