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24Jun/13Off

June 30th Field Trip – Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Mountain Bluebird    (photo by L. Harris)

Mountain Bluebird (photo by L. Harris)

June 30th: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Leader:  Lou Ann Harris, 406-600-3585

(1/2 day)

Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds.  Join bluebirders Lou Ann Harris, Diane Gresham and Janne Hayward 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, July 1st.  The June 30th trip is full, but there is room on the Monday, July 1st trip.

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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18Jun/13Off

Birdathon Awards Party – June 27th

IMG_0052-4The annual Birdathon Awards Party will be held Thursday, June 27th at 7 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 (Adult & Youth divisions), Most $$ Raised, Rookie Award, Sitting Duck Award, Carbon Neutral Award, Mentor Award, Best Bird Award, Most Pledges Collected, Sacajawea Audubon Award (most flickers seen) and Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen).

All Birdathon team members and their families are invited, as well as chapter members.

 

Sacajawea Audubon would like to thank our major Birdathon sponsor this year:  Holcim .  We appreciate their support!

 

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16Jun/13Off

June 22nd Field Trip – Sheep Gulch at Lewis & Clark Caverns

220px-Yellow-Breasted-Chat-OregonLeader:  Tom Forwood 406-287-3541

(4-5 hour trip; moderate hiking)

Meet at 8AM at the main (lower) visitor’s center, to carpool to the trailhead.

Starting by the Jefferson River, then climbing up the gulch this trip passes through several habitats, including cottonwood riparian, Douglas fir, and dry scrub.  A nice variety of birds can be seen here, with several locally uncommon birds such as Cordilleran Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, and Yellow-breasted Chat breeding along this corridor.

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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14Jun/13Off

Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon 2013

Sacajawea Audubon 2013 Birdathon
Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spring is here, which means it's time to call your favorite birders and register your birdathon team.  The Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon Committee would like to announce our 2013 Birdathon.

 

How does a Birdathon Work?

A Birdathon is similar to a walk-a-thon, but instead of collecting pledges per mile walked, you spend a great spring day outdoors with fellow birders, scanning skies, trees, shrubs, fields and water - even your backyard feeder - for birds.  The challenge is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period from May 18 – June 23, 2013.  You collect pledges per bird species and the money raised benefits Southwestern Montana birds and other wildlife.

To add to the fun - by participating you could win prizes and awards. Check-out the Birdathon Rules and Prize & Award information links you can find at the bottom of this post, or call 406 600-6666.

How Can You Participate in the Birdathon?

Participation is easier: You don't have to be an expert - some people even do Birdathons by counting the visitors to their feeder. Others cover dozens of miles in a day, racking up over 100 species. The key to Birdathon is to have fun!

  • Join a Team

Contact the Birdathon Committee, we have birdathon teams that would love for you to join them.  Even if you can't tell a goose from a grouse, we can teach you how.  We also have celebrity birder teams.

  • Form a Team

Get a few of your birding friends together and schedule a 24 hour period to go birding. Contact us for a Birdathon Kit and register your team. (see registration form for details)

  • Take a Business "Bird Break"

Trade in your briefcase for binoculars, grab co-workers and count birds on your lunch hour! Contact us for more information on getting your business involved in Sacajawea Birdathon - becoming an event sponsor, creating a company team, or specific levels and benefits of event sponsorship,

  • Be a Backyard Birder

Gather pledges and watch birds in your neighborhood park, or at your own backyard feeder. Compete for our “Sitting Duck” award. Contact us or go online at www.sacajaweaaudubon.org for a Birdathon Kit.

  • Sponsor a Team Member

Support your favorite team or team participant by making a pledge.  You can also donate to your team online .

 DONATE ONLINE

The Birdathon Committee has maps, field guides, fundraising tips, and plenty of experience to share. Contact us at www.sacajaweaaudubon.org or 600-6666.

