Sacajawea Audubon
2Aug/170

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.
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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.

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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.

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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

 

16Nov/16Off

2016 Christmas Bird Count Schedule

2014 Ennis CBC

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.


Ennis

Wednesday, December 14th

Compiler: Robin Wolcott (406) 581-5418

pajaros@wewolcotts.com  email preferred

Meet at Yesterday’s Café in the Ennis Pharmacy, by 7:30 AM or sooner for breakfast

Bozeman

Saturday, December 17th

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 18th

Compiler: Brad Barth (406) 640-2628

barth.brad@gmail.com

Meet at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, in West Yellowstone at 8:30 AM

Livingston

Sunday, December 18th

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 18th

Compiler: Woody Martyn (406) 224-1476

woodymartyn@hotmail.com

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

 

Three Forks

Monday, December 26th

Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432

tforwood@mt.gov  email preferred

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

 

Ruby Valley

Wednesday, January 4th

Compiler: Tom Forwood (406) 570-6432

tforwood@mt.gov  email preferred

Meet at 8:30 location to be announced


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

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December 12th Program

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Conservation Easements:

The Work of the Montana Land Reliance

Monday December 12th, 2016 at 7pm
Hope Lutheran Church
2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Conservation easements are one of the most powerful tools to accomplish habitat protection for birds and other wildlife. Join Sacajawea Audubon in welcoming Kathryn Kelly of The Montana Land Reliance and learn about the basic process and benefits of creating conservation easements, the work of The Montana Land Reliance (MLR), and projects that are protecting various habitats for raptors, sage grouse and other birds.

We’ll explore the many intersections between the missions and work of Sacajawea Audubon and The Montana Land Reliance and discuss ways in which we can work together to increase conservation and protect more bird habitat lands.

Sacajawea Audubon members have already had connections with MLR through field trips to the Woodson Ranch/Ruby Habitat Foundation in the Ruby Valley and the Granger Ranches in the Madison Valley; both MLR protected properties.

Kathryn Kelly is the Greater Yellowstone Manager with The Montana Land Reliance (MLR), Montana’s statewide land trust. She works with landowners to create conservation easements on private lands in the Greater Yellowstone region of Montana. Her additional duties include education and outreach

programs, building support for the organization and private land conservation, donor development and fundraising. Kathryn was raised on a ranch on the banks of the Gallatin River outside Bozeman. She lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for several years and is an alumni of the University of Alaska where she majored in biology. Kathryn had a successful career in real estate, title insurance, escrow administration, management, and teaching in California’s Bay Area before returning home to Montana. She’s been a longtime activist addressing the increasing development pressure in the Gallatin Valley, protecting the Gallatin River system and agricultural water rights. Before joining the Reliance in 2014, Kathryn was involved with MLR for many years as a supporter and education and outreach volunteer. She and her parents donated conservation easements on the family ranch to MLR in 2001 and 2007. The Kelly Ranch has been the site of two Sacajawea Audubon field trips in 2015 and 2016.

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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.
11Nov/16Off

2016 SAS Mountain Bluebird Trail Summary

Photo courtesy Lou Ann Harris

Photos courtesy Lou Ann Harris

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Sacajawea Audubon 2016 Bluebird Trail Summary

Overall, 2016 was a productive year for Mountain Bluebirds.  A total of 676 bluebirds fledged from nest boxes on our 6 monitored trails.  181 boxes were used out of 272 available.  The remainder were used by tree swallows and house wrens.

Because of a relatively mild spring, the bluebirds began laying eggs over a week earlier than usual.  Even a mid-May snowstorm didn’t slow them down.  The Rocky Mountain Road trail had it’s earliest-ever nestling, found on May 4th.

On the Pass Creek Rd./Rocky Mountain Rd. trails, we banded a total of 310 birds, 268 nestlings and 42 adult females.  We also recaptured 8 females, a couple of which had been banded as nestlings the previous year.  It’s nice to know they are coming back to nest in their natal area.

Predation of nests was up from previous years.  The Rocky Mountain Rd. trail had a total of 24 predated nests (up from 18 last year).  The Pass Creek trail had 34 nests predated (up from 32 last year).  The causes were varied: snakes, raccoons, weasels, kestrels & house sparrows.  In fact one box was found to have a complete house sparrow nest built on top of a dead female bluebird.

One of the most interesting events of the nesting season was an epic battle between a resident male bluebird (whose mate and nestlings had died), and another bluebird pair for the occupancy of Box 70 on Rocky Mountain Road.  The three birds were so engrossed in their fight that they were oblivious to our presence and even slammed into my car on two occasions.  In the end, the new pair won out and successfully raised six fledglings.  And we thought bluebirds were such gentle creatures!

We took a total of 22 people out on the bluebird trails this summer, including 10 on the June 12th field trip.  Everyone loves to see those little bluebird nestlings and hold one in their hands.

The bluebird nest box sponsorship program was a great success, and we plan to do it again for 2017.  Following is a complete report of the success (or failure) of each box, along with its sponsor.  Please click on the link below for the full report.

Lou Ann Harris

2016 SAS Bluebird Trail Report