Sacajawea Audubon
11Oct/170

Bridger Mountains Hawk Watch Featured on Yellowstone Public Radio

Bridger Hawk Watch - 2016

 

Hawk counters Bret Davis and Adam Bradley were recently featured in a story on Yellowstone Public Radio.  Click HERE  to listen to the story.

 

1Sep/17Off

2017 Bridger Mountains Raptor Count – 27th Season

Bridger Hawk Watch

The Bridger Ridge provides viewing one of the largest Golden Eagle migrations known in the lower 48 states. Recent Golden Eagle count totals have varied from 1,000 to 1,400 eagles per season, with up to 200 individuals tallied on peak migration days (usually during the first two weeks of October). Data obtained over the last 27 years has provided scientists with valuable information about trends in Golden Eagles and other raptor populations.

Thanks to the generous support of Sacajawea Audubon Society, August 27th marked the start of the 27th consecutive season of raptor migration research along the crest of the Bridger Mountains. The count will continue through the first week in November.  Montana Audubon, in partnership with HawkWatch International (HWI), coordinated this scientific project for the past 8 seasons. HWI initiated these annual counts in 1991.  This year, Sacajawea Audubon has taken over coordination of the project from Montana Audubon.  This means a financial committment of $13,000.

These majestic birds use the energy-saving updrafts created by strong winds along the crest of the Bridgers to migrate south. The long-term data collected at the Bridger site helps scientists learn about regional and continental raptor population trends. Most importantly, the Bridger project is designed to monitor widespread environmental changes, using these apex predators as valuable barometers of ecological health.

Steve Hoffman, former Executive Director at Montana Audubon emphasizes: “The Bridger Project is the most important migration site in the western United States for monitoring the health and trends of Golden Eagle populations.  The Bridger data are especially important now because there is scientific evidence for long-term declines in Golden Eagle numbers across much of western North America. As a result, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other wildlife conservation agencies are intensifying research efforts to learn more about Golden Eagles and what might be causing this downward trend.”

Hawk counters Bret Davis and Adam Bradley welcome visitors on the ridge, so grab your binoculars, down jacket and make the hike up!

31Jul/17Off

2017 Bridger Raptor Festival – Oct. 6th, 7th, 8th

2016 Bridger Raptor Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's time for the 20th Annual Bridger Raptor Festival, October 6th, 7th & 8th at Bridger Bowl!  Sacajawea Audubon is again co-hosting and will be offering several fun children's activities.

Friday night kicks off at the Ellen Theatre with a special free screening of "The Eagle Huntress".  The show begins at 7 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday's events begin at 10 a.m. at both Saddle Peak and Jim Bridger Lodge at Bridger Bowl. There will be family activities including: Build a Bird House, Binocular Target Blitz, Face Painting, Nature Journaling, Raptor ID with Amy Seaman, 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 Lou Ann Harris at 406-600-3585.

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

2016 Bridger Raptor Festival

2016 Bridger Raptor Festival

11Jul/17Off

2017 SAS Birdathon Award Winners Announced

Rockin' Red Rocks Team

The winners of our 2017 Birdathon Awards were recently given out at our awards party on June 29th.  This was one of our most successful birdathons over the past 5 years, raising close to $9,000!  6 different teams participated, including:

The Wingnuts on the Fly: Paulette Epple (leader), Steve Hoffman, Martha Collins, Hobart Collins

The Wrenegades: Lou Ann Harris (leader), Stephanie Nelson, Adele Pittendrigh, Judy Tolliver

The Executives:  Paulette Epple, Lou Ann Harris, Loreene Reid, Evelyn Acton, Janne Hayward

The Oblivious Sage Hens: Sharon Hanton (leader), Loreene Reid, Sharon Tholt, Emily Sieger

Rockin' Red Rocks: Loreene Reid (leader), Steve Hoffman, Leo Freeman, John Edwards, The Sauerwein Family, Steph Nelson, Martha & Hobart Collins, Emily Sieger, Adele & Sandy Pittendrigh, Lou Ann Harris

The Brewer's Sparrows: Chris Nixon (leader), Dillon Potter, Carol Anderson, Bob Swinth, Loreene Reid, Julie Thill, Travis Kidd & Hailey, Sharon Hanton, Angie K., Lou Ann Harris.  This team used only pedal power on a Pub Bike!

