Sacajawea Audubon
1Jan/170

Bird Photography Classes for DSLR with Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich

Bird Photography - Level I for DSLR cameras only

This class is for those of you who want to get out of Program or Auto modes and learn how to shoot wildlife/birdlife in Aperture Priority mode. Learning where your functions  lie within the menu and on the camera plus understanding the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed, and F stops & reading the histogram  are key ingredients in this level.

The class instruction includes:

 3 lectures of 2.5 hours each with” hands on” in class instruction  & possible outside shooting(weather permitting) plus a combined lecture and 4-5 hour field trip

Minimum: 4 people, maximum 10 people at $115 each (SAS Member), $140 each (non-member)

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 24 and MARCH 2 and 4

TIMES:  THUR (both dates), FRI  5:30-8pm; SAT 10-2pm

DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP WITH THIS CLASS ISMONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

 When you sign up you MUST have your own camera & mention your camera “Brand” and the Model such as Canon T3i plus which lenses you have. NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED.

**To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Nelson via email (preferred) at s.n.mayfly@gmail.com, or call (406) 587-3052. Payment will be required prior to the class.

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Bird Photography - Level II for DSLR cameras only 

This class is for those with DSLR cameras who shoot in Manual or Aperture Priority & understand the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed, and F stops. This workshop stresses how to get correct EXPOSURE and working with LIGHT QUALITY & your position to your subject.

 The class instruction includes:

 3  lectures of 2.5 hours each with” hands on” in class instruction  & possible outside shooting (weather permitting) plus a combined lecture/field trip of 4-5 hours.

 Minimum: 4 people, maximum 10 people at $115 each (SAS Member), $140 each (non-member)

DATE: MARCH 8, 9, 10, 11

TIMES: WED, THUR, FRI -5:30-8pm; SAT 10-2pm

 DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP WITH THIS CLASS ISMONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

 When you sign up you MUST have your own camera & mention your camera “Brand” and the Model such as Canon T3i plus which lenses you have. NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED.

**To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Nelson via email (preferred) at s.n.mayfly@gmail.com, or call (406) 587-3052. Payment will be required prior to the class.

Carol Polich has been widely published in the USA and internationally with her photos and travel adventure stories since the early 1990’s. She not only continues to travel and work with a variety of publishers but she also leads several photo workshops in the western USA. During the year, Polich currently teaches a variety of highly successful photography classes through the Bozeman Adult Community Education program. A list of her accomplishments can be viewed by googling her name and checking out her website.

www.wildnaturetrails.com

Photo by Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich

1Jan/170

Mark Your Calendar: 2017 Montana Audubon’s Bird Festival

FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
Wings Across the Big Sky

June 9-11, 2017 Great Falls, Montana

 

 

 

Time to begin making those summer plans! Montana Audubon’s Wings Across the Big Sky Festival, co-hosted by Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon , will be held June 9-11, 2017 in Great Falls. We invite you to spread the news and enthusiasm so we can all enjoy a fantastic celebration of 40 Years of Montana Audubon. Included in this year’s activities are amazing field trips scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. These include excursions to the Rocky Mountain Front, Benton Lake, Kevin Rim, the Highwood and First Peoples State Park, among others, with the anticipation of seeing a varied array of species and habitats, as well as some education on surveys and conservation issues.

Festival headquarters will be located at the Best Western Heritage Inn. This venue will provide excellent opportunities to display our 40 years of history, Saturday afternoon presentations by Montana Audubon past and present programs, an outdoor barbeque to kickstart the anniversary celebration and this year’s festival, our keynote speaker, and a Saturday evening banquet dinner.

Each month we will continue to feature developing news on the 2017 Bird Festival. Registration will begin in March. Stay tuned!

For more information contact Montana Audubon’s Bird Festival Coordinator, Cathie Erickson: cerickson@mtaudubon.org.

1Jan/170

Photography Workshop with Tom Murphy – May 12th & 13th, 2017

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21Dec/16Off

SAS Board Letter to the EPA Regarding the Berkeley Pit

Snow Geese at Freezeout Lake (L. Harris photo)

 

The Sacajawea Audubon Board of Directors recently drafted a letter to the EPA Superfund Manager regarding the recent death of thousands of snow geese on the Berkeley Pit.  This letter was also sent to several newspapers around the state and has been published in 3 so far.  Please click on the link below to read the letter.

