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28Jun/15Off

Birdathon Awards Party – July 2nd

BirdathonAwards1The annual Birdathon Awards Party will be held Thursday, July 2nd at 6:30 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, Most $$ Raised, Rookie Award, Sitting Duck Award, Carbon Neutral Award, Mentor Award, Best Bird Award, Most Pledges Collected, Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) and Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen).

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

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25Jun/15Off

Rocky Mountain Rd. Bluebird Trail Field Trip – June 28th & 29th

Mt Bluebird pair  (L. Harris)

Mt Bluebird pair (L. Harris)

➢June 28 and 29: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Leaders: Janne Hayward 587-6124 jannehayward@juno.com , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585 montlou311@gmail.com
(1/2 day)

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 these field trips to 8 participants.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM 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.

24Jun/15Off

Beginning Birding By Ear – with Ashley Martens

Western Meadowlark   (by L. Harris)

Western Meadowlark (by L. Harris)

BEGINNING BIRDING BY EAR in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

A singing bird inspires you. Sometimes it’s enough to simply enjoy the song, and sometimes you’d like to learn more. Who’s singing? Why? It is a “call” instead of a “song?” What’s the difference? In addition to the who and why, birds 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 to identify some common local birds by song and call, and learn the 5 voices of the birds as well as some alarm patterns. !

Thurs, June 25th 6-8pm Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 27th 7-10am Field trip
Cost: $35 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $45 for non-members.

Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Sacajawea Audubon, P.O. Box 1711, Bozeman, MT 59771-1711. Contact Ashley at ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register. Maximum 10 students. Supply lists will be provided upon registration.

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24Jun/15Off

Mission Creek Field Trip – June 27th

Green-tailed Towhee  (L. Harris)

Green-tailed Towhee (L. Harris)

➢June 27: Mission Creek
Leader: Robin Wolcott 581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
(mostly driving with light walking on roads)
(Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)
After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson’s parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 AM and then leave from there at 7:45 AM. Car-pooling is essential.

In the rolling prairie just east of Livingston we will seek McCown’s Longspur and Long-billed Curlew. Along Little Mission Creek we will watch for riparian species, then search for residents of the spruce/fir forest. On our return along Mission Creek we could find a Cordilleran Flycatcher or a Golden Eagle. Over 130 species have been seen along this route including Sprague’s Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, Green-tailed Towhee. Spectacular views, abundant wild flowers, and wildlife make the trip through the northern foothills of the Absaroka Mountains a trip to remember. 18 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM 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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8Jun/15Off

Montana’s Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns – June 19th

➢June 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns

Leader: Tom Forwood at 406-570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com

Check out Montana's two species of Nightjar, the Common Nighthawk and the more elusive Common Poorwill. The park is known for some of its interesting breeding bird species and the Poorwill is one of the more unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so at dusk to check out some of the arid country daytime species such as Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees and Rock Wrens. Once it gets dark we will look for high flying Nighthawks and low lying Poorwills with the possibility for some owls and several bat species as well. We will meet at the park's campground parking area at 8:30 PM for a 90 minute to 2 hour walk. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and layering clothing for changing conditions are recommended. 15 person limit

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6Jun/15Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 24th

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 24th (Wednesday)

The birds are all back now so its time to survey our IBAs and document the breeding birds in the area. The great numbers of waterfowl will be gone and instead we will be challenged to count up all the warblers, flycatchers, swallows, orioles, grosbeaks and Sandhill Cranes (101 seen on last year's June count). This count will take place on a Wednesday, June 24th, to avoid the weekend recreationists on Ennis Lake. Since daylight comes early now we will be meeting earlier too. We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café in Ennis and be ready to head out for the survey at 7 am.

If you can help, email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186.

5Jun/15Off

2015 Spring Field Trip Schedule

Western Meadowlark (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Western Meadowlark (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM 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.

➢May 9: Headwaters State Park
Leader: Martha Collins 586-9478 or 579-0506
marthacoll@msn.com (1/2 day trip; easy walking)
The Headwaters area includes a variety of habitats, including sage/grassland and riparian, so anything from waterfowl to sparrows can occur. One of the unique features of the Headwaters area are the limestone cliffs, which support several cliff nesting species such as Prairie Falcons and White-throated Swifts. The park, which is situated along the Missouri River corridor, is an ideal location to observe early spring migrants. Those wishing to meet at the Headwaters area contact the trip leader. 15 person limit.

