Sacajawea Audubon

GIVE BIG – May 4-5th

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of Gallatin Valley's day of giving - an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community. We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach of our goal of $1,000 and 100 donors! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important bird conservation work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! On May 4-5, starting at 12:00AM midnight, visit audubon-society and make a donation to us, and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on May 4-5.
Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lou Ann Harris at or call (406) 600-3585. Thank you in advance for your generosity to Sacajawea Audubon Society!

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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



NAME _____________________________________________________________

ADDRESS __________________________________________________________

EMAIL _____________________________________________________________

# OF BOXES SPONSORED _______________


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


March 13th Program – An Evening With Wildlife Filmmaker Bob Landis


In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sacajawea Audubon presents a special evening with wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis.

Bob Landis will present his lectured video, Y to A: 2016 High Lights, on Monday, March 13th at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman.  The program is a summary of the best sequences filmed in Yellowstone and Denali this past year by Landis.  It includes the usual cast of characters; wolves, coyotes, foxes, bears and a variety of birds, with emphasis on interesting behavior.  A few sequences have already been incorporated into current projects; most are waiting in line for future programs.  Outstanding sequence goes to the golden eagle attacking a coyote in an attempt to steal its food.  The program is suitable for all audiences with kill sequences left on the cutting room floor.  A review of a just-completed program about the Hayden and Canyon wolf packs is included as a trailer.
Bob starting filming wildlife with his father in 1960 as a rank amateur.  His father took extensive big hunting trips in northern British Columbia.  These were documented in 16mm film.  On these hunts, Bob was told to go "shoot".  It was left to him to decide to shoot with camera or gun.  Landis has long put the gun aside, but continues to "shoot" with a camera, full-time professionally since 1993.  He was lucky to be on the scene and fully equipped when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone.  In the succeeding 21 years, Bob co-produced eight one hour programs for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and NATURE.  His favorites are IN THE VALLEY OF THE WOLVES for NATURE on PBS, and THE RISE OF BLACK WOLF for the National Geographic Channel.  Bob considers himself semi-retired, mostly tired, and has gone back to his roots of producing, with a partner, his own programs.  The most recent being:  WHITE WOLF OF THE HAYDEN PACK, and WHITE WOLF OF THE CANYON PACK.
The program begins at 7 p.m. with a social starting at 6:30.  Beer, wine & coffee will be available for purchase. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 to help support Sacajawea Audubon conservation programs.


Support SAS this Holiday Season through Amazon Smile

If you do your holiday shopping online and use Amazon, you can support our chapter by using the Amazon Smile website.  Your purchases will generate donations for Sacajawea Audubon.

Holiday shopping is easy with Amazon's Holiday Gift Guides. #StartWithaSmile at for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Sacajawea Audubon Society.

Gift Guide Link:

Give it a try and support bird conservation in Southwest Montana!


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2016 Skiing For The Raptors Raffle

Bridger Hawk Watch - 2016

Bridger Hawk Watch - 2016

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Golden Eagle (photo L. Harris)

Bridger Hawk Watch

Bridger Hawk Watch


Support the Bridger Mountains Raptor Count (now in it's 25th year), which records one of the largest concentrations of autumnal migrant Golden Eagles known in the Lower 48.  Help Sacajawea Audubon and Montana Audubon continue this important research project in our very own Bridger Mountains by purchasing a raffle ticket, and be one of two winners of a Bridger Bowl Season Ski Pass (2016-2017). Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.

To purchase a ticket, call Mike Vivion at (406) 210-8071 or Loreene Reid at (406) 600-6666.  Tickets will also be available at our November 14th meeting.

Drawing Date: November 14, 2016 at the SAS November meeting, Hope Lutheran Church.




Birdathon Awards Party – Time & Location Change

Birdathon Party

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

Time and Location Change

We have changed the time and location of the Sacajawea Audubon Birdathon Awards Party!  We will meet at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, June 30th at MAP Brewing, located at the south shore of the East Gallatin Recreation Area on Manley Road.  We may be upstairs in the mezzanine, or if it's too hot, we will be on the patio.

