Sacajawea Audubon
30Jun/12Off

2012 Birdathon Awards Announced

Ashley Martens, daughter Sadie & son Oliver receive their Carbon Neutral Award

The 2012 Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon Awards were handed out June 28th at a party held at East Gallatin Recreation Area.  A small but enthusiastic group turned out for the festivities on a beautiful summer evening.  The awards are as follows:

Most Money Raised By An Individual - Erika Epple, $225

Most Pledges By An Individual - Erika Epple, 19

Most Species Identified - Paradise Peregrines, 143 (Peter Norlander )

Most Birds Identified in an Montana IBA - Oblivious Sage Hens & One Strutter , 79 (Loreene Reid, Matt Reid, Sharon Hanton)

Sacajawea Audubon Award for Most Flickers - Birdaholics, 21 (Paulette Epple, Deb Louttit, Chuck McKay, Erika Epple)

Montana Audubon Award for Most Magpies - Wing Nuts, 176 (Paulette Epple, Scott Hancock, Martha Collins, Vickie Backus)

Best Bird Award - Burrowing Owl, seen by the Birdaholics

Carbon Neutral Award - Striking Grackles (Ashley Martens, Oliver Palmer, Sadie Palmer, Marilyn Palmer), 45 miles driven

Mentor Award - Paulette Epple

Rookie Awards - Barbara Geller, Wano Urbonas, Oliver Palmer (age 7), Sadie Palmer (age 4), Erika Epple, Deb Louttit, Chuck McKay

Birdathon rookies, Sadie & Oliver Palmer

 

Paulette Epple enjoys a beautiful evening at the awards party

This year's Birdathon raised over $3,000 by eight teams.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!  Special thank you to Norm Bishop who served as our judge for the Best Bird Award.

23Jun/12Off

Madison Valley IBA Summer Bird Survey – June 27th

Birders needed!  The summer bird survey for the Madison Valley IBA has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27th.  Meet at Ennis Pharmacy cafe at 7 a.m. (earlier if you want breakfast).  The survey concludes around noon.  If you need more information, please contact Paulette Epple at bigskyepples@msn.com or 580-6186.

19Jun/12Off

John Parker Awarded 2012 Citizen Scientist of the Year

John Parker accepts Citizen Scientist of the Year Award

John Parker  - Montana Audubon 2012 Citizen Scientist of the Year

Although birdwatching is a hobby for many, it can also be an important source of information about Montana’s birds. When birdwatchers carefully record and catalog data on the time, environmental conditions, and location birds seen, as well as nesting behaviors—and then take the time to input this data into eBird or the Montana Bird Distribution system—this information is extremely helpful for Montana’s scientists and resource managers.

This record keeping of wildlife by volunteers is commonly called “citizen science.” Citizen Scientists have been around for a very long time, lending a helping hand to researchers around the world. They are particularly critical for our knowledge base on birds—especially in a large state like Montana.

Because of his important work to increase our understanding of our state’s birds, Montana Audubon would like to present John Parker with our 2012 Citizen Scientist of the Year Award. As examples of some of the Citizen Scientist projects that John has worked on:

* John has organized Bozeman-area (citizen science) Christmas Bird Counts for over 20 years. This work includes much coordination, including ensuring that there are leaders for the four counts held in the area. Annually he personally leads the Bozeman CBC, and then volunteers on at least two other local Christmas Bird Count efforts.

* In the last several years, John has spearheaded the work of Sacajawea Audubon to nominate Harrison Reservoir, located between Ennis and Three Forks, as an Important Bird Area. In this work, John has carefully and systematically documented over 155 species of birds in the area, including 30 species of waterfowl, 3 kinds of loon, 6 species of grebe, 12 raptors, 29 species of shorebirds, and 12 types of gulls and terns. Of these birds, 27 of these species are of conservation priority, with at least 23 of those use the IBA area on an annual basis. Through this work, John has shown that this 1,552 acre reservoir attracts an exceptional bird diversity including, at times, large concentrations of waterfowl and shorebirds. This information shows how Harrison Reservoir plays a critical role as one of a chain of lakes and reservoirs whose presence facilitate the movement of waterfowl, shorebirds and other migrants from the Rocky Mountain Frontthrough the semi-arid mountain valleys of west central Montana.

