Sacajawea Audubon
11Oct/17Off

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

SAVE OUR GALLATIN FRONT MEETING: August 30th

Our Last Best Wildlife Corridor in Bozeman Threatened

We urge you to attend a public meeting to discuss a new wildlife study that focuses on the pristine and undisturbed Limestone Creek area. Save Our Gallatin Front, a coalition of Bozeman and Gallatin County citizens, commissioned biologist Steve Gehman of Wild Things Unlimited to do the study, because of the coalition’s concern that the Montana DNRC’s planned logging and road building in this area will destroy our last best wildlife corridor in Bozeman.

The public discussion will take place in the Bozeman Public Library Community Room on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM

31Jul/17Off

Volunteers needed to “Knock out Burdock”

It’s Time to "Knock out Burdock!"

Every summer Sacajawea Audubon volunteers rally to attack burdock and eradicate it from some of our favorite trails. IT’S WORKING! Our efforts are paying off! So few plants remain in the East Gallatin Recreation Area and the Story Mill Community Park that work crews won’t be needed in those areas this year.

Burdock is a nasty introduced plant with 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. If we don’t let the plant go to seed, it will die out.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN!

Join our Audubon led work groups to clip seed heads and cut down plants on any of these dates and locations:

  • July 27        Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead
  • August 2     The ‘M’ Trailhead
  • August 9     Gallagator Trail (Lower) (meet on the south end of the library parking lot)
  • August 12   Gallagator Trail (Upper) (meet on Garfield Street where it intersects Gallagator Trail)
  • August 16   Sourdough Trail in Bozeman **Evening Meeting time: 6 pm **(meet at Gardner Park trailhead on Gardner Park Drive)
  • August 23   Sypes Canyon Trailhead (CANCELLED)
  • August 26   Langhor Park (meet on S. Tracy north of Kagy Corner Store)

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 of fabrics that burs won’t adhere to.  Plan to work for an hour or two, but whatever time you can afford will make a difference.  With your help, we will "Knock out Burdock"!

Contact Paulette Epple at  bigskyepples@msn.com  or   580-6186  for more information.

 

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12Jun/17Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Count – June 28th

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 28th (Wednesday)
Its time for a thorough survey of the breeding birds using our IBA.  The great numbers of waterfowl will be gone and instead we will be challenged to count up all the warblers, flycatchers, swallows, orioles, grosbeaks, raptors, and Sandhill Cranes (101 seen on one year's June count).  This count will take place on Wednesday, June 28th, to avoid the weekend recreationists on Ennis Lake.  Since daylight comes early now, we will be meeting earlier too.  We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café and be ready to head out for the survey at 7 am   I believe the Café opens at 6:30 if you want a quick breakfast there.
If you can help, please email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186.
Also, keep in mind that there will be a survey of the Headwaters IBA on Sunday, June 18th.  Contact Martha Collins atmarthacoll@msn.com to get involved in that count.
28Feb/17Off

Sponsor A Bluebird Box in 2017!

Sacajawea Audubon is once again offering bluebird box sponsorships for the upcoming 2017 nesting season.  It's a fun way to support our chapter's conservation projects.

Sponsorship costs $15 per year per box, and you can sponsor up to 3 boxes total. Once you have signed up and mailed in your check, we will assign you a box number, and as the bluebird nesting season begins you will receive emailed updates and photos. At the end of the season, we will post a complete list of all the boxes including their sponsor's name and the nesting results in the newsletter & on the SAS website.

A bluebird box sponsorship makes a great gift or you can sponsor a box in memory of a loved one.  The money raised will fund the expenses of maintaining the bluebird trail, as well as Sacajawea Audubon's other conservation projects, such as the Kestrel Nest Box project and the Burdock Eradication Project.

