15th Annual Montana Audubon
Wings Across The Big Sky Festival
June 6-8, 2014
Our 2014 Bird Festival is coming to the spectacular Gallatin Valley! Get ready to register and plan for this highly anticipated annual event, co-hosted by Montana Audubon and Sacajawea Audubon Society, our partner in Bozeman. Online registration is now available at www.mtaudubon.org.
The festival is sure to please as Sacajawea Audubon kicks off Friday with light hors d'oeuvres and a evening program starting at 4:30pm. The rest of the weekend is filled with a diversity of expertly guided field trips, Saturday's Keynote Address by John Marzluff, Ph.D (co-hosted by the Gallatin National Forest), Saturday's dynamic presentations, and other activities for all of you actively engaged bird enthusiasts out there!
John Marzluff will give the Keynote Address, Gifts of the Crow, a foray into what he describes as millions of years of cultural co-evolution between humans and crows. Join us as Dr. Marzluff describes humans' ongoing connection with these mischievous, playful, social and passionate birds! If that isn't enough to bring you over, his crow research was used in the documentary "A Murder of Crows" and his Raven research was featured in PBS's NATURE, "Ravens"! Further, Dr. Marzluff's research has been highlighted in the New York Times, National Geographic, Audubon, and National Wildlife. He is currently a Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, has authored over 120 scientific papers, and leads the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Team for the endangered Mariana Crow.
Field trips are already filling up, so plan to register right away! Each field trip will generally be leaving the GranTree at 6:00am. Saturday trips will return at noon, in time to see our great presentations and keynote. Sunday trip end times are generally more variable so be sure to read the descriptions closely. Participants should come prepared with their binoculars, rain gear, comfortable shoes/boots, camera, a two-way radio if possible, water and personal items. Sack lunches are available as part of your registration fee for both days. Please note that some field trips are offered both Saturday and Sunday, while others are offered only one day.
Our Saturday presentations will get you fired up to conserve birds and their habitats as we learn from a variety highly regarded researchers, conservationists, and bird aficionados!
Montana's Osprey and Toxins
Bird migration in the Middle East
A new "Field Guide to Birds in a Changing Climate"
Birds, Beetles, and Burns
This year there is an exciting new Special Raffle for a chance to win a Texas Coast Birding Extravaganza trip! It is a premium package (valued at over $4,000) for four adults, that includes two full days of birding with local experts and three days of luxury accommodations near downtown Houston! The dates are set for April 14- 17, 2015, so get excited! This package was generously donated by John Whitmire and Susie Maclin.
In addition, there will be a Bucket Raffle, a Dessert auction, and opportunities to camp or explore Bozeman.
Finally, we know our festival travels are not without an impact! Montana Audubon is striving to become carbon neutral, and as part of a close to home solution to help offset our carbon footprint, we are starting a seed fund for solar panels at our sunny Education Center in Billings. Donate any amount, note "solar" on the donation, and we promise to turn those dollars into clean energy!
The festival headquarters and lodging will be at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, Bozeman. Rooms are $99 per night and can be reserved by calling 406-587-5261. Mention that you are with Montana Audubon to get this special rate, and take time to thank them for being a supporter of our local Audubon Society!
Mark your calendars, stay tuned for details, and a big THANK YOU to our many sponsers!