Field Activities Archives

2019 Field Trip Schedule

Preliminary field trip schedule for 2019 – see our calendar for up-to-date details Feb 2   Deer Lodge Valley Feb 23   Mission Valley Mar 23   Metcalf NWR Apr 6   Ninepipes (Short-eared Owls) Apr 27   Brown’s Lake May 19 (Sun)   Bandy Ranch … Continue reading


On our 2015 Christmas Bird Count, on December 19th, Jim Brown found a Fieldfare a few miles west of Missoula. This is the first record of the species in Montana. This picture of the bird is from Forrest Rowland’s facebook … Continue reading

Great Gray Owl at Maclay Flat

Sixteen hardy bird-seekers navigated the icy trails and the trees at Maclay Flat today in wet weather but not the heavy rain and high winds forecast – they arrived about an hour after we were done. The highlight of the … Continue reading

Lee Metcalf NWR Field Trip

by Terry McEneaney… On March 30, 2013, a group of over two dozen participants traveling in two waves descended on Lee Metcalf Refuge to shake off the winter cobwebs. Collectively we tallied slightly over or near 66 species of birds. … Continue reading

Freezout Lake Field Trip

by Terry McEneaney… The year 2013 marks my 45th year of going to Freezout Lake to view the spring migration of Snow Geese. Interestingly enough, 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of my book Birding Montana. My how time flies. … Continue reading

Mission Valley field trip

On the morning of Sunday, December 2nd, when I drove into the UM Field House parking lot, I wondered whether anyone would show up. It was a rainy, windy day and the forecast was to remain that way all day. … Continue reading

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding

We had a great field trip today with Denver Holt of Owl Research Institute. Denver and his crew were banding saw-whet owls at Maclay Flat and we got to watch them do the measurements and put the bands on the … Continue reading

Jewel Basin field trip report

Dan Casey has been conducting a hawk watch from a ridge overlooking Jewel Basin in the Swan Range, NE of Bigfork, since 2008. Every year, his team has counted over 2,000 migrating hawks of up to 17 species, so  it … Continue reading