Attend our monthly chapter meeting to hear Larry Weeks and Rose Leach talk about the Christmas Bird Count. We will meet in Room 110 of the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) on the University of Montana campus.
Each December, our Chapter participates in National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC). At this chapter meeting Larry Weeks will talk about the Missoula count area and review some Winter bird ID tips for our participants for this year’s count, taking place on December 18, 2021. It is always a fun and rewarding experience, and you do not need to be an expert to join us. Anyone can participate. You just need to contact Larry (406-549-5632, 406-540-3064 cell or moc.liamgnull@aenegswb) and he will match you with an experienced group leader. You can also participate by being a feeder-watcher. Larry will have all the information to put you in a field group or to participate as a feeder-watcher.
Following Larry’s presentation Rose Leach, Montana’s state CBC compiler, will describe unusual sightings and overall trends that can be gleaned from CBC data. All information is on-line (https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christm as-bird-count) and available to anyone for review.
Unless you are new to the area, Larry Weeks needs no introduction. But you may not know that Larry is a retired pulp and paper mill specialist, who spent most of his career at the now-closed Smurfit-Stone Container mill near Frenchtown. Larry has been active in the Chapter since the 1990s and is currently in charge of Field Trips, Audubon Adventures, Christmas Bird Count, Community Naturalist, Museum Specimen Preparation, and Continuing Education. He won the Educator of the Year award from Montana Audubon in 2016. No one understands where he gets all his energy, but we are eternally grateful.
Rose Leach is a retired Wildlife Biologist and active birder. She is Chair of the Montana Bird Records Committee, President of Five Valleys Audubon, Montana CBC compiler, an eBird reviewer, a Board Member-Chapter Representative of Montana Audubon, and Board Member of Montana Bird Advocacy.