Town Bound Birding Series

FVAS is excited to host the Town Bound Birding Series. Once a month from April to September, we will host a bird watching event at a local hotspot. Our goal is to have a good time exploring the wildlife at these easy to access sites, all of which are in the Missoula Valley. Extra points if you bike or take the bus to get there! Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to point out the different species and answer questions. All are welcome! Participants are encouraged to meet for fun conversation afterwards at a nearby coffee shop.

Greenough Park Sunday April 10th 8-10am

  • Meet at the southernmost parking lot on Monroe Street. We will walk along the paved and unpaved trails looking for American Dippers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Bohemian Waxwings & more.
  • Apres-bird hangout at Bernice’s Bakery (190 S 3rd St W)

Kelly Island Sunday May 15th 8-10am

  • Meet at the Kelly Island Fishing Access Parking lot (4854 Spurgin Rd). We will traverse the unpaved paths through the forests and river banks in search of Wood Ducks, Ospreys, Kingfishers, & more.
  • Apres-bird hangout at The Trough (2106 Clements Rd)

Fort Missoula & Quarry Sunday June 12th 8-10am

  • Meet at SW parking lot where Guardsman Lane & Green Guidon meet. We will search the Bitterroot River, Quarry, woods, and fields for Bald Eagles, various Grebes, Great Blue Herons, & more
  • Apres-bird hangout at The Trough (2106 Clements Rd)

River Trail Sunday July 17th 7:30-9pm

  • Meet outside of Bernice’s Bakery (190 S 3rd St W). We will walk along the paved Milwaukee Trail. The highlight of this midsummer evening outing will be watching dozens of Common Nighthawks hunting insects overhead! We can also hope to see Common Mergansers, Osprey, and other riparian birds. 
  • Impromptu apres-bird hangout 

Maclay Flat Nature Trail Sunday August 14th 8-10am

  • Meet in the parking lot (Forest Rd 19155). We will walk the unpaved trails looking for White-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Northern Shovelers & more.
  • Apres-bird hangout at The Trough (2106 Clements Rd)

Council Grove State Park Saturday September 10th 8-10am

  • Meet in the parking lot (11249 Mullan Rd, Missoula, MT 59808). We will walk on unpaved trails in search for Cedar Waxwings, Western Wood-Pewees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, & more.
  • Apres-bird hangout at Black Cat Bake Shop (2000 W Broadway St)

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