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30Jun/14Off

Congratulations to Paulette & Peter!

Each year Montana Audubon recognizes outstanding individuals who work on conservation in Montana.  The following people received awards at the 2014 Bird Festival in Bozeman:

Paulette Epple - Conservationist of the Year Award

Paulette Epple, the recipient of Montana Audubon’s 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award, is honored for her conservation in her local community. She is recognized for her role in protecting Story Mill Community Park, Bozeman’s newest city park. This 54-acre site is a wonderful natural area, and includes a portion of the East Gallatin River.

Paulette Epple received the Conservationist of the Year Award

Paulette Epple received the Conservationist of the Year Award

 Through this project, Paulette facilitated a budding partnership between Sacajawea Audubon and The Trust for Public Land, and she rallied Audubon members to write letters of support to the Bozeman City Commission and to deliver testimony at two public meetings during the approval process.

With Audubon membership support, Paulette has installed 13 nest boxes on the property, organized and led several field trips, and conducted bird surveys, building a bird list of over 80 species. The result? In March 2014, the Bozeman City Commission approved the Story Mill Community Park project, which is now slated to become Bozeman’s largest community park.

Paulette’s volunteer efforts and dedication are exemplary.

Peter Norlander - Special Achievement Award

Peter Norlander received this year’s Special Achievement Award as an individual who has been a committed and active volunteer for the Bozeman area chapter, Sacajawea Audubon—as well as an active member of the Montana Audubon Board of Directors.

Peter Norlander
Peter Norlander received his Special Achievement award at the Bird Festival in Bozeman.

An enthusiastic birder and mimicker of bird calls, Peter first served as Sacajawea Audubon’s programs chair, later as a Board member, and even later as president of the Board for two terms. He has led field trips out of Bozeman to look for owls and for International Migratory Bird Day; and he participates in two local Christmas Bird Counts most years.

Peter enjoys contributing to Citizen Science projects, specifically helping with bird surveys on the Yellowstone River, in Ennis, and on Hebgen Lake.

In addition, Montana Audubon has also been fortunate to have Peter’s enthusiasm as the Vice President of its Board of Directors, as well as an at-large Board member.

Congratulations to Paulette & Peter!

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30Jun/14Off

Thank You to our Local Festival Sponsors!

Calliope Hummingbird by Andrew Guttenburg

Calliope Hummingbird by Andrew Guttenburg

Sacajawea Audubon would like to give a big THANK YOU to all our local sponsors that supported the 2014 Wings Across The Big Sky bird festival, held June 6-8th:

Bozeman Tourist Business Improvement District

Owenhouse Ace Hardware

Holcim

Bridger Bowl

Big Sky Resort

Lewis & Clark Motel

Mystery Ranch Backpacks

Northern Lights

Community Food Co-op

Jim Dolan

Carol Guzman

Nicklin Earth & Water

Gallatin National Forest

Western Cafe

Allegra Printing

GranTree Inn/Best Western

 

21Jun/14Off

June 29th Field Trip – Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Mountain Bluebird fledging - L. Harris photo

Mountain Bluebird fledging - L. Harris photo

Leader:  Janne Hayward, 587-6124  **(TRIP FULL)**

(1/2 day, driving gravel roads)

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 this field trip to 6 participants.  Inclement weather will cancel the trip.  If there is enough interest, a second trip will be added Monday, June 30th.

Participants in this trip will meet at the N. 19th Rest Area at 7:30 a.m.  Car pools will be arranged there; an offer to help with gas to the driver 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.

 

20Jun/14Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Census – June 25th

 

Wilson's Snipe - Photo by Hobart Collins

Wilson's Snipe - Photo by Hobart Collins

On Wednesday, June 25th, we will conduct our next bird survey of the Madison Valley IBA to record the breeding birds currently around.  (We have moved to a Wednesday due to the recreational use on Ennis Lake in the summer.)  With all the birds back there will be a incredible diversity with over 80 species usually recorded.  Let Paulette Epple know if you can join us for a morning in the Madison Valley collecting data on our IBA.

