Each year Montana Audubon recognizes outstanding individuals who work on conservation in Montana. The following people received awards at the 2014 Bird Festival in Bozeman:
Paulette Epple - Conservationist of the Year Award
Paulette Epple, the recipient of Montana Audubon’s 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award, is honored for her conservation in her local community. She is recognized for her role in protecting Story Mill Community Park, Bozeman’s newest city park. This 54-acre site is a wonderful natural area, and includes a portion of the East Gallatin River.
Through this project, Paulette facilitated a budding partnership between Sacajawea Audubon and The Trust for Public Land, and she rallied Audubon members to write letters of support to the Bozeman City Commission and to deliver testimony at two public meetings during the approval process.
With Audubon membership support, Paulette has installed 13 nest boxes on the property, organized and led several field trips, and conducted bird surveys, building a bird list of over 80 species. The result? In March 2014, the Bozeman City Commission approved the Story Mill Community Park project, which is now slated to become Bozeman’s largest community park.
Paulette’s volunteer efforts and dedication are exemplary.
Peter Norlander - Special Achievement Award
Peter Norlander received this year’s Special Achievement Award as an individual who has been a committed and active volunteer for the Bozeman area chapter, Sacajawea Audubon—as well as an active member of the Montana Audubon Board of Directors.
|Peter Norlander received his Special Achievement award at the Bird Festival in Bozeman.|
An enthusiastic birder and mimicker of bird calls, Peter first served as Sacajawea Audubon’s programs chair, later as a Board member, and even later as president of the Board for two terms. He has led field trips out of Bozeman to look for owls and for International Migratory Bird Day; and he participates in two local Christmas Bird Counts most years.
Peter enjoys contributing to Citizen Science projects, specifically helping with bird surveys on the Yellowstone River, in Ennis, and on Hebgen Lake.
In addition, Montana Audubon has also been fortunate to have Peter’s enthusiasm as the Vice President of its Board of Directors, as well as an at-large Board member.
Congratulations to Paulette & Peter!
Sacajawea Audubon would like to give a big THANK YOU to all our local sponsors that supported the 2014 Wings Across The Big Sky bird festival, held June 6-8th:
Bozeman Tourist Business Improvement District
Owenhouse Ace Hardware
Big Sky Resort
Lewis & Clark Motel
Mystery Ranch Backpacks
Community Food Co-op
Nicklin Earth & Water
Gallatin National Forest
GranTree Inn/Best Western
Leader: Janne Hayward, 587-6124 **(TRIP FULL)**
(1/2 day, driving gravel roads)
Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds. Join bluebirders Janne Hayward and Lou Ann Harris 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, June 30th.
Participants in this trip will meet at the N. 19th Rest Area at 7:30 a.m. Car pools will be arranged there; an offer to help with gas to the driver 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.
On Wednesday, June 25th, we will conduct our next bird survey of the Madison Valley IBA to record the breeding birds currently around. (We have moved to a Wednesday due to the recreational use on Ennis Lake in the summer.) With all the birds back there will be a incredible diversity with over 80 species usually recorded. Let Paulette Epple know if you can join us for a morning in the Madison Valley collecting data on our IBA.
We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café and be ready to head out at 7:00 am. The Café opens early at 6 am for early breakfasts for those that wish to eat there. If you can help, email Paulette at email@example.com or call 580-6186 to let her know.
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.
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 driver 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.