 

The Birdathon Awards are as follows:

Most Species Seen:  Wingnuts on the Fly - 138

Most Species in an IBA:  Rockin Red Rocks - 105

Most Raptors Seen:  Wingnuts on the Fly - 121

Most Magpies Seen:  Oblivious Sage Hens - 257

Most Pledges:  Evelyn Acton - 28

Most Money Raised, Individual:  Lou Ann Harris - $1,827     Team: Wrenegades $4,872

Carbon Neutral Award:  Brewer's Sparrows - 10 miles pedaled, 30 bird species seen

Rookie Award:  Judy Tolliver

Mentor Award:  Lou Ann Harris

Best Bird Award:  The Wrenegades - Bobolink

 

We'd like to thank all of the people who donated to this fundraising effort, and also a big thank you to our special guest Jeff Marks for being our impartial judge!

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20Jun/17Off

COME CELEBRATE THE NEW TRIDENT PEREGRINE TRAIL!

Peregrine Falcon (photo by Kate Davis)

THE TRIDENT-PEREGRINE TRAIL GRAND OPENING

Missouri Headwaters State Park

Designated an “Important BirdArea” by the National Audubon Society

Saturday, July 8th

9:00 am to 12:30 pm

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 27, 2017

Contact:  Dave Andrus, (406) 285-3610

Grand Opening of the Trident-Peregrine Trail at Missouri Headwaters State Park –Saturday July 8 at 9:00 a.m.-

(Three Forks, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) invites members of the public to join us and our partners for the dedication of the new Trident-Peregrine Birding Trail in Missouri Headwaters State Park.  Through a collaborative partnership, this new interpretive trail travels through a designated Important Birding Area (IBA) and will be an integral component to interpret the incredible bird activity Missouri River Headwaters State Park.

This trail provides the best viewing area of peregrine and prairie falcons who utilize the towering limestone cliffs across the river from Missouri Headwaters State Park.  Many other bird species also use the area which has a unique combination of cliffs, rivers, shoreline vegetation and nesting areas.  Birders from throughout the country, and internationally, use the area to view and study birds.  Local schools will also benefit from the trail as it provides an excellent outdoor classroom that is easy and safe for school groups access.  Trailside interpretive panels and a unique shelter and benches, designed by local architect Ken VanDeWalle, add to the educational opportunities offered from this project.

Events planned for Saturday include the a 9:00 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at Trident-Peregrine Trailhead adjacent to the park’s boat launch.  Plant tours of CRH- Trident cement plant at 9:30 and 10:30 am.  Cliff bird viewing all day long and guided bird walks with local birding experts.  Kids will also have a chance to build and fly kites, make bird clay sculptures and try their hand at gold panning.  Lunch will be provided at 11:30 at the park’s picnic area.

Our partners on this unique project include the following:

  • CRH-Trident, the local cement plant for providing labor and materials to construct the trail.
  • Sacajawea Chapter of the Audubon Society; for providing technical assistance regarding birding and habitat as well as ongoing interpretation and financial assistance.
  • Northwestern Energy River Fund; for providing the funding for trial side amenities.
  • Montana State University Landscape Design Capstone Service Learning for providing project ideas and concepts and graphic work for trail side signs.
  • Architect Ken VanDeWalle for creating a unique shelter inspired by a bird in flight and benches.
  • Montana State Parks for construction designs, assisting Trident with trail construction, interpretive design, and ongoing maintenance of the trail.

For more information, call the park visitor center at (406) 285-3610.

What:  Grand Opening of the Trident-Peregrine Trail at Missouri Headwaters State Park

When:  Saturday, July 8 at 9:00 am

Where:  North end of Missouri Headwaters State Park at the Missouri River boat ramp,

1585 Trident Road, Three Forks, MT

http://stateparks.mt.gov/missouri-headwaters/

Visit Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more and discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth.