Please come and help us celebrate a successful fundraising effort and find out which teams won Most Species, Most Magpies, Most Raptors, Most Money Raised and more.  Sacajawea Audubon will buy your 1st beverage!


It’s Time To Do Your Birdathon!

It's not too late to form a team and complete a Birdathon!  birdathon

Birdathon is the chapter's biggest fundraiser and over the past two years has raised over $7,000.  That's a lot of moolah to be used for our conservation and education projects!  It's easy to do.  Call up your favorite birding friends and form a team.  Each team should have at least 2 members.  Fill out a team registration form (Team Reg Form 2016 ) and send it in with a $50 donation fee to Sacajawea Audubon.  Then call up all your family, friends, hair stylists, insurance agents, yoga instructors, etc. and collect pledges.  They can pledge per species or a set amount.  Schedule a day to do your Birdathon between now and June 26th.  You can do a full day or half day.  You can bird in your backyard, or cover a 3-county area.  You can even do a Birdathon in another state!

There are all sorts of awards to compete for:  Most Bird Species, Most $$ Raised, Most Pledges, Most Magpies, Most Raptors, Carbon Footprint Award, Most Species in an Important Bird Area, Most Bird Species in a Half-Day, etc.  There will be a Awards Party at E. Gallatin Recreation Area on June 30th.  How can you pass up this much fun?

For more information, click on the "Birdathon 2016" tab on this website, or call/email Lou Ann Harris at 600-3585 or


Red-tailed Hawk (Lou Ann Harris)

Red-tailed Hawk (Lou Ann Harris)

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Skiing for the Raptors Raffle


Golden Eagle (photo by Lou Ann Harris)


Support the Bridger Mountains Raptor Count (now in it's 25th year), which records the largest concentration of autumnal migrant Golden Eagles known in the lower 48.  Help Sacajawea Audubon and Montana Audubon continue this important research project in our very own Bridger Mountains by purchasing a raffle ticket, and be one of two winners of a Bridger Bowl Season Ski Pass (2015-2016). Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Drawing Date: November 9, 2015 at the SAS November meeting, Hope Lutheran Church. To purchase a ticket, email or call Leo Freeman at (414)403-7943. Tickets will also be available at our October 12th and November 9th meetings.


And The Winners Are . . . . .

2015 SAS Birdathon Awards 

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Most $$ Raised by an Individual - Evelyn Acton, $1,517.00

Most Pledges - Evelyn Acton, 30

Most Species Seen - Wingnuts, 141 species (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)

Most Species Seen, Half-Day - Wild Bird Women, 35 species (Debi Naccarto, Angela Van Slyke, Deb Lewis, Mary Lou Wild)

Most Species Seen in an IBA - Oblivious Sage Hens & Strutters, 110 species at Red Rock Lakes (Loreene Reid, Sharon Hanton, Karin Jennings, Carol Anderson, Bob Swien)

Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen) - The Executives, 138 magpies (Lou Ann Harris, Loreene Reid, Paulette Epple, Evelyn Acton)

Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) - Wingnuts, 85 raptors (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)

Mentor Award - Paulette Epple

Best Bird - Wingnuts, Black Tern (Paulette Epple, Martha Collins, Adele Pittendrigh, Steve Hoffman)




Raptor Raffle Winners – John Ashley and Roxanne McLaughlin

Congratulations to our two winners, John Ashley and Roxanne McLaughlin, whose names were drawn by Doug Wales at our Monday meeting!  They both receive a 2014/2015 Bridger Bowl Ski Pass.  Almost 500 tickets were sold and ALL the money raised goes to the annual Bridger Raptor Count, administered by Montana Audubon.  Thanks to all who supported this great cause!


Bret Staying Warm  (Photo by Mikaela Howie)

Bret Staying Warm (Photo by Mikaela Howie)