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24Sep/16Off

Explore Limestone Creek – Public Hike Oct. 23rd

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October 22nd, Ennis Lake Waterfowl Field Trip

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Ennis Lake Waterfowl
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trip Leader: John Parker  406-586-5863         conundrumjp@gmail.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

This should be near the peak time for migrating waterfowl. Ennis Lake is one of the premiere staging areas for migrating waterfowl in southwestern Montana. Thousands of ducks can be spread across the lake on any given day. As is typical with high concentrations of birds, there is always the possibility of a rarity being found.   Bring a lunch as we’ll be out until at least mid-afternoon. Also, remember to bring plenty of warm clothes as it will likely be cold and windy.

Participants limited to 15

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

22Sep/16Off

Middle Madison Valley Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project

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The goal of this project, started in 2011, is to establish 5 nesting pairs of Trumpeter Swans in the restoration area within a 5 -10 year time frame. On occasion 30 to 50 swans (marked and unmarked) have been observed near O'Dell Creek in the Madison Valley during winter and approximately 10 in early summer; no nesting to date, but birds have been seen in pairs in the spring. On August 1st, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks  released 5 cygnets on O'Dell Creek.  Sacajawea Audubon has been a partner in this restoration project for a number of years.

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Photos courtesy John Parker

21Sep/16Off

2016 Fall Field Trip Schedule

Horned Lark (Lou Ann Harris)

Horned Lark (Lou Ann Harris)

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 7:45 AM and depart at 8:00 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. Bring any food or beverages that you will need during the course of the trips, and some of the longer trips might require that you pack a lunch. 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 all skill levels or birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

The Kelly Ranch on the Gallatin River

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Trip Leader: John Parker, 406-586-5863 conundrumjp@gmail.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

This trip will explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River west of Bozeman. The ranch includes wet meadow, cottonwood gallery forest, and dry juniper habitats. We will be looking for early fall migrants and some lingering birds along the Gallatin River corridor. Time permitting the trip may explore the area upstream from the ranch. 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. This 4-5 hour trip will require 1-2 miles of easy walking.

Participants limited to 15

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.


Headwaters-Three Forks

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Trip Leader: Robin Wolcott, 406-581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

Early September is the peak of fall migration with an amazing diversity of birds passing through Montana. This field trip will take advantage of the many birding opportunities in the Headwaters State Park and Three Forks area. The trip will last until early afternoon but let’s be prepared for anything. Bring a lunch. Bring a scope if you have one. Bring your enthusiasm and your flexibility.

Participants limited to 14

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.


Ennis Lake Waterfowl

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Trip Leader: Mike Vivion, 406-210-8071 michael.vivion@gmail.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

This date should catch early migrant waterfowl and an assortment of other birds, including migrating raptors and passerines. Ennis Lake is one of the premiere staging areas for waterfowl in southwest Montana. Some birds will still be in alternate plumage, offering some interesting identification challenges. Large numbers of waterfowl should be present. Bring a lunch, since we’ll be out till at least mid-afternoon. Weather can be a challenge, so bring warm clothes and rain gear in case.

Participants limited to 16

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.


Big Belt Raptors

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Trip Leader: Steve Hoffman 406-461-5714 shoffman@mtaudubon.org

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.
This is an opportunity to visit Montana’s newest hawkwatch site, with one of the founders of Hawkwatch International. Mid October is the peak period of the Golden Eagle migration through central Montana, and at this location the eagles are flying by at very close range affording stunning views. Many other late season raptor migrants, such as Bald Eagles, Northern Goshawks, and Rough-legged Hawks use this same corridor during migration. This location in the Big Belt Mountains east of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, is worth the trip just for the fabulous views of the reservoir and the mountains of south-central Montana. From Bozeman it is a two hour drive, and then another 1.4 mile (900 ft. elevation gain) hike to the hawkwatch site.

Participants limited to 20

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.


Ennis Lake Waterfowl

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trip Leader: John Parker 406-586-5863 conundrumjp@gmail.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

This should be near the peak time for migrating waterfowl. Ennis Lake is one of the premiere staging areas for migrating waterfowl in southwestern Montana. Thousands of ducks can be spread across the lake on any given day. As is typical with high concentrations of birds, there is always the possibility of a rarity being found. Bring a lunch as we’ll be out until at least mid-afternoon. Also, remember to bring plenty of warm clothes as it will likely be cold and windy.

Participants limited to 15

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

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20Sep/16Off

October 20th – SAS Book Group: Adventures in the Anthropocene

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The SAS Book Group is meeting October 20th at 5:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church.

The Sacajawea Book Group is reading Gaia Vince's - Adventures in the Anthropocene, A Journey to the Heart of the Planet.  Please join us to discuss this interesting book.

The group meets every 6 weeks, usually at Hope Lutheran Church, but not always. All are welcome, but if you are coming for the first time, please contact Adele Pittendrigh at 587-7710 or email, adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com.

