Sacajawea Audubon

FWP to Host Duck ID Class Oct. 4th

Mallard duck         (Lou Ann Harris)

(BOZEMAN, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will present a duck identification workshop, tailored to both waterfowl hunters and bird watchers on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Bozeman. The free class will begin at 6:30 p.m. at FWP’s Region 3 headquarters at 1400 S. 19th A ve.

Retired FWP Wildlife Division Assistant Administrator, Jeff Herbert, will present hands-on identification tips and a video. Jim Hansen and Claire Gower representing both Central and Pacific Flyways, and Matt Wemple, Warden Sergeant from R3 enforcement will also be available to explain and answer questions about Montana’s waterfowl species and Montana’s hunting regulations and seasons.

Montana’s duck and goose hunting season opens Sept. 30 following a special two-day youth waterfowl season for hunters ages 10 to 15 on Sept. 23 and 24.

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to introduce anyone young or old to ducks or duck hunting. It’s also great for those who enjoy bird watching and would like to be better at identifying duck species on the water or in flight, or for those who ventured out on opening weekend who might want to brush up on correctly identifying.

Everyone will get a free duck identification booklet. If duck hunters have harvested ducks the prior weekend, they should feel free to bring in wing specimens that they would like to have identified.

Wood Ducks (Lou Ann Harris)


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Sacajawea Audubon 2017 Birdathon

W. Screech-Owl (Mike Vivion)

Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, June 25, 2017

Spring is here, which means it's time to call your favorite birders and register your birdathon team.

How does a Birdathon Work?

A Birdathon is similar to a walk-a-thon, but instead of collecting pledges per mile walked, you spend a great spring day outdoors with fellow birders, scanning skies, trees, shrubs, fields and water - even your backyard feeder - for birds.  The challenge is to identify as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period from May 13 – June 25, 2017.  You collect pledges per bird species and the money raised benefits Southwestern Montana birds and other wildlife.

To add to the fun - by participating you could win prizes and awards. Check-out the Birdathon Rules and Prize & Award information links you can find under the Birdathon tab at the top of this page, or call Loreene at (406) 600-6666 or Lou Ann at (406) 600-3585.