 

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A division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

stateparks.mt.gov

Contact:

Dave Andrus

Park Manager,

Missouri Headwaters State Park


9:00    

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  at the Trident-Peregrine Trailhead

9:30  

CRH Cement Plant Tour 1 (Bus leaves at the boat launch)

Cliff Bird Viewing (Trail viewing area)*

10:00  

Bird Kite Making

Gold Panning Starts*

Bird Clay Sculpture Making 1

10:30    

CRH Cement Plant Tour 2

Bird Clay Sculpture Making 2

11:30  

Lunch


Unless indicated, all activities are at the Park’s Picnic Area

* ongoing activities 9:30 to 11:30

13Jun/17Off

Birdathon Awards Party – June 29th, 7 p.m., East Gallatin Rec. Area

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

The annual Birdathon Awards Party will be held Thursday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the East Gallatin Recreation Area picnic shelter.  Drinks, snacks and desserts will be served.  Awards to be handed out include:  Most Species Identified (Full Day & Half Day), Most $$ Raised, Rookie Award, Carbon Neutral Award, Mentor Award, Best Bird Award, Most Pledges Collected, Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) and Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen).

All Birdathon team members and their families are invited, as well as chapter members.

Please come and help us celebrate a successful fundraising effort!

1Apr/17Off

SAS 50th Anniversary Field Trip – Red Rock Lakes NWR, June 2-4

Lower Lake - Red Rocks NWR

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Trip   **TRIP IS FULL**

June 2- 4, 2017

Join us as we celebrate Sacajawea Audubon Society’s 50th anniversary with a 3-day 2-night trip to the world-renowned Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.  This is a wonderful guided trip for beginner to advance birders.

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in the scenic and isolated Centennial Valley of southwestern Montana, approximately 40 miles west of Yellowstone National Park. The refuge has a vast array of habitat, ranging from high elevation wetland and prairie at 6,600 feet, to the harsh alpine habitat of the Centennial Mountains at 9,400 feet above sea level. It is this diverse, marsh-prairie-sagebrush-montane environment that gives Red Rock Lakes its unique character.

Birds are special residents at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge’s rich wetlands and nearby forests makes ideal habitat for breeding and feeding birds in early June.  Red Rock Lakes is best known as the primary location for the efforts to save the Trumpeter Swan from extinction.  In addition to the beautiful trumpeter swan, there are a minimum of 232 other species of birds that have been recorded within the refuge.  Some of the many species we hope to see are: Long-billed Curlew, Sandhill Crane, Sage Thrasher, Brewer’s & Vesper Sparrow, White-faced Ibis, American Avocet, Willet, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Harrier, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Swainson’s Hawk, Short-eared Owl, and various ducks, flycatchers, kinglets, warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, woodpeckers, and if we’re lucky, Sage Grouse.

Details for this special Red Rock Wildlife Refuge trip:

  • Departs from Bozeman at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 2, returning to Bozeman by 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 4.
  • Limited to 12 participants
  • Guided by Wildlife Biologist & Endangered Species Specialist, Steve Hoffman,  past director of Montana Audubon and Hawkwatch International
  • Cost $450 (includes transportation to-and-from Bozeman, lodging & all meals at Elk Lake Lodge and Steve Hoffman’s professional guiding)

For more information, a full itinerary or to register contact Loreene Reid at pres@sacajaweaaudubon.org or 406 600-6666.

 

 

1Apr/17Off

Photography Workshop with Tom Murphy – May 12th & 13th, 2017

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3Jan/17Off

March 13th Program – An Evening With Wildlife Filmmaker Bob Landis

**NOTE:  WE ARE NOT MEETING AT HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH FOR THIS PROGRAM**

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sacajawea Audubon presents a special evening with wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis.

