Sacajawea Audubon
23Feb/13Off

Raptor ID Workshop & Field Trip – Presented by Steve Hoffman

Gyrfalcon - Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Gyrfalcon - Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Presented by: Steve Hoffman, Executive Director, MT Audubon and founder of HawkWatch International

Friday, March 8th - Workshop, 7-9 p.m. Bozeman Public Library

Saturday, March 9th - Field Trip, 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Museum of the Rockies

Have you ever wanted to sharpen your raptor identification skills? If so, this is the workshop for you! On Friday evening Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all raptor (e.g., hawks, eagles, falcons, etc.) species wintering in the Gallatin Valley. Steve’s illustrated talk will include a description of the many plumage variations (including subspecies and color forms, as well as age and sex variations) of the more common and observable species. Helpful behavioral clues will also be incorporated. Eagles, falcons and the “buteo” hawks (such as Red-tailed Hawks) will be emphasized. Participants will then go into the field (north of Bozeman) on Saturday to practice their newly-developed skills. Steve’s presentation will be especially valuable for “intermediate” and “advanced” raptor watching enthusiasts, although beginners will also find this workshop quite helpful. The Friday night presentation will start at 7 PM and last till 9 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library’s small conference room.

Saturday morning’s field trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies at 8:30 am, and leave at 8:45. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring any necessary drinks or snacks for this 4-5 hour trip. If you have a spotting scope that you can bring, that would be helpful. There is a $20 fee and 20 person limit for the workshop and field trip. Advance reservation and payment is required.

For more information and to make reservations please call John Parker at 586-5863.

14Feb/13Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – March 2nd

Its time to do our annual late winter bird survey on the Madison Valley IBA. This year's survey will take place on Saturday, March 2nd with the hopes that we will find lots of raptors still hanging around the valley. Last year's survey surprised us with some early migrants-- Killdeer, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, and a Gull as well as 12 species of waterfowl using the open edges of Ennis Lake.

We will again meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Cafe in Ennis at 7:15 a.m. if you want to eat breakfast there, or a little later if you don't need breakfast. We will want to leave the cafe for our bird counts by 8 AM. We should be done and ready to leave by noon.

We hope you can join us and help to add to the data base for the IBA. If you can come or have questions please call Paulette at 406-580-6186 or email her at bigskyepples@msn.com.