Sacajawea Audubon
17Jul/150

Volunteers Needed to “Knock Out Burdock!”

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Photo courtesy of Paulette Epple.

Join Sacajawea Audubon members working this summer to eradicate burdock from some of our favorite trails.  This nasty introduced plant has Velcro-like seed heads that entrap songbirds, slowly causing their deaths .  You may know burdock from brushing against it and getting the burs caught in your hair, your clothes, or your dog's fur.  Lucky for us this plant is a biennial and so it is possible to gain control of it without the use of chemicals.  If we can keep a stand of burdock from setting seed by clipping off the seed heads early, it will eventually die out.

Audubon volunteers will be leading work groups to clip the seed heads throughout the month of August and WE NEED HELP!  Join us if you can at any of these dates and locations:

  • July 29        The "M" Trailhead
  • August 1     Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead
  • August 2     Gallagator Trail (meet on Garfield Street where it intersects the Gallagator Trail)
  • August 5     Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead
  • August 12   Story Mill Community Park  (park along Story Mill Road just south of the Story Mill)
  • August 15   Sourdough Trail in Bozeman  (meet at Tuckerman Park on Goldenstein at the south end of the trail)

We will meet each morning at 7:30 am.  Bring pruning clippers if you have them and wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants, all of fabrics that burs wont adhere to.  Plan to work for an hour or two.  Whatever time you can afford.  With your help, we will "Knock out Burdock"!

Contact Paulette Epple  at  bigskyepples@msn.com    or   580-6186  for more information.

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17Jul/150

Reel In & Recycle – Monofilament Recycling Program Event, July 26th

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8Jul/150

Photos From the Bluebird Trail

Mtn Bluebird nestlings

Mtn Bluebird nestlings

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Mountain Bluebird at box.

 

A couple of photos taken on the Rocky Mtn. Road bluebird trail, 7/7/15.

Top: One day old nestlings waiting to be fed.

Middle:  A male Mountain Bluebird celebrates a newly installed nest box.

Bottom: A male Mtn. Bluebird exits a box after feeding nestlings.

Photos by Lou Ann Harris.

 

 

 

 

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3Jul/150

And The Winners Are . . . . .

2015 SAS Birdathon Awards 

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Most $$ Raised by an Individual - Evelyn Acton, $1,517.00

Most Pledges - Evelyn Acton, 30

Most Species Seen - Wingnuts, 141 species (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)

Most Species Seen, Half-Day - Wild Bird Women, 35 species (Debi Naccarto, Angela Van Slyke, Deb Lewis, Mary Lou Wild)

Most Species Seen in an IBA - Oblivious Sage Hens & Strutters, 110 species at Red Rock Lakes (Loreene Reid, Sharon Hanton, Karin Jennings, Carol Anderson, Bob Swien)

Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen) - The Executives, 138 magpies (Lou Ann Harris, Loreene Reid, Paulette Epple, Evelyn Acton)

Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) - Wingnuts, 85 raptors (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)

Mentor Award - Paulette Epple

Best Bird - Wingnuts, Black Tern (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)

 

 

28Jun/15Off

Birdathon Awards Party – July 2nd

BirdathonAwards1The annual Birdathon Awards Party will be held Thursday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the East Gallatin Recreation Area picnic shelter.  Drinks, snacks and desserts will be served.  Awards to be handed out include:  Most Species Identified, Most $$ Raised, Rookie Award, Sitting Duck Award, Carbon Neutral Award, Mentor Award, Best Bird Award, Most Pledges Collected, Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) and Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen).

All Birdathon team members and their families are invited, as well as chapter members.

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25Jun/15Off

Rocky Mountain Rd. Bluebird Trail Field Trip – June 28th & 29th

Mt Bluebird pair  (L. Harris)

Mt Bluebird pair (L. Harris)

➢June 28 and 29: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Leaders: Janne Hayward 587-6124 jannehayward@juno.com , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585 montlou311@gmail.com
(1/2 day)

Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds. Join bluebirders Janne Hayward and Lou Ann Harris, as they check bluebird nest boxes and band adults and nestlings along Rocky Mountain Road. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the lives of these amazing birds, including nest building, egg laying and raising young. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, we are limiting these field trips to 8 participants.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

24Jun/15Off

Beginning Birding By Ear – with Ashley Martens

Western Meadowlark   (by L. Harris)

Western Meadowlark (by L. Harris)

BEGINNING BIRDING BY EAR in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

A singing bird inspires you. Sometimes it’s enough to simply enjoy the song, and sometimes you’d like to learn more. Who’s singing? Why? It is a “call” instead of a “song?” What’s the difference? In addition to the who and why, birds can tell us if there's a fox hiding in the brush, a person about to run down the trail, a sharp-shinned hawk about to fly through. Come learn to identify some common local birds by song and call, and learn the 5 voices of the birds as well as some alarm patterns. !

Thurs, June 25th 6-8pm Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 27th 7-10am Field trip
Cost: $35 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $45 for non-members.

Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Sacajawea Audubon, P.O. Box 1711, Bozeman, MT 59771-1711. Contact Ashley at ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register. Maximum 10 students. Supply lists will be provided upon registration.

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24Jun/15Off

Mission Creek Field Trip – June 27th

Green-tailed Towhee  (L. Harris)

Green-tailed Towhee (L. Harris)

➢June 27: Mission Creek
Leader: Robin Wolcott 581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
(mostly driving with light walking on roads)
(Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)
After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson’s parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 AM and then leave from there at 7:45 AM. Car-pooling is essential.

In the rolling prairie just east of Livingston we will seek McCown’s Longspur and Long-billed Curlew. Along Little Mission Creek we will watch for riparian species, then search for residents of the spruce/fir forest. On our return along Mission Creek we could find a Cordilleran Flycatcher or a Golden Eagle. Over 130 species have been seen along this route including Sprague’s Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, Green-tailed Towhee. Spectacular views, abundant wild flowers, and wildlife make the trip through the northern foothills of the Absaroka Mountains a trip to remember. 18 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

 

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8Jun/15Off

Montana’s Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns – June 19th

➢June 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns

Leader: Tom Forwood at 406-570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com

Check out Montana's two species of Nightjar, the Common Nighthawk and the more elusive Common Poorwill. The park is known for some of its interesting breeding bird species and the Poorwill is one of the more unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so at dusk to check out some of the arid country daytime species such as Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees and Rock Wrens. Once it gets dark we will look for high flying Nighthawks and low lying Poorwills with the possibility for some owls and several bat species as well. We will meet at the park's campground parking area at 8:30 PM for a 90 minute to 2 hour walk. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and layering clothing for changing conditions are recommended. 15 person limit

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6Jun/15Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 24th

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 24th (Wednesday)

The birds are all back now so its time to survey our IBAs and document the breeding birds in the area. The great numbers of waterfowl will be gone and instead we will be challenged to count up all the warblers, flycatchers, swallows, orioles, grosbeaks and Sandhill Cranes (101 seen on last year's June count). This count will take place on a Wednesday, June 24th, to avoid the weekend recreationists on Ennis Lake. Since daylight comes early now we will be meeting earlier too. We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café in Ennis and be ready to head out for the survey at 7 am.

If you can help, email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186.