Sacajawea Audubon


Yellow Warbler - Photo by Hobart Collins

Birds inspire curiosity and a sense of wonder.  Ever wonder who exactly is whistling “Hey Sweetie!” outside your window in the wee hours of the morning?  Or how to identify a bird based on a flash of yellow feathers? Or what the little brown bird in the woodpile is called?  Or why she’s there in the first place?  To help you answer all of these questions and more, Sacajawea Audubon Society is offering a BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP and INTERMEDIATE BIRDING SHORT COURSES.

All courses will be taught by Ashley Martens, an experienced birder, naturalist, and outdoor educator.  Ashley’s approach to teaching birding engages all of your senses to tune in to what you see, hear, and love about the wild birds around us. Contact Ashley at or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register for all classes detailed below.


Participants will be introduced to the basics of birding through 3 evening classroom sessions and 3 field trips to a variety of habitats in the valley.  We will cover bird families, common birds in our region, and what to look and listen for when seeking out the identity of a bird. There will be 3 sections of this course this year.  Section A will have field trips on Saturday mornings.  Section B will have field trips on Sunday mornings.  Section C will have field trips on Friday mornings. Sections A, B and C will meet together for the classroom sessions.

Classroom Sessions

Sections A, B, C:  Thurs evenings   April 26, May 17, & June 7

6:30-8pm        Hope Lutheran Church

Field Trips

Section A:  Saturday mornings   April 28, May 19, & June 9

7-10am            Various Locations

Section B:  Sunday mornings   April 29, May 20, & June 10

7-10am            Various Locations

Section C:  Friday mornings April 27, May 18, & June 8

7-10am            Various Locations

Cost:  $95 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $115 for non-members. Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Ashley Martens at 42 Hitching Post Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715. 

Maximum 8 students per section.  Supply lists will be provided upon registration.


These are the perfect classes for birders who want to boost their birding skills up a notch and start studying more details of plumage, bird behaviors, and more sight and sound identification tips for specific bird families or groups.  Choose as many courses as you like!


Together we’ll explore the ecology of birds in our region who either excavate their own cavities (like woodpeckers and nuthatches) or nest in existing cavities (like bluebirds, chickadees, and some owls).  We’ll also hone in on how to identify woodpeckers by calls, drums, and more.  This trip happens early because most of these species breed early (and there are not so many leaves out so we can spot them easily)!

Classroom Session: Thurs, April 19th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, April 21nd 7-10am


Birds are the true messengers of the forests. They can tell us if there's a fox hiding in the brush, a person about to run down the trail, or a sharp-shinned hawk or owl about to fly through.  Come learn the ancient art of bird language. We’ll learn the 5 voices of the bird and some alarm patterns in class.  We’ll practice identifying these voices and patterns in the field and conduct a “bird sit” together.  Awareness of bird language also inevitably leads to a deeper awareness of self.

Classroom Session: Thurs, May 10th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sun, May 13th 7-10am


Those little brown birds can be difficult to tease apart.  We’ll hone in on plumage, habitat, and songs and calls clues for the sparrows of our region so that we can begin to appreciate their subtle beauty and differences.

Classroom Session: Thurs, May 31st 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 2rd 7-10am


What is better than yellow feathers?!  Well, maybe orange ones!  We’ll learn to identify differences between these wonderfully little flashy, fidgety birds and sort them out with plumage, song/call, and habitat clues.

Classroom Session: Thurs, June 14th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 16th  7-10am


The songs of the thrushes are some of the most magical sounds of summer.  We’ll learn to identify these birds by sight and song, as well as the many other lovely songsters in our region.  This class will focus more on birding by ear than by sight, but of course we will take some time to explore and enjoy visual identification as well.  Other bird families we will be sure to include are: vireos, flycatchers, grosbeaks, and the western tanager.

Classroom Session: Thurs, June 21nd 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 23th 7-10am

Cost per short course:  $45 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $55 for non-members. Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Ashley Martens at 42 Hitching Post Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715.

Maximum 8 students.  Supply lists will be provided upon registration.



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