 

2013 Birdathon Key Dates

May 18 - First Day of Birdathon

June 23 - Last Day of Birdathons

June 24 - Team Reports and Pledge Forms Due

June 27 - Birdathon Award & Celebration Party - East Gallatin Recreation Area

 

Awards & Prizes Categories

There Are Many Prizes – check out our website for more details

We will be giving out 11 Awards this year.  They are.....

 

Most Species Identified:  ADULT DIVISION - This award recognizes the team that identifies the most species in a 24-hour period. All members of the team must have seen or heard 95% of the birds reported.

Most Species Identified: YOUTH DIVISION - Same as above, for ages of 17 and under.

Most Money Raised: This award recognizes the team that raises the highest total dollar amount in donations.

Most Pledges Collected: This award recognizes the team that solicits the highest number of individual pledges.

Best Bird Award:   This award recognizes the team that records the "best" bird as determined by an outside judge. This could be a rare bird for a specific habitat or a bird that is difficult to find in its habitat.

Sacajawea Audubon Award:   This award recognizes the team that sees the most Flickers on their Birdathon Day.

Montana Audubon Award:   This award recognizes the team that see the most Magpies on their Birdathon Day

Important Bird Area (IBA) Sighting Award:   This award recognizes the team that observes the most bird species in Montana IBA. The Team Report submitted must indicate on which IBAs the birds were seen.

Sitting Duck Award:   This award is given to the team whose members identify the highest number of species while staying within an imaginary circle 200 feet in diameter during their count.

Carbon Neutral Award:   This award is given to the team who is the most energy efficient or the smallest carbon footprint.

Mentor Award - Each Team Leader will be entered for a prize.

Rookie Award:  If you’re new to birdwatching you will be eligible for a  prize at the awards celebration.

 

Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon ....

 … the most fun you'll ever have helping to protect Southwest Montana’s natural heritage.

 

Here is all the helpful information and forms you'll need to have a fun and successful Birdathon:

Introduction Birdathon 2013

Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon 2013

Team Registration Form

2013 Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon Rules

ABA Code of Ethics

MT Bird Checklist

2013 Birdathon Report Form

2013 Birdathon Corporate Sponsorships

or

contact Loreene Reid at loreener@yahoo.com  or 600-6666.


13Jun/13Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 26th

A summer bird census of the Madison Valley IBA will be conducted Wednesday, June 26th.  This one will capture a snapshot of the birds during the breeding season and should be rich with diversity and numbers.  We are scheduling this count on a weekday instead of a weekend simply to avoid the numbers of recreational users on the lake on the weekend.  Jet skis and beach parties at the fishing access sites on the weekends make for unsatisfactory birding.

Since the birds are starting earlier these days - we will too.  Meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café ready to leave at 7 am.

Please let us know if you can help out with the survey.  This is last survey we will conduct until late in the fall.  You can email or call Paulette Epple at 580-6186.

10Jun/13Off

Bird Language Workshop with Ashley Martens

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

BIRD LANGUAGE WORKSHOP

Birds are the true messengers of the forests. They 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 the ancient art of bird language in an introductory class taught by naturalist Ashley Martens. We’ll learn the 5 voices of the birds as well as some alarm patterns.  Then we’ll head out for a short “bird sit” to look and listen for those voices.  Bird language can inform us on a much deeper level what is going on in the forest.  Awareness of bird language also inevitably leads to a deeper awareness of self. (What are the birds doing when YOU move through the woods?  Can you shift that?)

Thurs, June 13th 6-8pm at the Sourdough Nature Trail (Gardner Park Trailhead).

Cost:  $5-10 donation to Sacajawea Audubon to support their growing educational programs.

Contact Ashley at ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register.  Maximum 15 students.

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9Jun/13Off

June 15th Field Trip – East Gallatin Recreation Area

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Leader: Lou Ann Harris 406-600-3585

(4 hour trip; easy walking)

This trip covers several habitats in a relatively small area. In the wet riparian areas bordering the East Gallatin River are many early migrants including warblers. The grasslands, brushy areas and lake will provide many opportunities for sparrows, swallows and water birds. At this location, nearly anything is possible.  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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