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29Feb/16Off

March 26th – Spring Birding At Ennis Lake

Ennis Lake

Ennis Lake

A sure cure for spring fever is lots of early spring birds!  The primary focus of this trip will be the migrating waterfowl at Ennis Lake.  At this time of year the ducks will be at their dazzling best in full breeding plumage, and usually in great abundance.  This is also near the peak of migration for some of the larger waterfowl, such as Tundra Swans and Snow Geese.  Along with the waterfowl, this trip will provide a good opportunity for finding other early migrants such as Sandhill Cranes, Tree Swallows, and Mountain Bluebirds.  It is spring in Montana so be sure to be prepared for the weather, with plenty of warm layers of clothing for a day out in the elements. We will return to the museum mid afternoon, so bring a lunch and snacks. This trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies parking lot at 8 AM Saturday March, 26th.  After arranging for carpooling, we will head for Ennis Lake at 8:15.  There is a 15 person limit for the trip, so sign up early. Contact Vic Fesolowitz at 539-8251 to reserve a spot.

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10Feb/16Off

Raptor ID Workshop & Field Trip with Steve Hoffman

Raptor Identification Workshop and Field Trip March 11th and 12th 

**WORKSHOP IS FULL**

(Presented by: Steve Hoffman, Executive Director, MT Audubon and founder of HawkWatch International)

Have you ever wanted to sharpen your raptor identification skills?  If so, this is the workshop for you! On Friday 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 Friday night presentation will start at 7 PM and last till 9 PM, in the Bozeman Public Library’s small conference room.

Saturday morning’s field trip will meet at the Museum of the Rockies at 8:30 am, and leave at 8:45.  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 that you can bring, that would be helpful.

There is a $35 fee for Sacajawea Audubon members, $15 for participants under age 25, or $55 for non-members (the $55 includes a $20 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.

Northern Goshawk (photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Northern Goshawk (photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (photo by L. Harris)

Sharp-shinned Hawk (photo by L. Harris)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Ennis

2014 Ennis CBC

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.

8Oct/15Off

Oct. 24th – Ennis Lake Fall Field Trip

Ennis Lake (L. Harris photo)

Ennis Lake (L. Harris photo)

Saturday, October 24th

Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies

Carpool and depart at 8:00 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.  Limit 16 people.  For more information and to make reservations, call John Parker at 586-5863 or email at birdsightings@sacajaweaaudubon.org.

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5Sep/15Off

Fall Migration Field Trip – Sept. 12th

IMG_44691.jpgFall Migration Field Trip

This trip is FULL.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Trip Leader: Robin Wolcott 406-581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
Meet at 7:45 am at the Museum of the Rockies. Carpool and leave at 8 am.
September is the peak of fall migration with an amazing diversity of birds passing through Montana. This field trip will take advantage of the many birding opportunities in the Headwaters State Park and Three Forks area. The trip will last until early afternoon but let’s be prepared for anything. Bring a lunch. Bring a scope if you have one. Bring your enthusiasm and your flexibility.
To reserve a spot on the trip or for more information please contact the trip leader.

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25Jun/15Off

Rocky Mountain Rd. Bluebird Trail Field Trip – June 28th & 29th

Mt Bluebird pair  (L. Harris)

Mt Bluebird pair (L. Harris)

➢June 28 and 29: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail

Leaders: Janne Hayward 587-6124 jannehayward@juno.com , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585 montlou311@gmail.com
(1/2 day)

Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds. Join bluebirders Janne Hayward and Lou Ann Harris, as they check bluebird nest boxes and band adults and nestlings along Rocky Mountain Road. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the lives of these amazing birds, including nest building, egg laying and raising young. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, we are limiting these field trips to 8 participants.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

24Jun/15Off

Mission Creek Field Trip – June 27th

Green-tailed Towhee  (L. Harris)

Green-tailed Towhee (L. Harris)

➢June 27: Mission Creek
Leader: Robin Wolcott 581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
(mostly driving with light walking on roads)
(Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)
After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson’s parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 AM and then leave from there at 7:45 AM. Car-pooling is essential.

