Sacajawea Audubon

2017 Fall Field Trip Schedule

Eastern Kingbird (L. Harris photo)

Headwaters-Three Forks

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Trip Leader: Robin Wolcott          406-581-5418

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.

Harrison Reservoir

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Trip Leader: John Parker  406-586-5863

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

September is the peak of the fall migration, with an amazing diversity of birds passing through southwestern Montana. The emphasis of this trip will be on waterfowl and shorebirds, while exploring all the shorelines and other habitats around Harrison Reservoir. This trip will last until mid-afternoon, so bring a lunch and anything else you may need for a day in the field. Scopes will be especially useful on this trip, as many of the birds will be distant.

Participants limited to 15  

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

Ennis Lake Waterfowl 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Trip Leader: Mike Vivion   406-210-8071

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

This date should catch migrant waterfowl and an assortment of other birds, including migrating loons and raptors. 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.

Bridger Raptor Migration Field Trip

Saturday, September 30, 2017 (if bad weather plan for alternative date of October 1st)

Trip Leader: Steve Hoffman 406-461-5714

We will meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies to organize a carpool, and plan to depart around 8 am.

Late September and early October is typically the peak of the fall raptor migration atop the Bridger Mountains, with a good diversity of raptors likely passing by our observation point above Bridger Bowl Ski Area. At this time of year we are likely to see good numbers of migrating Golden Eagles, Red-tailed, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks, as well as American Kestrels. There is a strong likelihood that we may also see small numbers of the rare Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon, as well as Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers! We shall plan to be back in Bozeman no later than 6pm (or sooner, if needed).

PLEASE NOTE that this field trip will require a vigorous, 3-mile hike each way, with a 2,100-ft. gain in elevation. Be prepared for a 2-hour hike to the top, and a 1.5-hour hike back down to the parking area. However, we will NOT be in a rush, but instead will enjoy a leisurely hike to the observation point. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring several layers of clothing (including a windbreaker), warm hat & gloves, and of course lots of food & water. If the weather is not cooperative we will postpone the trip until Sunday. In the event the weather is poor both days we will likely cancel the trip.

Participants limited to 20   

To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information, please contact the trip leader at your earliest convenience, as this trip is likely to fill quickly!

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SAS Book Group: Seeking New Members & Songbird Journeys, Oct. 18th

Book Group Seeks New Members; Third Year Opens with Songbird Journeys

Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons In the Lives of Migratory Birds by Miyoko Chu explores lives of songbirds and their migrations. “Songbird Journeys pays homage to the wonder and beauty of songbirds while revealing the remarkable lives of migratory birds and the scientific quest to answer age-old questions about where songbirds go...."

The discussion of Songbird Journeys will be on October 18th, 5:30-6:45PM, in the comfortable youth room of the Hope Lutheran Church. The book group seeks new members, and all SAS members are warmly invited to participate. Discussions are informal, lively and fun.


Please send email to Adele Pittendrigh if you are participating for the first time. (

Happy Reading!


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“Montana’s Mysterious Bats” – October 9th Program

Come and discover the fascinating and mysterious world of bats. This program will explore the importance of bats to our ecosystem and agriculture, bat biology, threats to bat populations, current research, rabies, myths, echolocation, and more! You’ll also learn what you can do to help promote bat conservation in your own back yard.

Matt has been leading bat walks and bat education programs for the past six years as a volunteer for the Montana Wild Education Center (FWP) in Helena. As a passionate bat advocate, Matt also volunteers to help humanely resolve bat/human conflicts in homes. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and currently works for the Montana Land Reliance.

Photos courtesy Matt Bell

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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