Sacajawea Audubon
8Nov/16Off

2016 Skiing For The Raptors Raffle

Bridger Hawk Watch - 2016

Bridger Hawk Watch - 2016

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Bridger Hawk Watch

Bridger Hawk Watch

 

Support the Bridger Mountains Raptor Count (now in it's 25th year), which records one of the largest concentrations of autumnal migrant Golden Eagles known in the Lower 48.  Help Sacajawea Audubon and Montana Audubon continue this important research project in our very own Bridger Mountains by purchasing a raffle ticket, and be one of two winners of a Bridger Bowl Season Ski Pass (2016-2017). Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.

To purchase a ticket, call Mike Vivion at (406) 210-8071 or Loreene Reid at (406) 600-6666.  Tickets will also be available at our November 14th meeting.

Drawing Date: November 14, 2016 at the SAS November meeting, Hope Lutheran Church.

 

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23Sep/16Off

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

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.

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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27Jul/16Off

Volunteers needed to “Knock out Burdock”!

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Join Sacajawea Audubon as we continue to work this summer to eradicate burdock from some of our favorite trails.  This nasty introduced plant has Velcro-like seed heads that entrap songbirds, slowly causing their deaths.  You may know burdock from brushing against it and getting the burs caught in your hair, your clothes, or your dog's fur.  Lucky for us this plant is a short-lived biennial. If we can keep a stand of burdock from setting seed by clipping off the seed heads early, it will eventually die out.

Audubon volunteers will be leading work groups to clip the seed heads throughout the summer and WE NEED HELP!  Join us if you can at any of these dates and locations:

  • July 28 - The “M” Trailhead
  • July 30 -   East Gallatin Recreation Area (meet at the beach)
  • August 3 - Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead
  • August 10 - Story Mill Community Park  (park along Story Mill Road just south of the Story Mill)
  • August 13 -  Sypes Canyon Trailhead
  • August 16 - Gallagator Trail (meet on Garfield Street where it intersects the Gallagator Trail)
  • August 25 - Sourdough Trail in Bozeman **Evening Meeting time: 6 pm ** (meet at Gardner Park trailhead on Gardner Park Drive)

We will meet each morning at 7:30 am. (EXCEPT Sourdough Trail which is a 6 pm evening event!) Bring pruning clippers if you have them and wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants, all of fabrics that burs won’t adhere to.  Plan to work for an hour or two.  Whatever time you can afford.  With your help, we will "Knock out Burdock"!

Contact Paulette Epple at  bigskyepples@msn.com    or   580-6186  for more information.Or contact Janne Hayward at 587-6124 to help her remove burdock from other smaller sites, dates negotiable.

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2Jan/16Off

SAS Book Group: Next Selection “”Of A Feather: A Brief History of American Birding”

Book Group's First Book of the New Year - Jan. 21st, 5:30 p.m.

The Sacajawea Audubon Book Group is reading Scott Weidensaul's Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding in January. It promises to be a fun and informative read by the author of Living on the Wind. The discussion begins at 5:30 in Hope Lutheran Church on January 21, 2016. All are welcome, but please let Adele Pittendrigh know if you are planning to attend for the first time. (adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com)

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14Dec/15Off

2015 Christmas Bird Count Schedule

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Come join the fun on one of our area’s Christmas Bird Counts.  The Christmas counts, started in 1900, are an opportunity for beginning and expert birders to get together and enjoy this holiday tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, December 16th

Compiler: Robin Wolcott (406) 581-5418  pajaros@wewocotts.com

Meet at Yesterday’s Café in the Ennis Pharmacy,

By 7:30 AM or sooner for breakfast

 

Bozeman

Saturday, December 19th

Compiler: John Parker (406) 586-5863   conundrumjp@gmail.com

Meet at Perkins Restaurant, 2505 West Main, in Bozeman, between 7-7:30 AM

 

West Yellowstone

Sunday, December 20th

Compiler: Brad Barth (406) 640-2628   barth.brad@gmail.com

Meet at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

West Yellowstone at 8:30 AM

 

Livingston

Sunday, December 20th

Compiler: Sally MacDonald (406) 223-9167   smacbirder@msn.com

Meet at the Northern Pacific Beanery, in Livingston, between 7:00-7:30 AM

 

Yellowstone

Sunday, December 20th

Compiler: Woody Martyn (406) 224-1476   woodymartyn@hotmail.com

Meet at the Yellowstone Grill, in Gardiner, at 7:00 AM

 

Three Forks

Monday, December 28th

Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432   tjfishing75@gmail.com

Meet at Wheat Montana at exit 274 at 8:30 AM, or by 8:00 for breakfast

 

For more information, contact the area count compilers. Please Contact the area compiler before the count, as this will give them the opportunity to plan and organize the count before the count day.  Participation in all counts is free.

6Nov/15Off

SAS Book Group: Next Selection – “Rosalie Edge: Hawk of Mercy”

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It’s time to start thinking about our next book, a biography of Rosalie Edge, described as “the first American woman to achieve national renown as a conservationist.”  Among her other accomplishments, she established the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, the first preserve for birds of prey, and the Emergency Conservation Committee, described by the author Dyana Z. Furmansky, as the “most militant nature advocacy organization of its time.” I had not heard about Rosalie Edge before a Montana birder suggested her biography as a “must read” book.  I am looking forward to reading and discussing the story of her life, times, and influence.

We will discuss Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy, on December 3, so it’s not too early to plan your reading. If you want to attend the book group discussion and are not yet on the book group mailing list, please let me know.

Adele Pittendrigh: (adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com)

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