Who doesn’t love bluebirds? The answer is to not miss our February 10th program at 7:00 p.m. featuring Sacajawea Audubon’s own Mountain Bluebird Trail citizen science project. Chapter bluebird trail monitors Lou Ann Harris, Janne Hayward and Diane Gresham will present a fascinating talk on the life cycle of the Mountain Bluebird in Montana and the history of the bluebird trail project in the Gallatin Valley. Lots of great photos will be shown of bluebirds in all stages of their lives. Mountain Bluebird males will be returning in early March, so this is a perfect time to bone up on your knowledge of these beautiful and gentle birds.
Lou Ann Harris is a longtime Audubon member and currently serves as Vice President on both Sacajawea Audubon and Montana Audubon boards. She became involved in the bluebird trail through Mary Geis in 2007 and received her Master Banding License in 2010.
Janne Hayward is also an Audubon member and longtime conservationist in Bozeman. She became involved with the bluebird trail through Lou Ann in 2010, and is now training to become a licensed bird bander. She monitors 50 boxes on Dry Creek/Pass Creek Roads.
Diane Gresham joined Sacajawea Audubon in 2006 and has been very involved with chapter activities. She has served on the Board of Directors and currently is the chapter Hospitality Chair. Diane has been assisting Lou Ann on the bluebird trail since 2007 and logs all the data in addition to training to become a licensed bander.
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.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4 day event held every year in February. Bird watchers from across the world are asked to count and report the birds they see to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome—from beginning bird watchers to experts. You can count birds anywhere you find them --in your yard, your neighborhood, out on a walk, or at any of your favorite birding spots. Take as little as 15 minutes on one day or make it a whole weekend of birding. The steps are easy:
- Create a GBBC account. This applies to anyone who has never participated in a GBBC or has does not have an eBird account. Two ways to set up a GBBC account: Do it now through eBird or wait until Feb. 14 and create your account on the GBBC website. You can use the same login name and password for both projects.
- Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. Create a separate list for each day, for each location, or for the same location at different times.
- Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking "Submit Your Bird Checklist" on the home page. If you already use eBird, please continue using eBird to submit your sightings but be sure to enter at least one checklist during the GBBC weekend!
Scientists will use the information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about what is happening to bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientist understand the complex distribution and movements of many species.
Go to www.birdcount.org to learn more. You will be able to enter checklists there starting on February 14th.