* John’s long-term record keeping also helped determine the boundary and importance of the Madison Valley Important Bird Area in 2006. This IBA is located south of Harrison Reservoir.

* And finally, John has contributed hundreds of records to the 6th and 7th edition of Montana Bird Distribution, most of them confirmed breeding records (Big “B”). We also understand that John is a new convert to eBird!

Montana Audubon—and Sacajawea Audubon—are honored and pleased to recognize John with this award. His interest in and commitment to increase our understanding and knowledge of Montana’s birds and their habitats is inspirational. Thank you very much, John, for all your good work.

17Jun/12Off

June 23rd Field Trip – Kelly Canyon

Green-tailed Towhee (photo by L. Harris)

June 23rd:  Kelly Canyon

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 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.

** This summer, check the Sacajawea Audubon website for leader's choice field trips in late July and August. **

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17Jun/12Off

Birdathon Reminder – Deadline June 24th

A friendly reminder that you need to complete your Birdathon by June 24th to be eligible for awards/prizes to be given June 28th at the East Gallatin Recreation Area.  Team reports need to be submitted by June 26th.  Awards include:  Most Species Identified, Most $$ Raised, Carbon Neutral Award, Best Bird Award, Sitting Duck Award & Rookie Award.  The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. with drinks and desserts.  All Birdathon team members are encouraged to attend.

 

Birdathon Report Form 2012

16Jun/12Off

Mission Creek Field Trip Report

SAS Field Trip to Mission creek

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11Jun/12Off

June 16th Field Trip – Mission Creek

 

Lark Bunting (by L. Harris)

Leader:  Robin Wolcott  581-5418           (Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)

After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson's parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 a.m. and then leave from there at 7:45 a.m.  Carpooling is essential.

In the rolling prairie we may find McCown's Longspur, Long-billed Curlew, and raptors.  In the Mission Creek Valley we will watch for residents of the spruce forest.  On the return trip we may see Lark Buntings.  We have seen over 110 species along this route, including Sprague's Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, and Broad-winged Hawk.

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4Jun/12Off

“Wings Across the Big Sky” Bird Festival – June 8th thru June 10th

Wings Across the Big Sky Bird Festival

MT AUDUBON'S ANNUAL BIRD FESTIVAL

WINGS ACROSS THE BIG SKY

JUNE 8 - 10, 2012. KALISPELL, MONTANA

Co-hosted with Flathead Audubon Society.
Co-sponsored by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks,
Flathead National Forest, and the US Bureau of Reclamation. Thanks to all our many sponsors
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Join us for a fun and educational festival! We are planning diverse field trips Saturday and Sunday in the Flathead Valley and beyond, and great speakers and presentations. The festival will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Kalispell.

Questions? Contact Larissa Berry; 406-443-3949

3Jun/12Off

Lewis & Clark Caverns Field Trip – June 9th, 2012

Western Meadowlark (by L. Harris)

 

June 9th:  Lewis and Clark Caverns

Leader:  Tom Forwood  406-287-3541

Meet at 8 a.m. at the main (lower) visitor's center for a walk around the grounds of the caverns.  50 species of birds have been seen on this five-hour trip and some interesting ones have turned up!  Contact the leader for more information.

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1Jun/12Off

June 2nd Field Trip – Sourdough Nature Trail

Black-headed Grosbeak (Photo by L. Harris)

June 2nd:  Sourdough Nature Trail

Leader:  Angie Kociolek  406-209-2570        (3-4 hour trip; easy walking)

After leaving the MOR parking lot, this trip will begin at the Goldenstein Lane entrance.  The trail is an easy, level stroll following Sourdough Creek.  This trip is at the peak of spring migration so we should see and hear a variety of flycatchers, thrushes and warblers.  Some of the neotropic birds nesting here are Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, and Black-headed Grosbeak.  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 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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