Member Meeting – Clark Fork River

March 11, 2014 @ 1:30 am – 3:00 am
UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Carolyn Goren

CHANGE OF TOPIC – Steve Hoffman’s talk on the Veracruz raptor migration, which was originally scheduled for this month,  has been postponed until later in the year.

Join Montana Audubon’s new Bird Conservation Associate, Amy Seaman, at our March 10th program meeting. Our meeting is again in the Gallagher Business Building, room L14 (lower level) on the UM campus at 7:30pm.

Amy Seaman will highlight the Clark Fork River, from its headwaters on down, detailing its birds, its issues, and its successes. She will also discuss how your Important Bird Area (IBA) efforts are inspiring conservation across Montana and beyond.

Many Montanans may be unfamiliar with the fact that the Clark Fork River is Montana’s biggest river by volume, traveling 310 miles as it drains a large portion of the Rocky Mountains and northern Idaho. Crossing habitats such as cottonwood gallery forests and riparian willows provide nesting habitat for over half of Montana’s 250 breeding bird species. Many are species of concern, such as Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, and Red-eyed Vireo. Some are colonial nesters, such as the Great Blue Heron. However, as many of us well know, riparian areas are limited in size, and are often unduly affected by human actions.

Amy Seaman earned her M.S in Biology in 2012, during a teaching assistantship at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying the ecology of olfaction and foraging rodents in the Eastern Sierras. Her teaching experiences are varied, but include several semesters assisting field ornithology.

Montana Audubon’s Director of Bird Conservation and Climate Policy Amy Cilimburg, will also be there to discuss new conservation initiatives happening in the Mission Valley and sagebrush ecosystems across the state. Opportunities to help us understand and conserve our birds abound.

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