Sacajawea Audubon invites you to learn about one of the least visited places on Earth. The Antarctic Peninsula and associated islands are arguably the most remote, spectacular and wildlife diverse regions remaining on earth. Bob Martinka will highlight a 19-day cruise he and his wife Cathy took to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2014. They followed parts of a route that Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men traversed on their disastrous 1914-1917 expedition. Bob's presentation will highlight the history, scenery and amazing wildlife of the region.
Bob obtained degrees in Wildlife Biology and Ecology from Colorado State University, Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Montana State University. He worked for almost 30 years with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In his retirement years he has become an avid photographer, traveling to numerous locations around the globe to pursue his interest in most wild things, including birds, mammals, dragonflies and flowers.
Sacajawea Audubon programs are free and open to the public. We meet every 2nd Monday, September through May, at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th). Come for the social at 6:30 and share cookies, coffee and conversation. The program starts following a brief chapter meeting at 7 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, December 16th
Compiler: Robin Wolcott (406) 581-5418 email@example.com
Meet at Yesterday’s Café in the Ennis Pharmacy,
By 7:30 AM or sooner for breakfast
Saturday, December 19th
Compiler: John Parker (406) 586-5863 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at Perkins Restaurant, 2505 West Main, in Bozeman, between 7-7:30 AM
Sunday, December 20th
Compiler: Brad Barth (406) 640-2628 email@example.com
Meet at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
West Yellowstone at 8:30 AM
Sunday, December 20th
Compiler: Sally MacDonald (406) 223-9167 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at the Northern Pacific Beanery, in Livingston, between 7:00-7:30 AM
Sunday, December 20th
Compiler: Woody Martyn (406) 224-1476 email@example.com
Meet at the Yellowstone Grill, in Gardiner, at 7:00 AM
Monday, December 28th
Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at Wheat Montana at exit 274 at 8:30 AM, or by 8:00 for breakfast
For more information, contact the area 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.
Hawkwatch International Founder, Steve Hoffman
Monday December 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (Social begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman
The Bridger Ridge provides viewing one of the largest Golden Eagle migrations known in the lower 48 states. Recent Golden Eagle count totals have varied from 1,000 to 1,400 eagles per season, with up to 200 individuals tallied on peak migration days (usually during the first two weeks of October). Data obtained over the last 25 years has provided scientists with valuable information about trends in Golden Eagles and other raptor populations.
Thanks to the generous support of Sacajawea Audubon Society and others, September 1st marked the start of the 25th consecutive season of raptor migration research along the crest of the Bridger Mountains. Montana Audubon, in partnership with HawkWatch International (HWI), has coordinated this scientific project for the past 7 seasons. HWI initiated these annual counts in 1991.
These majestic birds use the energy-saving updrafts created by strong winds along the crest of the Bridgers to migrate south. The long-term data collected at the Bridger site helps scientists learn about regional and continental raptor population trends. Most importantly, the Bridger project is designed to monitor widespread environmental changes, using these apex predators as valuable barometers of ecological health.
Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of Montana Audubon, emphasizes: “The Bridger Project is the most important migration site in the western United States for monitoring the health and trends of Golden Eagle populations. The Bridger data are especially important now because there is scientific evidence for long-term declines in Golden Eagle numbers across much of western North America. As a result, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other wildlife conservation agencies are intensifying research efforts to learn more about Golden Eagles and what might be causing this downward trend.”