Sacajawea Audubon

March 26th – Spring Birding At Ennis Lake

Ennis Lake

Ennis Lake

A sure cure for spring fever is lots of early spring birds!  The primary focus of this trip will be the migrating waterfowl at Ennis Lake.  At this time of year the ducks will be at their dazzling best in full breeding plumage, and usually in great abundance.  This is also near the peak of migration for some of the larger waterfowl, such as Tundra Swans and Snow Geese.  Along with the waterfowl, this trip will provide a good opportunity for finding other early migrants such as Sandhill Cranes, Tree Swallows, and Mountain Bluebirds.  It is spring in Montana so be sure to be prepared for the weather, with plenty of warm layers of clothing for a day out in the elements. We will return to the museum mid afternoon, so bring a lunch and snacks. This trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies parking lot at 8 AM Saturday March, 26th.  After arranging for carpooling, we will head for Ennis Lake at 8:15.  There is a 15 person limit for the trip, so sign up early. Contact Vic Fesolowitz at 539-8251 to reserve a spot.

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March 14th Program – African Adventure Travel with Wes Krause

Sacajawea Audubon takes you on an African Adventure at their March 14th program with Wes Krause, founder of African Environments and Mountain Madness adventure travel.  Wes will share with us some of the highlights of walking in Arusha National Park, elephant watching in Tarangire, soda lake ecosystems of the Great Rift Valley, walking in the vast wilderness zones of Serengeti National Park and game viewing in the famous caldera of Ngorongoro Crater.

He will share insights into the Maasai pastoralist and Hadza Bushman way of life.  Wes has been an avifauna enthusiast for decades and will stir your curiosity for some of the  “must see” birds of Tanzania such as: Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Jacana and Lilac Breasted Roller, Little Bee Eater & Crowned Crane.

Crowned Cranes (photo courtesy Wes Krause)

Wes Krause has been living in Tanzania and organizing adventures for over 30 years.
As a youngster growing up in Colorado, Wes constantly dreamed of being in the wilderness. In his 20’s Wes climbed and adventured in Alaska, New Zealand, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Tajikistan and Nepal. Wes later directed branch schools for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Washington State, Alaska and Kenya. In 1983 Wes and his climbing partner Scott Fischer started Mountain Madness, operating trips all over the world. By 1991 adventures to Tanzania had become so popular Wes started African Environments with two Tanzanian partners.

Sacajawea Audubon meets every 2nd Monday of the month, September through May. Our meetings are held at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th). Come for the social beginning at 6:30 p.m. A short chapter meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the program following after.  Our programs are free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy Wes Krause

Photo courtesy Wes Krause

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Raptor ID Workshop & Field Trip with Steve Hoffman

Raptor Identification Workshop and Field Trip March 11th and 12th 


(Presented by: Steve Hoffman, Executive Director, MT Audubon and founder of HawkWatch International)

Have you ever wanted to sharpen your raptor identification skills?  If so, this is the workshop for you! On Friday evening Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all raptor (e.g., hawks, eagles, falcons, etc.) species wintering in the Gallatin Valley. Steve’s illustrated talk will include a description of the many plumage variations (including subspecies and color forms, as well as age and sex variations) of the more common and observable species. Helpful behavioral clues will also be incorporated. Eagles, falcons and the “buteo” hawks (such as Red-tailed Hawks) will be emphasized. Participants will then go into the field (north of Bozeman) on Saturday to practice their newly-developed skills. Steve’s presentation will be especially valuable for “intermediate” and “advanced” raptor watching enthusiasts, although beginners will also find this workshop quite helpful.

The Friday night presentation will start at 7 PM and last till 9 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library’s small conference room.

Saturday morning’s field trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies at 8:30 am, and leave at 8:45.  Be sure to dress for the weather and bring any necessary drinks or snacks for this 4-5 hour trip.  If you have a spotting scope that you can bring, that would be helpful.

There is a $35 fee for Sacajawea Audubon members, $15 for participants under age 25, or $55 for non-members (the $55 includes a $20 Sacajawea Audubon membership).  There is a 20 person limit for the workshop and field trip.  Advance reservation and payment is required.  For more information and to make reservations please call John Parker at 586-5863 or e-mail

Northern Goshawk (photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Northern Goshawk (photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (photo by L. Harris)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (photo by L. Harris)


Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 12-15th

Common Redpoll (Photo by Missy Mandel)

Common Redpoll (Photo by Missy Mandel)

February 12 - 15, 2016

HOW TO COUNT THE BIRDS:  Easy as 1–2–3!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a 4 day event held every year in February.  Bird watchers from across the world are asked to count and report the birds they see to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.  Everyone is welcome—from beginning bird watchers to experts.  You can count birds anywhere you find them --in your yard, your neighborhood, out on a walk, or at any of your favorite birding spots.   Take as little as 15 minutes on one day or make it a whole weekend of birding.  The steps are easy:

  1. Count birds anywhere you like for at LEAST 15 minutes or longer.  Keep track of the kinds of birds you see and how long you watched.
  1. Make your best estimate of how many birds you saw of each species.  For example, 4 Black-

capped Chickadees, 2 Northern Flickers.  Huge flocks may be a challenge, but your best guess is still valuable

  1. Enter your list(s) online at  You put in a new list for each time you count, whether it’s on the same day, a different day, at the same place, or at a new location.

Go to www.Bird to learn more about this valuable way you can contribute to bird science.  Look for the “Submit Observations” button on the Great Backyard Bird Count website (or eBird).  You can start entering bird lists after midnight local time on the first day of the count anywhere in the world.