Sacajawea Audubon
17Sep/170

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

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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

16Sep/170

“Montana’s Mysterious Bats” – October 9th Program

Come and discover the fascinating and mysterious world of bats. This program will explore the importance of bats to our ecosystem and agriculture, bat biology, threats to bat populations, current research, rabies, myths, echolocation, and more! You’ll also learn what you can do to help promote bat conservation in your own back yard.

Matt has been leading bat walks and bat education programs for the past six years as a volunteer for the Montana Wild Education Center (FWP) in Helena. As a passionate bat advocate, Matt also volunteers to help humanely resolve bat/human conflicts in homes. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and currently works for the Montana Land Reliance.

Photos courtesy Matt Bell

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.

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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

3Apr/17Off

2017 SACAJAWEA AUDUBON BIRDING WORKSHOPS

Black-headed Grosbeak (Lou Ann Harris)

REMINDER: 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 ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register for all classes detailed below.


BEGINNING BIRDING IN FOREST AND FIELD WORKSHOP

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 2 sections of this course this year. Section A will have field trips on Saturday mornings. Section B will have field trips on Sunday mornings. Sections A and B will meet together classroom sessions.

Classroom Sessions:

Sections A & B: Thurs evenings April 27, May 18, & June 8 6:30-8pm Hope Lutheran Church

Field Trips:

Section A: Saturday mornings April 29, May 20, & June 10 7-10am Various Locations
Section B: Sunday mornings April 30, May 21, & June 11 7-10am Various Locations

Cost for Beginning course: $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.


INTERMEDIATE BIRDING SHORT COURSES

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!

CAVITY NESTERS

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 20th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, April 22nd 7-10am

BIRD LANGUAGE

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 11th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, May 13th 7-10am

SPARROWS & ALLIES

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, June 1st 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 3rd 7-10am

WARBLERS

What is better than yellow feathers?! 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 15th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 17th 7-10am

THRUSHES & OTHER SONGSTERS: BIRDING BY EAR

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 22nd 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 24th 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.

3Apr/17Off

Warblers Birding Workshop – Room Still Available

American Redstart (photo by Lou Ann Harris)

INTERMEDIATE BIRDING SHORT COURSES

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!

This course 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 ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register for all classes detailed below.

 

WARBLERS - ROOM STILL AVAILABLE

What is better than yellow feathers?! 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 15th 6:30-8pm; Field Trip: Sat, June 17th 7-10am

 

 

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1Apr/17Off

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

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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

 

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

19Dec/16Off

Raptor Identification Workshop and Field Trip – March 1st & 4th

 Raptor Identification Workshop and Field Trip

March 1st and 4th  

Red-tailed Hawk (Lou Ann Harris)

Presented by: Steve Hoffman,

founder of HawkWatch International

Have you ever wanted to sharpen your raptor identification skills? If so, this is the workshop for you! On Wednesday evening Steve will provide a detailed discussion of the identification and natural history of all raptor (e.g., hawks, eagles, falcons, etc.) species wintering in the Gallatin Valley. Steve’s illustrated talk will include a description of the many plumage variations (including subspecies and color forms, as well as age and sex variations) of the more common and observable species. Helpful behavioral clues will also be incorporated. Eagles, falcons and the “buteo” hawks (such as Red-tailed Hawks) will be emphasized. Participants will then go into the field (north of Bozeman) on Saturday to practice their newly-developed skills. Steve’s presentation will be especially valuable for “intermediate” and “advanced” raptor watching enthusiasts, although beginners will also find this workshop quite helpful.

The Wednesday night presentation will start at 6:30 PM and last till 8:45 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library’s small conference room.

Saturday morning’s field trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies at 8:15 am, and leave at 8:30. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring any necessary drinks or snacks for this 4-5 hour trip. If you have a spotting scope you can bring, that would be helpful.

There is a $40 fee for current Sacajawea Audubon members, and just $15 for participants under age 25, or $60 for non-members (the $60 includes a $25 Sacajawea Audubon membership). There is a 20-person limit for the workshop and field trip. Advance reservation and payment is required. For more information and to make reservations please call John Parker at 586-5863 or e-mail birdsightings@sacajaweaaudubon.org.

 

15Dec/16Off

January 9th Program

Veracruz River of Raptors Project

Monday January 9th, 2016 at 7pm

Hope Lutheran Church

2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Steve Hoffman recently retired as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, serving in this capacity for more than decade (2006-2016). He has devoted his entire 38- year career to wildlife conservation. After 10 years of government service (mostly as an Endangered Species Biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the American Southwest), Steve founded HawkWatch International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to monitoring and conserving hawks, eagles and other raptors across the American West (he launched the Bridger Raptor Migration Project in 1991). Steve moved to Bozeman more than 12 years ago from his birth state of Pennsylvania. He has authored more than 35 scientific papers on raptor migration ecology & conservation, and endangered species management. Steve has given dozens of presentations on the identification, migration and conservation of raptors to diverse audiences throughout the US and abroad. He earned his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (Logan, UT) in 1979.

Steve will present an overview of the Veracruz River of Raptors Project (VRR), located near the Gulf Coast in eastern Mexico. This project was developed to monitor the largest raptor migration on Earth (4-6 million raptors of >20 species are tallied each autumn). As co-founder of the project, Steve will summarize how VRR was launched, and will provide an overview of key findings from this remarkable 25-year raptor population monitoring effort. Steve will also highlight his upcoming fall 2017 birding tour to Veracruz (through Merlin Birding Tours), including opportunities to view this absolutely stunning raptor migration spectacle; participants will also enjoy many other diverse birding experiences in central and southern Veracruz - over 300 bird species may be observed on this trip!

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.

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