➢May 9: Shields Valley Driving Tour
Leader: Forrest Rowland 814-573-1391 rowbird2005@gmail.com.
(Options for half to full day)
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by visiting Shields Valley’s birding hot spots with local guides. The array of habitats visited will range from dense riparian, lush agricultural, shortgrass prairie, and sage flats at lower elevations, up through mixed Douglas Fir and Pine forests to high-elevation Sub-alpine Fir, depending on road conditions. We will also spend plenty of time birding Cottonwood Reservoir , which will surely be loaded with waterfowl and shorebirds at this peak time of year. Options for half- to full day.
Meet at the Clyde Park Post Office parking lot, at 7:00 AM for car-pooling.

➢May 16: Old Town Road and Milligan Canyon
Leader: Tom Forwood 570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com
(1/2 day trip; mostly driving with light walking on roads)
This trip begins along the cottonwood bottomlands of the Jefferson River, and then abruptly moves into dry greasewood/sage scrubland habitat. Birds along this section will range from Dusky Flycatchers and Bullock’s Orioles, to Sage Thrashers and Brewer’s Sparrows. The route then cuts through the arid limestone cliffs of Milligan Canyon. Canyon Wrens, Rock Wrens, and Spotted Towhees frequent this dry landscape. Golden Eagles and Pinyon Jays are also a possibility along this portion of the trip. 15 person limit

➢May 23: Triple Tree Trail
Leader: Loreene Reid 600-6666
pres@sacajaweaaudubon.org
(5 hour trip; moderately strenuous climbing 500 ft, 4 miles)
As this trail climbs the hillside it passes through a number of habitats, and transitional edges between them. At the bottom of the mountain, grassland quickly gives way to brushy deciduous habitat as the trail crosses Limestone Creek, where Ruffed Grouse, Calliope Hummingbirds, and Lazuli Buntings are some of the birds to expect. The trail then ascends through Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests with a wide variety of nesting birds, including Cassin’s Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, and Western Tanager. This trip features perhaps the greatest diversity of any short hike in the Gallatin Valley. 12 person limit

➢May 23: Sweetgrass County Prairie Bird Tour
Leader: Beth Madden 406-224-1012 bethmadden64@gmail.com
(The 5-6 hour driving tour should wrap up by early- afternoon)
We will follow an approximately 40-mile long driving route through prairie and agricultural landscapes north of Big Timber. Past trips have yielded Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes, raptors, and prairie songbirds from Bobolinks to longspurs. Stops at wetlands will yield water birds. (Big Timber is 63 miles east of Bozeman on Interstate 90). Meet in Big Timber at the Town Pump located at I-90 Exit 367 at 8:00 AM for car- pooling

➢ ➢May 30: Mount Ellis
Leader: Audrey Evers 218-742-7885 or
218-742-4335 alynnbirds@yahoo.com
(4 -5-hour trip; moderately strenuous walking 3 miles)
This slow-paced hike will explore a number of habitats on State and Forest Service lands, including grassland, aspen meadow, and conifer forest edge. At this time of year all of the nesting birds, such as Calliope Hummingbirds, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Dusky Flycatchers, Orange-crowned Warblers, and a wide variety of sparrows will have arrived on their territories. Along with terrific views of the Gallatin Valley, the wildflowers on this walk will likely distract you from the diversity of birds. 12 person limit.

➢May 30: Paradise Valley Driving Tour
Leader: Mitch Hurt 406-223-4919 wildbirdhunting@gmail.com
(Options for half- to almost full day)
Visit Paradise Valley birding hotspots with local guides – spring creeks, Yellowstone River, prairies/hillsides, and Dailey Lake. The diversity of habitat covered on the trip, along with it being the peak of songbird migration should yield a huge variety of birds. Meet at Livingston Albertson’s parking lot, northeast corner at 7:30 AM for car- pooling.

➢June 5-7: Please join us at the 2015 Montana Audubon Bird Festival in Helena, MT.
Contact Montana Audubon at (406) 443-3949 or go to www.mtaudubon.org. Come join the fun.

➢ June 13: Kelly Canyon and Battle Ridge
Leaders: Ron and Cheryl Farmer 586-3987 songbird@wispwest.net
(1/2 day trip; 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. Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees, Calliope Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Western Tanagers are just a few of the species that we should see along this route. After Kelly Canyon, this trip will continue up Bridger Canyon to Battle Ridge. At this higher elevation a new suite of breeding birds makes this area home. Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, Swainson’s Thrushes are a few of the nesting species in this area. Four car limit

➢June 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns
Leader: Tom Forwood at 406-570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com
Check out Montana's two species of Nightjar, the Common Nighthawk and the more elusive Common Poorwill. The park is known for some of its interesting breeding bird species and the Poorwill is one of the more unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so at dusk to check out some of the arid country daytime species such as Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees and Rock Wrens. Once it gets dark we will look for high flying Nighthawks and low lying Poorwills with the possibility for some owls and several bat species as well. We will meet at the park's campground parking area at 8:30 PM for a 90 minute to 2 hour walk. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and layering clothing for changing conditions are recommended. 15 person limit