 

 

20Sep/16Off

October 16th – Big Belt Raptor Field Trip

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Big Belt Raptors

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Trip Leader: Steve Hoffman 406-461-5714    shoffman@mtaudubon.org

 Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.
This is an opportunity to visit Montana’s newest hawkwatch site, with one of the founders of Hawkwatch International. Mid October is the peak period of the Golden Eagle migration through central Montana, and at this location the eagles are flying by at very close range affording stunning views. Many other late season raptor migrants, such as Bald Eagles, Northern Goshawks, and Rough-legged Hawks use this same corridor during migration. This location in the Big Belt Mountains east of Canyon Ferry Reservoir, is worth the trip just for the fabulous views of the reservoir and the mountains of south-central Montana. From Bozeman it is a two hour drive, and then another 1.4 mile (900 ft. elevation gain) hike to the hawkwatch site.

Participants limited to 20

 To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

18Sep/16Off

October 10th Program – Natural History of the Yellowstone Grizzly

Photo by Jim Stewart

Photo by Jim Stewart

Join Sacajawea Audubon on October 10th for a a talk on the natural history of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears with Dr. David Mattson. Dr. Mattson will tell us what makes grizzly bears unique; how and when they got to North America and the Yellowstone region, and the following process of extirpation during 1800-1950; what makes Yellowstone's grizzlies unique, especially when it comes to diet and foods; and, in light of that, why Yellowstone's grizzly bears are severely threatened by on- going losses of food and other environmental deterioration.

Dr. Mattson has more than 35 years of professional training and experience focusing on the ecology and management of grizzly bears and mountain lions as well as the role of science in natural resources policy. He holds degrees in Forest Resource Management and Forest Ecology, and a doctorate in Wildlife Resource Management.

Prior to his retirement in 2013, Dr. Mattson was Research Wildlife Biologist, Leader of the Colorado Plateau Research Station, and Western Field Director of the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, all with US Geological Survey. He is currently Lecturer and Senior Visiting Scientist at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, and Adjunct Faculty with Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Mattson’s research on the habitat and behavior of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears dates back to 1979. From 1984-1993, he held primary responsibility for investigating grizzly bear diet, habitat use, and relationships with humans as a member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. He has authored numerous publications on the ecology and demography of Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population.

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.

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17Sep/16Off

2016 Bridger Raptor Festival – Oct. 7th-9th

RaptorBannerLogoNoDateIt's time for the 20th Annual Bridger Raptor Festival, October 7th, 8th & 9th at Bridger Bowl! Sacajawea Audubon is again co-hosting and will be offering several fun children's activities.

Friday night kicks off at the Museum of the Rockies with keynote speaker, Marco Restani of Montana Audubon, who will present a talk on Avian Migration. Saturday and Sunday's events begin at 10 a.m. at both Saddle Peak and Jim Bridger Lodge at Bridger Bowl. There will be LOTS of family activities including: Build a Bird House, Binocular Target Blitz, Face Painting, Nature Journaling, Sketch a Bird, Raptor ID with Steve Hoffman, interpretive walks with MOSS, and live raptor presentations. There will be an up-to-date raptor count board at the Montana Audubon/Sacajawea Audubon booth for you to see what birds are being seen up at the Bridger Hawk Count site. Bridger Raptor Fest is FREE and a great family-friendly, community event. So grab the kids & grandkids, (but please no dogs) and come up to Bridger Raptor Fest!

**We need VOLUNTEERS!  If you would like to help out at this year's raptor festival, please contact Loreene Reid at (406) 600-6666.

For more information and festival schedule, go to: www.bridgerraptorfest.org/current_events

 

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6Sep/16Off

October 1st – Ennis Lake Waterfowl Field Trip

Redheads (photo courtesy Ed Harper)

Redheads (photo courtesy Ed Harper)

 

Ennis Lake Waterfowl

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Trip Leader: Mike Vivion, 406-210-8071 michael.vivion@gmail.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

This date should catch early migrant waterfowl and an assortment of other birds, including migrating raptors and passerines. Ennis Lake is one of the premiere staging areas for waterfowl in southwest Montana. Some birds will still be in alternate plumage, offering some interesting identification challenges. Large numbers of waterfowl should be present. Bring a lunch, since we’ll be out till at least mid-afternoon. Weather can be a challenge, so bring warm clothes and rain gear in case.

Participants limited to 16

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

4Sep/16Off

Sept. 10th – Headwaters – Three Forks Field Trip

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Leader: Robin Wolcott, 406-581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.

Early September is the peak of fall migration with an amazing diversity of birds passing through Montana. This field trip will take advantage of the many birding opportunities in the Headwaters State Park and Three Forks area. The trip will last until early afternoon but let’s be prepared for anything. Bring a lunch. Bring a scope if you have one. Bring your enthusiasm and your flexibility.

Participants limited to 14

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.