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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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12Nov/16Off

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.
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November 14th Program – Nonnative Species: Changing the rules for native animals

Artwork courtesy Nancy Seiler

Artwork courtesy Nancy Seiler

Join Sacajawea Audubon on November 14th for a talk by Andrea Litt on the effect nonnative plants has on animals.  Nonnative plants have established in nearly all ecosystems. Although many studies have documented major changes in the plant community when a nonnative plant invades, we know less about the effects on animals. Further, sometimes these changes are not predictable, as nonnative plants change the rules we have come to understand. Andrea will share some of the research that she and her students have pursued in Arizona, Texas, and Montana to better understand these complex responses.

Andrea is originally from southeastern Wisconsin and received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She completed a Master's degree at the University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She worked for The Nature Conservancy in northwest Florida for two years before beginning a Ph.D. program in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Andrea also earned a minor in Statistics. She was a faculty member with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University - Kingsville before joining the Ecology department at MSU in January 2011.

Andrea and her students examine changes to wildlife resulting from various human activities including invasive plants, altered disturbance regimes, and changes in land use. They work on a diversity of taxa, based on the ecological question of interest.

When not working, Andrea enjoys road biking, hiking, and otherwise enjoying the natural beauty of Montana and beyond.

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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October 10th Program – Natural History of the Yellowstone Grizzly

Photo by Jim Stewart

Photo by Jim Stewart

Join Sacajawea Audubon on October 10th for a a talk on the natural history of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears with Dr. David Mattson. Dr. Mattson will tell us what makes grizzly bears unique; how and when they got to North America and the Yellowstone region, and the following process of extirpation during 1800-1950; what makes Yellowstone's grizzlies unique, especially when it comes to diet and foods; and, in light of that, why Yellowstone's grizzly bears are severely threatened by on- going losses of food and other environmental deterioration.

Dr. Mattson has more than 35 years of professional training and experience focusing on the ecology and management of grizzly bears and mountain lions as well as the role of science in natural resources policy. He holds degrees in Forest Resource Management and Forest Ecology, and a doctorate in Wildlife Resource Management.

Prior to his retirement in 2013, Dr. Mattson was Research Wildlife Biologist, Leader of the Colorado Plateau Research Station, and Western Field Director of the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, all with US Geological Survey. He is currently Lecturer and Senior Visiting Scientist at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, and Adjunct Faculty with Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Mattson’s research on the habitat and behavior of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears dates back to 1979. From 1984-1993, he held primary responsibility for investigating grizzly bear diet, habitat use, and relationships with humans as a member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. He has authored numerous publications on the ecology and demography of Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population.

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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Sept. 12th Program – Raptors of South America: A Field Guide

Join Sacajawea Audubon for a special presentation on the raptors of South America.

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Raptors of South America: A Field Guide

Presented by Sergio Seipke

When: Monday, September 12th at 7 pm

Where: Hope Luthern Church, 2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

Join worldclass raptor specialist, Sergio Seipke, for his presentation Raptors of South America: A Field Guide.  Sergio will be showcasing the large and diverse assemblage of raptor species that inhabit the South American continent. Sergio has studied this fascinating group of birds for much of his life; he will describe the natural history and conservation of these birds, with notes about the plumage variation of this peculiar raptor fauna.

Sergio started watching and learning about raptors in 1993. He was a Hawk Mountain trainee twice: first in 2005 and again in 2006. In February 2013, he formed Raptours, L.L.C. and has since designed, organized, and led or co-led raptor tours in eight countries in four continents. He is currently writing Raptors of South America, the first field guide for the subcontinent. He has authored and co-authored 16 articles dealing with raptor biology, migration, taxonomy, and field identification of Neotropical raptors.

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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25Jul/16Off

Missouri Headwaters State Park’s program

July 30th Saturday, 7:00pm

Summer Speaker Series - Free

Amy Seaman: Bird Conservation Associate with Montana Audubon Society“Why Missouri Headwaters State Park is classified as an Important Birding Area

Missouri Headwaters State Park, behind park office.

Bring a chair! Marshmallow roast to follow.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

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10May/16Off

May 24th – Whooping Cranes: America’s Symbol of Survival and Hope

Join Sacajawea Audubon for a special presentation on the Whooping Crane.

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Whooping Cranes: America's Symbol of Survival and Hope

 Presented by Elizabeth H. Smith, Ph.D.

Director, Texas Whooping Crane Program

International Crane Foundation

 

When:  Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm

Where: Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street in Bozeman

 

How does a species, reduced to a mere 21 birds in 1941, recover to over 600 today? Learn how this endangered species has faced unnatural hazards with natural instincts to survive. Become part of the world that we and cranes hope to coexist and thrive in.

 

Liz Smith is the Director of the International Crane Foundation’s Texas Whooping Crane Program, and has been conducting important research on cranes and their habitat in coastal Texas for over 20 years. Liz continues to expand her research on sea-level rise and storm surge effects on coastal habitat change, and promoting community advocacy for conservation planning and coastal protection.  These efforts are being undertaken with the specific goal of ensuring quality wintering habitat for the Whooping Crane as its’ populations continue to increase.

