Sacajawea Audubon
26May/13Off

June 1st Field Trip – Mission Creek

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew

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. Car-pooling 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 Wild Turkeys, listen for warblers, and 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.

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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20May/13Off

May 25th Field Trip – Kelly Canyon

Western Kingbird  (photo by L. Harris)

Western Kingbird (photo by 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.

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16May/13Off

Beginning Birding Workshop with Ashley Martens

BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP   (This workshop is FULL with a waiting list. There is a possibility that it might be expanded to accommodate more people.  Stay tuned.)

Ever wonder who exactly is singing “Cheeseburger!” outside your window in the wee hours of the morning?  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 May 28, 31, and June 1st.  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.

Tues, May 28 & Fri, May 31        6-8pm        Bozeman Library Small Community Room

Saturday, June 1                           7-10am       Sourdough Nature Trail (Goldenstein trailhead)

Cost:  $40 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $50 for non-members. Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Ashley Martens at 42 Hitching Post Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715.

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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14May/13Off

May 18th Field Trip – Mount Ellis

Vesper Sparrow   (photo by L. Harris)

Vesper Sparrow (photo by L. Harris)

Leader:  John Parker, 586-5863

(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 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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12May/13Off

Headwaters IBA Bird Census – May 18th

Please consider joining us this Saturday, May 18th at the Headwaters State Park for our second 2013 Sacajawea Audubon IBA census.  We'll meet at 8:00 am at the Visitor's Kiosk across from the campground.  The weather has warmed and this count should be excellent as a result!
For questions or to sign-up for this opportunity to participate in citizen science please contact me at 406-581-7202 oranniesisk@gmail.com.

Best, 

Annie Sisk
Headwaters IBA Citizen Science Coordinator 

Sacajawea Audubon 
10May/13Off

International Migratory Bird Day Activities Planned in Livingston

2013 International Migratory Bird Day

Black-headed Grosbeak  (Photo by L. Harris)

Black-headed Grosbeak (Photo by L. Harris)

Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas!

Come join the fun with the Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston Adult Community Education, and Links for Learning! Learn more about our fine-feathered friends through free lectures and field trips presented by experts in avian resources. This year’s theme details all aspects of a migratory bird’s life, from nesting and migration to breeding and raising young. Habitat conditions in one season may affect the survival and nesting success of birds in another. From winter habitats to migratory stop over sites and quality nesting sites – all influence nesting success which starts the cycle all over again! Refreshments, including bird-friendly shade-grown coffee and cookies will be served during the evening of lectures. All IMBD offerings are open to community members of all ages.
Free lectures to be held at Washington School, 315 N. 8th Street, Livingston

Friday, May 17 – 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Short-Grass Prairie Birds!

Presenter: Beth Madden, Wildlife Biologist and Rachel Feigley, US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist

Join us for some quality bird watching near Big Timber in short-grass prairie and other unique habitats. We will hit birding hot spots on routes within Sweetgrass County and try to identify as many species as possible. Options for possible viewing include longspurs, sandhill cranes, raptors, waterfowl, and migratory songbirds. No fee. Meet at the Yellowstone Ranger District, Big Timber Office, 225 Big Timber Loop Road.

Friday, May 31 – 7:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Bird Banding Demonstration!

Presenter: Neil Travis, Master Permit Holder, Federal Bird Bander

Come and observe a working bird banding station! Neil is back again and will be banding birds at a local spring creek using mist nets. The technique of bird banding will be demonstrated as participants see birds being removed from the nets, the actual banding process, and observe birds in the hand. Participants may be allowed to hold a living wild bird after it has been banded prior to its release – a great trip for young and old alike! No fee. Meet at the Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston Office, 5242 Hwy 89 South.

IMBD offerings are open to community members of all ages. Please sign up for evening lectures and field trips through the Livingston Adult Community Education website @ www.livingstonace.org. For more information, call Rachel Feigley, Yellowstone District Wildlife Biologist, at 222-1892 or 823-6064 or go to the Gallatin NF website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin/ !

Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas

9May/13Off

May 11th Field Trip – Headwaters State Park

Western Meadowlark   (by L. Harris)

Western Meadowlark (by L. Harris)

May 11th:  Headwaters State Park

Leader:  Martha Collins, 586-9478 or 579-0506

(1/2 day trip; easy walking)

The Headwaters area includes a variety of habitats, including sage/grassland and riparian, so anything from waterfowl to sparrows can occur.  One of the unique features of the Headwaters area are the limestone cliffs, which support several cliff nesting species such as Prairie Falcons and White-throated Swifts.  The park, which is situated along the Missouri River corridor, is an ideal location to observe early spring migrants. Those wishing to meet at the Headwaters area contact the trip leader. 15 person limit.

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May 13th – Sweet & Savory Social / Costa Rica Trip Slideshow

Sacajawea Audubon’s Annual Sweet and Savory Social and a “Birding Costa Rica” slide show

Come join the annual Sacajawea Audubon Society Sweet and Savory Social Monday, May 13th, at  7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join Sacajawea Audubon and share their interest in birding and conservation. The evening will include a Sweet and Savory Potluck Dinner, a sharing of bird sightings, and a slide show of 'Birding in Costa Rica', a Montana Audubon tour.

Hope Lutheran Church

2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman

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