We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café and be ready to head out at 7:00 am.  The Café opens early at 6 am for early breakfasts for those that wish to eat there.  If you can help, email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186 to let her know.

 

Yellow Warbler - Photo by Hobart Collins

Yellow Warbler - Photo by Hobart Collins

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June 14th Field Trip – Kelly Canyon

Mountain Bluebird  (L. Harris)

Mountain Bluebird (L. Harris)

Leader:  Ron Farmer, 586-3987

(driving and walking along gravel roads)

This trip passes through open fields, then climbs past dry juniper covered hillsides, mature wetlands, mixed woodlands, and eventually reaches into the conifer forest.  Bluebirds, towhees, kingbirds, hummingbirds, warblers, grosbeaks, and tanagers are just a few of the species that we should see along this route.  Four car limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m., and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the driver 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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31May/14Off

Summer 2014 Sacajawea Audubon Birding Classes

Sacajawea Audubon is again offering Beginning Birding classes in June, taught by naturalist Ashley Martens. These classes were hugely popular last year and filled up almost immediately.  If you missed out last year, this is your chance to learn how to identify the birds around you.

BEGINNING BIRDING in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

Ever wonder who exactly is that flashy tropical red and yellow bird that flits through the trees in your yard in the summertime?  Or what the little brown bird in the woodpile is called?  Or why she’s there in the first place?  To help you answer all of these questions and more, Sacajawea Audubon Society is offering a BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP on June 10th, 13th, and 14th.  Participants will be introduced to the basics of birding through 2 evening classroom sessions and 1 field trip.  The course will be taught by Ashley Martens, an experienced birder, naturalist, and outdoor educator.  Ashley’s approach to teaching birding engages all of your senses to figure out what you see, hear, and love about the wild birds around us.

Mon, June 9th & Thurs, June 12    6-8pm         Bozeman Public Library (small meeting room)

Saturday, June 14                           7-10am       Sourdough Nature Trail (Goldenstein trailhead)

Cost:  $45 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $55 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.

 

Yellow-headed Blackbird  (L. Harris)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (L. Harris)

Photo by John Harris

Photo by John 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 26th               6-8pm        Hope Lutheran Church

Saturday, June 28                          7-10am       Sourdough Nature Trail (Goldenstein trailhead)

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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Bird Walks Scheduled at Story Mill Park

Photo by Tom Munson

Photo by Tom Munson

This spring Paulette Epple and Martha Collins are leading three bird walks at the future Story Mill Community Park.  You are invited to come see this beautiful wildlife area that has been purchased by the City of Bozeman with Open Space, Parks, and Trails bond funds.

The dates of the Walks are:

Friday, May 16th

Friday, May 30th

Friday, June 13th

We will meet on Story Mill Road across from the Mill, at the head of the Story Spur Trail.  The time is 8-9:30 a.m.

Please contact Martha Collins to sign up at marthacoll@msn.com or call 586-9478.  Bring your binoculars.  Space is limited.

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28May/14Off

“Wings Across The Big Sky” Bird Festival – June 6, 7, 8

                  15th Annual Montana Audubon

Artwork by Andrew Guttenberg

Artwork by Andrew Guttenberg

               Wings Across The Big Sky Festival

June 6-8, 2014

Bozeman, Montana

Our 2014 Bird Festival is coming to the spectacular Gallatin Valley! Get ready to register and plan for this highly anticipated annual event, co-hosted by Montana Audubon and Sacajawea Audubon Society, our partner in Bozeman.  Online registration is now available at www.mtaudubon.org. 