SAS Letter to EPA

 

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15Dec/16Off

January 9th Program

Veracruz River of Raptors Project

Monday January 9th, 2016 at 7pm

Hope Lutheran Church

2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Steve Hoffman recently retired as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, serving in this capacity for more than decade (2006-2016). He has devoted his entire 38- year career to wildlife conservation. After 10 years of government service (mostly as an Endangered Species Biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the American Southwest), Steve founded HawkWatch International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to monitoring and conserving hawks, eagles and other raptors across the American West (he launched the Bridger Raptor Migration Project in 1991). Steve moved to Bozeman more than 12 years ago from his birth state of Pennsylvania. He has authored more than 35 scientific papers on raptor migration ecology & conservation, and endangered species management. Steve has given dozens of presentations on the identification, migration and conservation of raptors to diverse audiences throughout the US and abroad. He earned his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (Logan, UT) in 1979.

Steve will present an overview of the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), located near the Gulf Coast in eastern Mexico. This project was developed to monitor the largest raptor migration on Earth (4-6 million raptors of >20 species are tallied each autumn). As co-founder of the project, Steve will summarize how VRR was launched, and will provide an overview of key findings from this remarkable 25-year raptor population monitoring effort. Steve will also highlight his upcoming fall 2017 birding tour to Veracruz (through Merlin Birding Tours), including opportunities to view this absolutely stunning raptor migration spectacle; participants will also enjoy many other diverse birding experiences in central and southern Veracruz - over 300 bird species may be observed on this trip!

Sacajawea Audubon meets every 2nd Monday of the month, September through May. Our meetings are held at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th). Come for the social, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A short chapter meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the program following after. Our programs are free and open to the public.

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8Dec/16Off

Support SAS this Holiday Season through Amazon Smile

If you do your holiday shopping online and use Amazon, you can support our chapter by using the Amazon Smile website.  Your purchases will generate donations for Sacajawea Audubon.

Holiday shopping is easy with Amazon's Holiday Gift Guides. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Sacajawea Audubon Society.

Gift Guide Link: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fbrowse.html%3Fnode%3D12745394011&ein=81-6012429

Give it a try and support bird conservation in Southwest Montana!

 

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16Nov/16Off

2016 Christmas Bird Count Schedule

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Come join the fun on one of our area’s Christmas Bird Counts. The Christmas counts, started in 1900, are an opportunity for beginning and expert birders to get together and enjoy this holiday tradition.


Ennis

Wednesday, December 14th

Compiler: Robin Wolcott (406) 581-5418

pajaros@wewolcotts.com  email preferred

Meet at Yesterday’s Café in the Ennis Pharmacy, by 7:30 AM or sooner for breakfast

Bozeman

Saturday, December 17th

Compiler: John Parker (406) 586-5863

conundrumjp@gmail.com

Meet at Perkins Restaurant, 2505 West Main, in Bozeman, between 7-7:30 AM

West Yellowstone

Sunday, December 18th

Compiler: Brad Barth (406) 640-2628

barth.brad@gmail.com

Meet at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, in West Yellowstone at 8:30 AM

Livingston

Sunday, December 18th

Compiler: Sally MacDonald (406) 223-9167

smacbirder@msn.com

Meet at the Northern Pacific Beanery, in Livingston between 7:00-7:30 AM

Yellowstone            

Sunday, December 18th

Compiler: Woody Martyn (406) 224-1476

woodymartyn@hotmail.com

Meet at the Yellowstone Grill, in Gardiner, at  7:00 AM

 

Three Forks

Monday, December 26th

Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432

tforwood@mt.gov  email preferred

Meet at Wheat Montana at exit 274 at 8:30 AM or by 8:00 for breakfast

 

Ruby Valley

Wednesday, January 4th

Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432

tforwood@mt.gov  email preferred

Meet at 8:30 location to be announced


For more information, contact the area count compilers. Please Contact the area compiler before the count, as this will give them the opportunity to plan and organize the count before the

16Nov/16Off

Dec. 8th- SAS Book Group- Wild America

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The SAS Book Group is meeting December 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church

Join them as they discuss, Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague. The Legendary Story of Two Great Naturalists on the Road. Roger Troy Peterson and James Fisher

The group meets every 6 weeks, usually at Hope Lutheran Church, but not always. All are welcome, but if you are coming for the first time, please contact Adele Pittendrigh at 587-7710 or email, adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com.

