Sacajawea Audubon

Fall Migration Field Trip – Sept. 12th

IMG_44691.jpgFall Migration Field Trip

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Trip Leader: Robin Wolcott 406-581-5418
Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.
September is the peak of fall migration with an amazing diversity of birds passing through Montana. This field trip will take advantage of the many birding opportunities in the Headwaters State Park and Three Forks area. The trip will last until early afternoon but let’s be prepared for anything. Bring a lunch. Bring a scope if you have one. Bring your enthusiasm and your flexibility.
To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

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Sept. Program – Tales From The Field: MT Bird Conservation and Citizen Science

We kick off our our new year of programs with a not-to-be-missed presentation by Dan Casey.

Montana bird conservation efforts have matured in many ways over the past three decades. Priorities have been established, partnerships formed, and opportunities for birders to engage in data collection and conservation action continue to increase. With new monitoring efforts, eBird, Montana Online Birders (MOB), and the upcoming “Birds of Montana” we have access to more information than ever before about our birds and their habitats. This presentation will provide examples of (and anecdotes from) this evolution, drawing from Dan’s experiences with joint ventures, Christmas Bird Counts, Jewel Basin Hawk Watch, eBird, and more. In addition to enjoying photos of Montana’s birds and habitats, the presentation is intended to inspire attendees to play a personal role in “citizen science” birding to help advance bird conservation.

imageDan Casey has been a fixture in Montana’s ornithological community for nearly 35 years. He was the primary author of the 2000 Montana Bird Conservation Plan, and received Montana Audubon’s Conservationist of the Year Award in 2006. He served 25 years as the regional editor for Montana CBCs, is a member and past Chair of the Montana Bird Records Committee, a moderator of the MOB Yahoo site, regional eBird reviewer, and co-author of the upcoming “Birds of Montana”. He has worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (16 yrs.), American Bird Conservancy (15 yrs.), and now for Ducks Unlimited as the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture Coordinator based in Billings.

The Sacajawea Audubon Society meets the second Monday of the month (September through May) at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman. We invite the public to attend our meetings and participate in our field trips.

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Sacajawea Audubon Book Group Meeting Scheduled

imageThe SAS Book Group will meet on September 14 at 6:30, right before the SAS program, to discuss the book group’s plans for 2015-16. We hope to accommodate a core group of participants as well as folks who want to attend discussions occasionally.
The proposed schedule and reading list includes six books, with discussions roughly six weeks apart on 1st or 3rd Thursdays from 5:30-6:45:

(Oct. 15) Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds. Scott Weidensaul. This will be our second discussion of Living on the Wind, with emphasis on the last two-thirds of the book.
(Dec. 3) Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists. Dyana Z. Furmansky.
(Jan. 21) Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. Scott Weidensaul.
(Mar. 3) Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the World’s Most Amazing Birds. Olivia Gentile.
(Apr 21) Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and other Wildlife. John Marzluff.
(June 2) Adventures in the Anthropocene, A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made. Gaia Vince.

We are excited about reading and discussing these books and invite everyone to get involved. The location will be announced in September. Please contact members of the steering committee for more information and to express interest and ideas for the book group. Adele Pittendrigh, 406-587-7710; Karin Jennings, 406-600-6563; Karin Utzinger 406-586-1604,

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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:

  • 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    or   580-6186  for more information.

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



Photos From the Bluebird Trail

Mtn Bluebird nestlings

Mtn Bluebird nestlings


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.







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)




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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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 , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585
(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.


Beginning Birding By Ear – with Ashley Martens

Western Meadowlark   (by L. Harris)

Western Meadowlark (by L. Harris)


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 or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register. Maximum 10 students. Supply lists will be provided upon registration.

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