The festival is sure to please as Sacajawea Audubon kicks off Friday with light hors d'oeuvres and a evening program starting at 4:30pm. The rest of the weekend is filled with a diversity of expertly guided field tripsSaturday's Keynote Address by John Marzluff, Ph.D (co-hosted by the Gallatin National Forest), Saturday's dynamic presentations, and other activities for all of you actively engaged bird enthusiasts out there!J Marzluff

John Marzluff will give the Keynote Address, Gifts of the Crow, a foray into what he describes as millions of years of cultural co-evolution between humans and crows. Join us as Dr. Marzluff describes humans' ongoing connection with these mischievous, playful, social and passionate birds! If that isn't enough to bring you over, his crow research was used in the documentary "A Murder of Crows" and his Raven research was featured in PBS's NATURE, "Ravens"! Further, Dr. Marzluff's research has been highlighted in the New York TimesNational GeographicAudubon, and National Wildlife. He is currently a Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, has authored over 120 scientific papers, and leads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Team for the endangered Mariana Crow.

Field trips are already filling up, so plan to register right away! Each field trip will generally be leaving the GranTree at 6:00am.  Saturday trips will return at noon, in time to see our great presentations and keynote. Sunday trip end times are generally more variable so be sure to read the descriptions closely. Participants should come prepared with their binoculars, rain gear, comfortable shoes/boots, camera, a two-way radio if possible, water and personal items. Sack lunches are available as part of your registration fee for both days. Please note that some field trips are offered both Saturday and Sunday, while others are offered only one day.

Festival Online Registration

Our Saturday presentations will get you fired up to conserve birds and their habitats as we learn from a variety highly regarded researchers, conservationists, and bird aficionados!

2014 PresentationTopics
Montana's Osprey and Toxins
Sage-Grouse conservation
Bird migration in the Middle East
A new "Field Guide to Birds in a Changing Climate"
Bridger Raptors
Birds, Beetles, and Burns

This year there is an exciting new Special Raffle for a chance to win a Texas Coast Birding Extravaganza trip! It is a premium package (valued at over $4,000) for four adults, that includes two full days of birding with local experts and three days of luxury accommodations near downtown Houston! The dates are set for April 14- 17, 2015, so get excited! This package was generously donated by John Whitmire and Susie Maclin.

In addition, there will be a Bucket Raffle, a Dessert auction, and opportunities to camp or explore Bozeman.

Finally, we know our festival travels are not without an impact! Montana Audubon is striving to become carbon neutral, and as part of a close to home solution to help offset our carbon footprint, we are starting a seed fund for solar panels at our sunny Education Center in Billings. Donate any amount, note "solar" on the donation, and we promise to turn those dollars into clean energy!

The festival headquarters and lodging will be at the Best Western Plus GranTree InnBozeman. Rooms are $99 per night and can be reserved by calling 406-587-5261. Mention that you are with Montana Audubon to get this special rate, and take time to thank them for being a supporter of our local Audubon Society!

Mark your calendars, stay tuned for details, and a big THANK YOU to our many sponsers!

 

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May 31st Field Trip – Spanish Creek

Green-tailed Towhee    (photo by L. Harris)

Green-tailed Towhee (photo by L. Harris)

Leader:  John Parker, 586-5863  (TRIP FULL)

(5 hour trip; moderately strenuous walking on forest trail, with several hundred foot elevation gain)

This trip follows Spanish Creek through the Flying D Ranch, to the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.  At the trailhead there is an interesting juxtaposition of habitats.  In one direction the trail borders the wet willow riparian area along Spanish Creek, where Willow Flycatchers and Lincoln's Sparrows nest.  While going in the other direction, the trail climbs through dry open slopes where you can expect to see Green-tailed Towhees, Brewer's Sparrows, and Lazuli Buntings.  12 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m., and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the driver 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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6May/14Off

Mt. Ellis Field Trip – May 17th

MTEllisFTMay 17th:  Mount Ellis

Leader:  Audrey Evers, (218) 742-7885 or (218) 742-4335

(4-5 hour trip; moderately strenuous walking)

We will explore a variety of habitats including grassland, aspen meadow and conifer forest edge, while we look for early spring migrants.  Some of the nesting species include Red-naped Sapsucker, Orange-crowned Warblers, White-crowned Sparrow, among others.  15 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m., and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.  Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the driver 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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