Come join the fun on one of our area’s Christmas Bird Counts. The Christmas counts, started in 1900, are an opportunity for beginning and expert birders to get together and enjoy this holiday tradition.
West Yellowstone Sunday, December 14th
Compiler: Brad Barth (406) 640-2628
Meet at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
West Yellowstone at 8:30 AM
Livingston Sunday, December 14th
Compiler: Sally MacDonald (406) 223-9167
Meet at The Other Café, in Livingston
between 7:00-7:30 AM
Ennis Wednesday, December 17th
Compiler: Robin Wolcott (406) 581-5418
Meet at Yesterday’s Café in the Ennis Pharmacy,
By 7:30 AM or sooner for breakfast
Bozeman Saturday, December 20th
Compiler: John Parker (406) 586-5863
Meet at Perkins Restaurant, 2505 West Main, in Bozeman,
between 7-7:30 AM
Yellowstone Sunday, December 21st
Compiler: Woody Martyn (406)224-1476
Meet at the Best Western in Gardiner at 7:00 a.m.
Three Forks Friday, December 26th
Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432
Meet at Wheat Montana at exit 274
at 8:00 AM or by 7:30 for breakfast
For more information, contact the count compilers. Please Contact the area compiler before the count, as this will give them the opportunity to plan and organize the count before the count day. Participation in all counts is free.
Some background on the Christmas Bird Count:
The first CBC was done on Christmas Day of 1900 as an alternative activity to an event called the “side hunt” where people chose sides, then went out and shot as many birds as they could. The group that came in with the largest number of dead birds won the event. Frank Chapman, a famed ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History and the editor of Bird-Lore (which became the publication of the National Association of Audubon Societies when that organization formed in 1905) recognized that declining bird populations could not withstand wanton over-hunting, and proposed to count birds on Christmas Day rather than shoot them.
Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. The CBC is an early-winter bird census, where volunteers count every bird they see or hear during one day in a designated 15-mile diameter circle. Count volunteers follow specified routes within the circle. It’s not just a species tally—all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. If observers live within a CBC circle, they may arrange in advance to count the birds at their feeders and submit those data to their compiler. All individual CBC’s are conducted in the period from December 14 to January 5 (inclusive dates) each season, and each count is conducted in one calendar day
These counts have proven incredibly valuable for what they tell scientists -- and all of us -- about our changing world.
Please join Sacajawea Audubon on Monday, December 8th, for an evening of sharing as students from Montana State University-Landscape Design Studio present their visions for a new trail and park adjacent to Missouri Headwaters State Park.
This trail and park will start at the boat-ramp parking lot at Missouri Headwaters State Park and continue north-eastward onto Holcim US Inc. property towards the old town site of Trident; paralleling the Missouri River and provide excellent viewing of the limestone cliffs where Peregrine Falcons, Prairie Falcons and Great Horned Owls have been found nesting in the past.
Sacajawea Audubon Society has been working collaboratively with Holcim US Inc. and other community partners to create this extension trail and park to Missouri Headwaters State Park. This fall we teamed up with assistant professor, Rebekah VanWieren, to have students create a conceptual master plan and phase 1 site design for the project as part of their Sustainable Site Design Service-Learning Project.
Students Cornelia Reid, Heather Begger, Jace Kimmet and Scott Samson will present their ideas at our monthly meeting at Hope Lutheran Church at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to provide comments and suggestions for the project after the presentation.
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.