In the rolling prairie just east of Livingston we will seek McCown’s Longspur and Long-billed Curlew. Along Little Mission Creek we will watch for riparian species, then search for residents of the spruce/fir forest. On our return along Mission Creek we could find a Cordilleran Flycatcher or a Golden Eagle. Over 130 species have been seen along this route including Sprague’s Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, Green-tailed Towhee. Spectacular views, abundant wild flowers, and wildlife make the trip through the northern foothills of the Absaroka Mountains a trip to remember. 18 person limit.

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

 

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8Jun/15Off

Montana’s Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns – June 19th

➢June 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns

Leader: Tom Forwood at 406-570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com

Check out Montana's two species of Nightjar, the Common Nighthawk and the more elusive Common Poorwill. The park is known for some of its interesting breeding bird species and the Poorwill is one of the more unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so at dusk to check out some of the arid country daytime species such as Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees and Rock Wrens. Once it gets dark we will look for high flying Nighthawks and low lying Poorwills with the possibility for some owls and several bat species as well. We will meet at the park's campground parking area at 8:30 PM for a 90 minute to 2 hour walk. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and layering clothing for changing conditions are recommended. 15 person limit

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5Jun/15Off

2015 Spring Field Trip Schedule

Western Meadowlark (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Western Meadowlark (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 AM and depart at 7:00 AM unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the person driving is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

➢May 9: Headwaters State Park
Leader: Martha Collins 586-9478 or 579-0506
marthacoll@msn.com (1/2 day trip; easy walking)
The Headwaters area includes a variety of habitats, including sage/grassland and riparian, so anything from waterfowl to sparrows can occur. One of the unique features of the Headwaters area are the limestone cliffs, which support several cliff nesting species such as Prairie Falcons and White-throated Swifts. The park, which is situated along the Missouri River corridor, is an ideal location to observe early spring migrants. Those wishing to meet at the Headwaters area contact the trip leader. 15 person limit.

➢May 9: Shields Valley Driving Tour
Leader: Forrest Rowland 814-573-1391 rowbird2005@gmail.com.
(Options for half to full day)
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by visiting Shields Valley’s birding hot spots with local guides. The array of habitats visited will range from dense riparian, lush agricultural, shortgrass prairie, and sage flats at lower elevations, up through mixed Douglas Fir and Pine forests to high-elevation Sub-alpine Fir, depending on road conditions. We will also spend plenty of time birding Cottonwood Reservoir , which will surely be loaded with waterfowl and shorebirds at this peak time of year. Options for half- to full day.
Meet at the Clyde Park Post Office parking lot, at 7:00 AM for car-pooling.

➢May 16: Old Town Road and Milligan Canyon
Leader: Tom Forwood 570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com
(1/2 day trip; mostly driving with light walking on roads)
This trip begins along the cottonwood bottomlands of the Jefferson River, and then abruptly moves into dry greasewood/sage scrubland habitat. Birds along this section will range from Dusky Flycatchers and Bullock’s Orioles, to Sage Thrashers and Brewer’s Sparrows. The route then cuts through the arid limestone cliffs of Milligan Canyon. Canyon Wrens, Rock Wrens, and Spotted Towhees frequent this dry landscape. Golden Eagles and Pinyon Jays are also a possibility along this portion of the trip. 15 person limit

➢May 23: Triple Tree Trail
Leader: Loreene Reid 600-6666
pres@sacajaweaaudubon.org
(5 hour trip; moderately strenuous climbing 500 ft, 4 miles)
As this trail climbs the hillside it passes through a number of habitats, and transitional edges between them. At the bottom of the mountain, grassland quickly gives way to brushy deciduous habitat as the trail crosses Limestone Creek, where Ruffed Grouse, Calliope Hummingbirds, and Lazuli Buntings are some of the birds to expect. The trail then ascends through Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests with a wide variety of nesting birds, including Cassin’s Vireo, Swainson’s Thrush, and Western Tanager. This trip features perhaps the greatest diversity of any short hike in the Gallatin Valley. 12 person limit