 

Most of Liz’s career has been focused on coastal Texas, and she has been nationally recognized in receiving the Coastal America Partnership Award for Restoration at Bahia Grande and Protection at Shamrock Island, EPA Award for Environmental Excellence in Wetlands, as well as regionally recognized in receiving the Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award for Higher Education and Pathways to Success in Science Programs.

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1May/16Off

Annual Sweet & Savory Social – May 9th

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Come join the annual Sacajawea Audubon Society Sweet & Savory social and Annual Meeting on Monday, May 9th.  The meeting will include the Sweet and Savory social and potluck, and features 4 short presentations by SAS members on some of our conservation programs, followed by board elections. Please bring a sweet or savory dish to share. For more info, contact Lou Ann Harris at 600-3585 or email montlou311@gmail.com

The social and potluck will start at 6 p.m. with a short meeting followed by the program at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join SAS and share their interest in birding and conservation. The Sacajawea Audubon Society meets the second Monday of the month (September through May) at 7:00 p.m., at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street (off of South 19th) in Bozeman. We invite the public to attend our meetings and participate in our field trips.

Kestrel Nestbox Project

Kestrel Nestbox Project

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Burdock Removal Project

Immature Golden Eagle (K. Baughan photo)

Bridger Raptor Count (K. Baughan photo)

Mountain Bluebird (Lou Ann Harris)

Mountain Bluebird Trail Project

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2Mar/16Off

April 11th Program – “Osprey: Ecology, Behavior & Conservation”

Marco Restani

Marco Restani, Montana Audubon

John James Audubon wrote of Ospreys: “The habits of this famed bird differ so materially from those of almost all others of its genus, that an accurate description of them cannot fail to be highly interesting to the student of nature.”  His words still apply today.  Watching an Osprey dive feet first into the water, sometimes submerging completely, before rising from the surface with a struggling fish leaves a lasting impression for birder and non-birder alike.  Ospreys are one of Montana’s most recognizable and charismatic raptors, nesting throughout the western third of the state and along large rivers in the prairies.

The Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society in Billings has monitored Osprey nests along the Yellowstone River since 2009.  YVAS focuses conservation efforts on Ospreys because the population is increasing, most pairs are building nests on power poles and thereby coming into conflict with utility companies, and nestling mortality from entanglement in baling twine is evident.  In 2009 three volunteers located 22 nests while today 30 volunteers hustle along 300 miles of river during summer to monitor over 85 nests.  Marco Restani, Director of Conservation for Montana Audubon, directs the research components of the YVAS Osprey project.  His presentation will review population ecology, behavior, and conservation of this widespread, unique raptor.

Dr. Marco Restani joined Montana Audubon in December 2015 to serve as Director of Conservation. Originally an ‘Army Brat’, Marco has lived and worked throughout Montana since 1983. He received a BS from the University of Montana, MS from Montana State, and PhD from Utah State studying Bald Eagles along the Missouri River near Helena. Following post-doctoral research at the University of Washington, Marco was a Professor for 15 years at Rocky Mountain College in Billings and at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He spent seven summers in Greenland studying Peregrine Falcons and Common Ravens, two summers in Australia studying Tasmanian Devils, and four winters guiding ecotourists to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Since 2012 Marco has been collaborating with Yellowstone Valley Audubon to monitor nesting Ospreys along the Yellowstone River. He is an ‘Elective Member’ of the American Ornithologists’ Union and a ‘Certified Wildlife Biologist’ with The Wildlife Society.

 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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29Feb/16Off

March 14th Program – African Adventure Travel with Wes Krause

Sacajawea Audubon takes you on an African Adventure at their March 14th program with Wes Krause, founder of African Environments and Mountain Madness adventure travel.  Wes will share with us some of the highlights of walking in Arusha National Park, elephant watching in Tarangire, soda lake ecosystems of the Great Rift Valley, walking in the vast wilderness zones of Serengeti National Park and game viewing in the famous caldera of Ngorongoro Crater.

He will share insights into the Maasai pastoralist and Hadza Bushman way of life.  Wes has been an avifauna enthusiast for decades and will stir your curiosity for some of the  “must see” birds of Tanzania such as: Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Jacana and Lilac Breasted Roller, Little Bee Eater & Crowned Crane.

Crowned Cranes (photo courtesy Wes Krause)

Wes Krause has been living in Tanzania and organizing adventures for over 30 years.
As a youngster growing up in Colorado, Wes constantly dreamed of being in the wilderness. In his 20’s Wes climbed and adventured in Alaska, New Zealand, Kenya, Uganda, Russia, Tajikistan and Nepal. Wes later directed branch schools for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Washington State, Alaska and Kenya. In 1983 Wes and his climbing partner Scott Fischer started Mountain Madness, operating trips all over the world. By 1991 adventures to Tanzania had become so popular Wes started African Environments with two Tanzanian partners.

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.

Photo courtesy Wes Krause

Photo courtesy Wes Krause

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