Please bring your scopes and join us for a trip to Ronan for a unique opportunity to bird an area that contains habitat and old growth forest like before the Mission Valley was logged. John Jarvis who manages the land says the birding is great, and we should see a variety of species. They have approximately 100 Wood Duck boxes installed, and they can have anywhere between 50 and 100 Wood Ducks nesting on the site at one time. It is possible to see Sandhill Cranes, Pileated Woodpeckers, Humming birds, Swans and numerous others.
Nestled in the scenic Mission Valley between Flathead Lake and Nine Pipes Wildlife Refuge, the thirty-acre Montana Waterfowl Foundation is on a major migratory path for waterfowl. The Foundation grounds range from dense forest to marshy bottomlands and include nine ponds of varying sizes.
Once we have had our fill of birds at Mud Creek, we will head over to Kicking Horse Ponds. These ponds, like Mud Creek Rehab, need scopes and Audubon rarely visits these ponds. So, all of you with scopes please bring them along and if you only have binoculars please join us as many Audubon folks are willing to share views through their scopes as well as their knowledge.
This is an all-day trip, please plan accordingly with clothing, food and drink. We will gather 7:20 a.m. at the Snow Bowl parking just north of the gas station on Grant Creek Rd., near the interstate. Those who wish to meet us in Ronan, we will be at the Cenex on the south side of town at 8:30 a.m.
For more information call Rose Stoudt 406-880-8060.