➢June 20: The Kelly Ranch on the Gallatin River
Leader: Andrew Guttenberg 451-5427 afgutte@hotmail.com
(4-5 hour easy walking)
This trip will explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River which has been fully protected under a conservation easement with The Montana Land Reliance, Montana’s statewide land trust. The ranch includes wet meadow, cottonwood gallery forest, and dry juniper habitats. It will be at the peak of breeding season, so you can expect a wide variety of the local breeding birds to be in full song, and busy tending to their nests and young. Some of the birds that breed on the property are Sandhill Crane, Wilson’s Snipe, Gray Catbird, American Redstart, and Rock Wren. Kathryn Kelly, ranch owner and Greater Yellowstone Manager for the Montana Land Reliance will join the group to discuss a bit of history of the ranch, and the process and benefits of creating conservation easements, one of the most powerful tools to accomplish habitat protection, for birds and other wildlife. 15 person limit

➢June 27: Mission Creek
Leader: Robin Wolcott 581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
(mostly driving with light walking on roads)
(Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)
After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson’s parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 AM and then leave from there at 7:45 AM Car-pooling is essential.
In the rolling prairie just east of Livingston we will seek McCown’s Longspur and Long-billed Curlew. Along Little Mission Creek we will watch for riparian species, then search for residents of the spruce/fir forest. On our return along Mission Creek we could find a Cordilleran Flycatcher or a Golden Eagle. Over 130 species have been seen along this route including Sprague’s Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, Green-tailed Towhee. Spectacular views, abundant wild flowers, and wildlife make the trip through the northern foothills of the Absaroka Mountains a trip to remember. 18 person limit

➢June 28 and 29: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail
Leaders: Janne Hayward 587-6124 jannehayward@juno.com , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585 montlou311@gmail.com
(1/2 day)
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 these field trips to 8 participants.

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5Jun/15Off

Beginning Birding Classes with Ashley Martens – June 8th, 11th & June 25th, 27th

SUMMER 2015 SACAJAWEA AUDUBON BIRDING CLASSES!!

BEGINNING BIRDING in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

Ever wonder who exactly is that flashy tropical red and yellow bird that flits through the trees in your yard in the summertime? Or what the little brown bird in the woodpile is called? Or why she’s there in the first place? To help you answer all of these questions and more, Sacajawea Audubon Society is offering a BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP on June 10th, 13th, and 14th. Participants will be introduced to the basics of birding through 2 evening classroom sessions and 1 field trip. The course will be taught by Ashley Martens, an experienced birder, naturalist, and outdoor educator. Ashley’s approach to teaching birding engages all of your senses to figure out what you see, hear, and love about the wild birds around us.!

Mon, June 8th & Thurs, June 11th 6-8pm Bozeman Public Library
 Saturday, June 13th 7-10am Field Trip
Cost: $45 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $55 for non-members.

BEGINNING BIRDING BY EAR in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

A singing bird inspires you. Sometimes it’s enough to simply enjoy the song, and sometimes you’d like to learn more. Who’s singing? Why? It is a “call” instead of a “song?” What’s the difference? In addition to the who and why, birds 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 to identify some common local birds by song and call, and learn the 5 voices of the birds as well as some alarm patterns. !

Thurs, June 25th 6-8pm Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 27th 7-10am Field trip
Cost: $35 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $45 for non-members.

Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Sacajawea Audubon, P.O. Box 1711, Bozeman, MT 59771-1711. Contact Ashley at ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register. Maximum 10 students. Supply lists will be provided upon registration.

4Jun/15Off

Story Mill Community Park Bird Walks

Yellow Warbler - Photo by Hobart Collins

Yellow Warbler - Photo by Hobart Collins

Calling all Bird Lovers,

Coming this spring Sacajawea Audubon will be offering guided bird walks to the developing Story Mill Community Park. Members of Sacajawea Audubon will lead these morning outings to see the many bird species that call the Story Mill area their home. Six dates on Thursdays and Saturdays in May and early June will be offered for bird walks.

The dates of the Walks are:

Thursdays, May 7, May 21st, and June 4th

Saturdays, May 16th, May 30th, and June 13th.

The time is 8-9:30 am.

We will meet on Story Mill Rd across from the Mill Elevator, at the trailhead of the Story Spur Trail.

Please contact Martha to sign up: marthacoll@msn.com or call 579 0506

Bring your binoculars, your eyes and your ears for a unique birding experience.

Space is limited.

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