➢May 23: Sweetgrass County Prairie Bird Tour
Leader: Beth Madden 406-224-1012 bethmadden64@gmail.com
(The 5-6 hour driving tour should wrap up by early- afternoon)
We will follow an approximately 40-mile long driving route through prairie and agricultural landscapes north of Big Timber. Past trips have yielded Long-billed Curlews, Sandhill Cranes, raptors, and prairie songbirds from Bobolinks to longspurs. Stops at wetlands will yield water birds. (Big Timber is 63 miles east of Bozeman on Interstate 90). Meet in Big Timber at the Town Pump located at I-90 Exit 367 at 8:00 AM for car- pooling

➢ ➢May 30: Mount Ellis
Leader: Audrey Evers 218-742-7885 or
218-742-4335 alynnbirds@yahoo.com
(4 -5-hour trip; moderately strenuous walking 3 miles)
This slow-paced hike will explore a number of habitats on State and Forest Service lands, including grassland, aspen meadow, and conifer forest edge. At this time of year all of the nesting birds, such as Calliope Hummingbirds, Red-naped Sapsuckers, Dusky Flycatchers, Orange-crowned Warblers, and a wide variety of sparrows will have arrived on their territories. Along with terrific views of the Gallatin Valley, the wildflowers on this walk will likely distract you from the diversity of birds. 12 person limit.

➢May 30: Paradise Valley Driving Tour
Leader: Mitch Hurt 406-223-4919 wildbirdhunting@gmail.com
(Options for half- to almost full day)
Visit Paradise Valley birding hotspots with local guides – spring creeks, Yellowstone River, prairies/hillsides, and Dailey Lake. The diversity of habitat covered on the trip, along with it being the peak of songbird migration should yield a huge variety of birds. Meet at Livingston Albertson’s parking lot, northeast corner at 7:30 AM for car- pooling.

➢June 5-7: Please join us at the 2015 Montana Audubon Bird Festival in Helena, MT.
Contact Montana Audubon at (406) 443-3949 or go to www.mtaudubon.org. Come join the fun.

➢ June 13: Kelly Canyon and Battle Ridge
Leaders: Ron and Cheryl Farmer 586-3987 songbird@wispwest.net
(1/2 day trip; driving and walking along gravel roads)
This trip passes through open fields, then climbs past dry juniper- covered hillsides, mature wetlands, mixed woodlands, and eventually reaches into the conifer forest. Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees, Calliope Hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Western Tanagers are just a few of the species that we should see along this route. After Kelly Canyon, this trip will continue up Bridger Canyon to Battle Ridge. At this higher elevation a new suite of breeding birds makes this area home. Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Brown Creepers, Swainson’s Thrushes are a few of the nesting species in this area. Four car limit

➢June 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & Clark Caverns
Leader: Tom Forwood at 406-570-6432 fwptforwood@gmail.com
Check out Montana's two species of Nightjar, the Common Nighthawk and the more elusive Common Poorwill. The park is known for some of its interesting breeding bird species and the Poorwill is one of the more unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so at dusk to check out some of the arid country daytime species such as Mountain Bluebirds, Spotted Towhees and Rock Wrens. Once it gets dark we will look for high flying Nighthawks and low lying Poorwills with the possibility for some owls and several bat species as well. We will meet at the park's campground parking area at 8:30 PM for a 90 minute to 2 hour walk. Insect repellent, good walking shoes and layering clothing for changing conditions are recommended. 15 person limit