To sign up for a bluebird box sponsorship, please fill out the form below and send with a check to:

Lou Ann Harris                        **Please make check out to SACAJAWEA AUDUBON

PO Box 11341

Bozeman, MT 59719

 

BLUEBIRD BOX SPONSORSHIP

NAME _____________________________________________________________

ADDRESS __________________________________________________________

EMAIL _____________________________________________________________

# OF BOXES SPONSORED _______________

IS THIS SPONSORSHIP A MEMORIAL? ________

IN WHOSE NAME? ___________________________________________________

Newly hatched bluebird nestling (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Mountain Bluebird pair. Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Photo courtesy Lou Ann Harris

28Jan/17Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – March 8th

Ennis Lake (L. Harris photo)

The snow may still be lying deep in Gallatin Valley, but spring will be making an appearance before we know it. It will soon be time for our first Madison Valley IBA survey, this time on a Wednesday, March 8th. Raptors should be out in abundance and depending on the what the weather brings in the next three weeks, it will be interesting to see what early migrants are back in the valley. Hope you can join us for a morning out counting birds in the Madison Valley.
If you can help, email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186. We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café in Ennis by 7:45 am. Come early if you would like to eat breakfast there. We should be finished by noon or 1 pm.

25Jan/17Off

February 13th SAS Program

American Bison (photo courtesy Tom Murphy)

Wildlife and Their Wild Land Homes Around the World

Speaker: Tom Murphy

Monday February 13th, 2016 at 7pm

Hope Lutheran Church
2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Wildlife, especially the particularly sensitive birds, can not live without healthy secure wild land. Protecting and conserving wild land habitat is the first requirement for the continued survival of all creatures. SAS welcomes Tom Murphy for a presentation and slide show of his wild land and wildlife photography from around the world over the last 30 years showing the beauty and truth of our wild earth.

Tom Murphy was raised on a 7500 acre cattle ranch in western South Dakota and graduated with honors from Montana State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology.

Tom’s interest in photography began in 1972 and in 1978 he established a professional career in photography when he moved to Livingston, Montana and built a studio there. Through Wilderness Photography Expeditions, which he established in 1986, Tom built an internationally respected photography seminar series teaching natural history photography primarily in Yellowstone Park. His photographs have been used, both editorially and commercially, in numerous regional, national, and international publications including Life, Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Audubon, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Esquire and others. He was Cameron Diaz’s guide in Yellowstone for an MTV project and for Martha Stewart for her television show. He photographed for Meredith Brokaw’s cookbook, Big Sky Cooking.

His first book Silence and Solitude: Yellowstone’s Winter Wilderness won a 2002 Montana Book Award, and the accompanying video, produced by Montana PBS, earned an Emmy nomination. In July 2010, he completed a set of books named The Seasons of Yellowstone that includes four volumes: The Light of Spring, The Abundance of Summer , The Comfort of Autumn, and The Spirit of Winter (Crystal Creek Press). He is featured in “Landscape Photography: American Master Photographers on Their Art” published July 2015.

PBS Nature’s show “Christmas in Yellowstone”, airs nationally and internationally and features Tom’s winter photography and some of his backcountry skiing stories.

Tom’s latest film “The Four Seasons of Yellowstone” will be aired on PBS March 13th, 2017.

24Jan/17Off

Jan. 30th – “KEEP IT PUBLIC” Rally in Helena, and Petition

Gallatin Range

Legislation has again been introduced to transfer ownership of national public lands to Montana.  Montana Audubon Society is one of the organizations opposing this legislation.  A "Keep it Public" rally has been scheduled for January 30th at noon in Helena at the Capitol Rotunda.   Go to http://mtgreatoutdoors.org for more information about the rally or to complete the online petition against the transfer of these lands.

2Jan/17Off

March 9th- SAS Book Group: Grass, Sky, Song

 

The next book group meeting will be March 9, 2017. The discussion will be about Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds by Trevor Herriot, an award winning author who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. One commentator describes the book: “As beautifully rendered as the land it celebrates. The writing, the illustrations [drawn by the author], and the design all rise to the level or art.”

 

Book group meetings go from 5:30-6:45 PM at Hope Lutheran Church. If you are new to the book group and plan to attend for the first time, please contact Adele Pittendrigh so you can be added to the mailing list. adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com