12Nov/16Off

December 12th Program

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Conservation Easements:

The Work of the Montana Land Reliance

Monday December 12th, 2016 at 7pm
Hope Lutheran Church
2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Conservation easements are one of the most powerful tools to accomplish habitat protection for birds and other wildlife. Join Sacajawea Audubon in welcoming Kathryn Kelly of The Montana Land Reliance and learn about the basic process and benefits of creating conservation easements, the work of The Montana Land Reliance (MLR), and projects that are protecting various habitats for raptors, sage grouse and other birds.

We’ll explore the many intersections between the missions and work of Sacajawea Audubon and The Montana Land Reliance and discuss ways in which we can work together to increase conservation and protect more bird habitat lands.

Sacajawea Audubon members have already had connections with MLR through field trips to the Woodson Ranch/Ruby Habitat Foundation in the Ruby Valley and the Granger Ranches in the Madison Valley; both MLR protected properties.

Kathryn Kelly is the Greater Yellowstone Manager with The Montana Land Reliance (MLR), Montana’s statewide land trust. She works with landowners to create conservation easements on private lands in the Greater Yellowstone region of Montana. Her additional duties include education and outreach

programs, building support for the organization and private land conservation, donor development and fundraising. Kathryn was raised on a ranch on the banks of the Gallatin River outside Bozeman. She lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years and is an alumni of the University of Alaska where she majored in biology. Kathryn had a successful career in real estate, title insurance, escrow administration, management, and teaching in California’s Bay Area before returning home to Montana. She’s been a longtime activist addressing the increasing development pressure in the Gallatin Valley, protecting the Gallatin River system and agricultural water rights. Before joining the Reliance in 2014, Kathryn was involved with MLR for many years as a supporter and education and outreach volunteer. She and her parents donated conservation easements on the family ranch to MLR in 2001 and 2007. The Kelly Ranch has been the site of two Sacajawea Audubon field trips in 2015 and 2016.

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Sacajawea Audubon meets every 2nd Monday of the month, September through May. Our meetings are held at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th). Come for the social, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A short chapter meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the program following after. Our programs are free and open to the public.
11Nov/16Off

2016 SAS Mountain Bluebird Trail Summary

Photo courtesy Lou Ann Harris

Photos courtesy Lou Ann Harris

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Sacajawea Audubon 2016 Bluebird Trail Summary

Overall, 2016 was a productive year for Mountain Bluebirds.  A total of 676 bluebirds fledged from nest boxes on our 6 monitored trails.  181 boxes were used out of 272 available.  The remainder were used by tree swallows and house wrens.

Because of a relatively mild spring, the bluebirds began laying eggs over a week earlier than usual.  Even a mid-May snowstorm didn’t slow them down.  The Rocky Mountain Road trail had it’s earliest-ever nestling, found on May 4th.

On the Pass Creek Rd./Rocky Mountain Rd. trails, we banded a total of 310 birds, 268 nestlings and 42 adult females.  We also recaptured 8 females, a couple of which had been banded as nestlings the previous year.  It’s nice to know they are coming back to nest in their natal area.

Predation of nests was up from previous years.  The Rocky Mountain Rd. trail had a total of 24 predated nests (up from 18 last year).  The Pass Creek trail had 34 nests predated (up from 32 last year).  The causes were varied: snakes, raccoons, weasels, kestrels & house sparrows.  In fact one box was found to have a complete house sparrow nest built on top of a dead female bluebird.

One of the most interesting events of the nesting season was an epic battle between a resident male bluebird (whose mate and nestlings had died), and another bluebird pair for the occupancy of Box 70 on Rocky Mountain Road.  The three birds were so engrossed in their fight that they were oblivious to our presence and even slammed into my car on two occasions.  In the end, the new pair won out and successfully raised six fledglings.  And we thought bluebirds were such gentle creatures!

We took a total of 22 people out on the bluebird trails this summer, including 10 on the June 12th field trip.  Everyone loves to see those little bluebird nestlings and hold one in their hands.

The bluebird nest box sponsorship program was a great success, and we plan to do it again for 2017.  Following is a complete report of the success (or failure) of each box, along with its sponsor.  Please click on the link below for the full report.

Lou Ann Harris

2016 SAS Bluebird Trail Report