➢June 20: The Kelly Ranch on the Gallatin River
Leader: Andrew Guttenberg 451-5427 afgutte@hotmail.com
(4-5 hour easy walking)
This trip will explore the Kelly Ranch along the Gallatin River which has been fully protected under a conservation easement with The Montana Land Reliance, Montana’s statewide land trust. The ranch includes wet meadow, cottonwood gallery forest, and dry juniper habitats. It will be at the peak of breeding season, so you can expect a wide variety of the local breeding birds to be in full song, and busy tending to their nests and young. Some of the birds that breed on the property are Sandhill Crane, Wilson’s Snipe, Gray Catbird, American Redstart, and Rock Wren. Kathryn Kelly, ranch owner and Greater Yellowstone Manager for the Montana Land Reliance will join the group to discuss a bit of history of the ranch, and the process and benefits of creating conservation easements, one of the most powerful tools to accomplish habitat protection, for birds and other wildlife. 15 person limit

➢June 27: Mission Creek
Leader: Robin Wolcott 581-5418 pajaros@wewolcotts.com
(mostly driving with light walking on roads)
(Until mid-afternoon; bring a lunch)
After leaving Bozeman, we will meet at Albertson’s parking lot in Livingston at 7:30 AM and then leave from there at 7:45 AM Car-pooling is essential.
In the rolling prairie just east of Livingston we will seek McCown’s Longspur and Long-billed Curlew. Along Little Mission Creek we will watch for riparian species, then search for residents of the spruce/fir forest. On our return along Mission Creek we could find a Cordilleran Flycatcher or a Golden Eagle. Over 130 species have been seen along this route including Sprague’s Pipit, Upland Sandpiper, Green-tailed Towhee. Spectacular views, abundant wild flowers, and wildlife make the trip through the northern foothills of the Absaroka Mountains a trip to remember. 18 person limit

➢June 28 and 29: Rocky Mountain Road Bluebird Trail
Leaders: Janne Hayward 587-6124 jannehayward@juno.com , and Lou Ann Harris 600-3585 montlou311@gmail.com
(1/2 day)
Get up close and personal with Mountain Bluebirds. Join bluebirders Janne Hayward and Lou Ann Harris, as they check bluebird nest boxes and band adults and nestlings along Rocky Mountain Road. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at the lives of these amazing birds, including nest building, egg laying and raising young. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, we are limiting these field trips to 8 participants.

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5Jun/15Off

Beginning Birding Classes with Ashley Martens – June 8th, 11th & June 25th, 27th

SUMMER 2015 SACAJAWEA AUDUBON BIRDING CLASSES!!

BEGINNING BIRDING in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

Ever wonder who exactly is that flashy tropical red and yellow bird that flits through the trees in your yard in the summertime? Or what the little brown bird in the woodpile is called? Or why she’s there in the first place? To help you answer all of these questions and more, Sacajawea Audubon Society is offering a BEGINNING BIRDING WORKSHOP on June 10th, 13th, and 14th. Participants will be introduced to the basics of birding through 2 evening classroom sessions and 1 field trip. The 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 figure out what you see, hear, and love about the wild birds around us.!

Mon, June 8th & Thurs, June 11th 6-8pm Bozeman Public Library
 Saturday, June 13th 7-10am Field Trip
Cost: $45 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $55 for non-members.

BEGINNING BIRDING BY EAR in Forest and Field WORKSHOP

A singing bird inspires you. Sometimes it’s enough to simply enjoy the song, and sometimes you’d like to learn more. Who’s singing? Why? It is a “call” instead of a “song?” What’s the difference? In addition to the who and why, birds can tell us if there's a fox hiding in the brush, a person about to run down the trail, a sharp-shinned hawk about to fly through. Come learn to identify some common local birds by song and call, and learn the 5 voices of the birds as well as some alarm patterns. !

Thurs, June 25th 6-8pm Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, June 27th 7-10am Field trip
Cost: $35 for Sacajawea Audubon members; $45 for non-members.

Please make checks payable to “Sacajawea Audubon Society” and mail to Sacajawea Audubon, P.O. Box 1711, Bozeman, MT 59771-1711. Contact Ashley at ashmartens@yahoo.com or 208-883-4998 for more information and to register. Maximum 10 students. Supply lists will be provided upon registration.