Bob Landis will present his lectured video, Y to A: 2016 High Lights, on Monday, March 13th at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman.  The program is a summary of the best sequences filmed in Yellowstone and Denali this past year by Landis.  It includes the usual cast of characters; wolves, coyotes, foxes, bears and a variety of birds, with emphasis on interesting behavior.  A few sequences have already been incorporated into current projects; most are waiting in line for future programs.  Outstanding sequence goes to the golden eagle attacking a coyote in an attempt to steal its food.  The program is suitable for all audiences with kill sequences left on the cutting room floor.  A review of a just-completed program about the Hayden and Canyon wolf packs is included as a trailer.
 
Bob starting filming wildlife with his father in 1960 as a rank amateur.  His father took extensive big hunting trips in northern British Columbia.  These were documented in 16mm film.  On these hunts, Bob was told to go "shoot".  It was left to him to decide to shoot with camera or gun.  Landis has long put the gun aside, but continues to "shoot" with a camera, full-time professionally since 1993.  He was lucky to be on the scene and fully equipped when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone.  In the succeeding 21 years, Bob co-produced eight one hour programs for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and NATURE.  His favorites are IN THE VALLEY OF THE WOLVES for NATURE on PBS, and THE RISE OF BLACK WOLF for the National Geographic Channel.  Bob considers himself semi-retired, mostly tired, and has gone back to his roots of producing, with a partner, his own programs.  The most recent being:  WHITE WOLF OF THE HAYDEN PACK, and WHITE WOLF OF THE CANYON PACK.
 
The program begins at 7 p.m. with a social starting at 6:30.  Beer, wine & coffee will be available for purchase. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to help support Sacajawea Audubon conservation programs.

1Jan/17Off

Bird Photography Classes for DSLR with Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich

Bird Photography - Level I for DSLR cameras only

This class is for those of you who want to get out of Program or Auto modes and learn how to shoot wildlife/birdlife in Aperture Priority mode. Learning where your functions  lie within the menu and on the camera plus understanding the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed, and F stops & reading the histogram  are key ingredients in this level.

The class instruction includes:

 3 lectures of 2.5 hours each with” hands on” in class instruction  & possible outside shooting(weather permitting) plus a combined lecture and 4-5 hour field trip

Minimum: 4 people, maximum 10 people at $115 each (SAS Member), $140 each (non-member)

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 24 and MARCH 2 and 4

TIMES:  THUR (both dates), FRI  5:30-8pm; SAT 10-2pm

DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP WITH THIS CLASS ISMONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017

 When you sign up you MUST have your own camera & mention your camera “Brand” and the Model such as Canon T3i plus which lenses you have. NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED.

**To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Nelson via email (preferred) at s.n.mayfly@gmail.com, or call (406) 587-3052. Payment will be required prior to the class.

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Bird Photography - Level II for DSLR cameras only 

This class is for those with DSLR cameras who shoot in Manual or Aperture Priority & understand the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed, and F stops. This workshop stresses how to get correct EXPOSURE and working with LIGHT QUALITY & your position to your subject.

 The class instruction includes:

 3  lectures of 2.5 hours each with” hands on” in class instruction  & possible outside shooting (weather permitting) plus a combined lecture/field trip of 4-5 hours.

 Minimum: 4 people, maximum 10 people at $115 each (SAS Member), $140 each (non-member)

DATE: MARCH 8, 9, 10, 11

TIMES: WED, THUR, FRI -5:30-8pm; SAT 10-2pm

 DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP WITH THIS CLASS ISMONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

 When you sign up you MUST have your own camera & mention your camera “Brand” and the Model such as Canon T3i plus which lenses you have. NO POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED.

**To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Nelson via email (preferred) at s.n.mayfly@gmail.com, or call (406) 587-3052. Payment will be required prior to the class.

Carol Polich has been widely published in the USA and internationally with her photos and travel adventure stories since the early 1990’s. She not only continues to travel and work with a variety of publishers but she also leads several photo workshops in the western USA. During the year, Polich currently teaches a variety of highly successful photography classes through the Bozeman Adult Community Education program. A list of her accomplishments can be viewed by googling her name and checking out her website.

www.wildnaturetrails.com

Photo by Carol Polich

Photo by Carol Polich