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

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Mt. Ellis Field Trip – May 27th

Vesper Sparrow (L. Harris)

 May 27 Saturday: Mount Ellis

Leader: Audrey Evers 218-742-7885 alynnebirds@yahoo.com

(4 -5-hour trip; moderately strenuous walking 3 miles) This slow-paced hike of approximately 3 miles, 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 many 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.

 

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. Bring any food or beverages that you will need during the course of the trips, and some of the longer trips might require that you pack a lunch. 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 all skill levels of birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.

1Apr/17Off

Sweet & Savory Potluck & Program – May 8th

"The Pantanal of Brazil" with Forrest Rowland​

May 8th, 2017

6 p.m. Potluck, 7 p.m. Meeting/Program

Hope Lutheran Church

The Pantanal of Brazil, for those who have heard of it, conjures images of vast swamplands, impenetrable forests, and pristine waterways spanning beyond the horizon. To those who have been there, the reality is even more impressive than the fantasy! Spanning the borders of three countries, the mixed riparian forests, grassy plains, and rich waters of the Pantanal encompass an area of nearly 80,000 square miles. It covers roughly the land area of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey combined, and then some. Within this mosaic of mixed habitats more than 450 species of birds reside and flourish, alongside the most impressive array of megafauna (large mammals) in the Western Hemisphere. This program is a photo essay of some of the most charismatic creatures that inhabit this vast wildnerness, with a sampling of nearby areas often visited in conjunction with a trip down the famed Transpantaneira Road.

Forrest Rowland’s first birding trip, at the tender age of 9-years-old, was to the beautiful island nation of Trinidad, and the world-renowned Asa Wright Nature Center. Among the riot of Toucans, Trogons, Hummingbirds, and tropical foliage, he found his calling. 28 years later, Forrest still spends much of the year guiding tours, conducting research, and traveling the World for the sake of birds and birding.

Not restricted to the Western Hemisphere, Forrest has lived and worked in the Sultanate of Oman, and birded in some 34 countries. While Rowland’s birding expertise is centered in the North Andean countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, he has published articles on various aspects of birds and birding in the United States. Rowland has participated in research projects and led trips from the hottest deserts of Arizona, to the wet Northwest forests of Oregon, across the nation to Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains. Currently, Rowland works full-time as New World Product Director for Rockjumper Birding Adventures, leading a variety of tours across the globe, and organizing new itineraries from his home office in Livingston, Montana.

This is the final program of the season, and will be proceeded by a Sweet & Savory potluck and a short business meeting, beginning at 6 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.  Please bring a dish to share.

 

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1Apr/17Off

Headwaters IBA Bird Survey – June 18th

Our next Headwater IBA survey is Sunday June 18th at 7:30 am. We will meet at Headwaters State Park at the Entrance Kiosk. The survey takes approximately 4 hours. We are usually done around noon. This is the second and last survey of the year and we will be counting mostly the nesting and summer visiting species. Hopefully we will see or hear our elusive Yellow-breasted Chat.

Would any of you be available to help?

Write or call me at 406 579 0506

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Headwaters IBA Survey – May 4th

Western Meadowlark (Photo by Lou Ann Harris)

Headwaters IBA (Important Bird Area) Survey Carpool at Albertsons Grocery in Belgrade at 7:10 am

Please join us for a walking Spring IBA Survey at Headwaters State Park, Three Forks, MT, on Thursday, May 4th. We will meet at 7:30 am at the State Park kiosk at the entrance across from the Camp Ground. With 3 survey groups we hope to catch early nesting species as well as a few migrants. There is usually lots of activity on the cliffs when we all meet at 11 to survey the Boat Launch site.

Bring your eyes, ears and good ID skills on May 4th.

Contact: Martha Collins at 579-0506

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Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – April 30th

Photo by Lou Ann Harris

Spring migration is on and the next Madison Valley IBA survey is scheduled for Sunday, April 30th. This count usually yields a good diversity of 75 to 80 species and is a fun opportunity to get out and see some of our favorite birds back in the valley. We should be seeing curlews, avocets, loons, grebes, pelicans, swallows, sapsuckers, wrens, sandhill cranes, and ospreys by that time.

Let me know if you would like to help. Email me 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 early afternoon.

 

31Mar/17Off

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 4th, starting at 6:00 p.m., visit Give Big Gallatin Valley 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, ending at 6:00 p.m. on May 5th.
Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lou Ann Harris at montlou311@gmail.com or call (406) 600-3585. Thank you in advance for your generosity to Sacajawea Audubon Society!

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28Feb/17Off

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

27Feb/17Off

April 20th – Beyond Words: Last Book of the Season


The final reading for the Sacajawea Audubon Book Group this year is Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina. Safina has won numerous awards and much recognition for his writing. Beyond Words is his seventh book. It's described as beautiful, compassionate, surprising, delightful, and enlightening. The discussion of Beyond Words will be on April 20, 5:30-6:45PM, in the Hope Lutheran Church.

 

Please send email to Adele Pittendrigh if you are participating for the first time.adele.pittendrigh@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

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29Jan/17Off

2016 Christmas Bird Counts – Summaries

 

2016 Christmas Bird Counts

 

On Saturday 17 December, Bozeman conducted its Christmas Bird Count. It was cold, with a temperature range of -27 to -5; the good news was that it was a sunny and calm day. 32 people took part in the count, with another 8 feeder watchers.

 

Amazingly after 78 CBC’s in Bozeman, three new species were added to the cumulative species total. New to the count this year were Northern Shoveler, Eared Grebe, and Long-eared Owl. Other notable birds were Lesser Scaup seen for only the fifth time and American Coot seen for the seventh time. During count week Virginia Rail and Pacific Wren were seen, which have only been seen on count day once and twice, respectively. The big miss of the count was Brown Creeper, which could be chalked-up to everyone keeping their ears warm.

 

New high counts included Ruffed Grouse-10, Red-tailed Hawk-81, Northern Pygmy Owl-2, Black-billed Magpie-1184, Common Raven-194, and Bohemian Waxwing-5578.

 

The Ennis Christmas Bird Count took place on December 14th. The conditions for the Ennis count were considerably milder then the Bozeman count, with temperatures ranging from 6 to 25 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. 21 people participated on the count, plus 3 feeder watchers.

 

The 54 species seen on the count was somewhat lower than has been seen in recent years. We had new high counts for Canada Goose-2050, Great Blue Heron-5, Eurasian Collard-Dove-159 and 2 Mourning Doves which tied a previous record. This was the fifth sighting of Rusty Blackbird and Virginia Rail. Five goldeneyes remained undifferentiated. Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, Black-capped Chickadee and House Sparrow are the only species that have been observed on all 57 counts.

 

20 people spotted 56 species and over 15,000 individual birds on the Three Forks count, during a day with temperatures ranging from -8 to 28 degrees.

 

Two species, Cackling Goose and Hooded Merganser, were seen for the first time on the Ennis count. Remarkably, new high counts were achieved for 15 species of birds on the count. Some of the notable new high counts were Northern Harrier-22, Rough-legged Hawk-86, and Canyon Wren-5. It was only the sixth time Short-eared Owls have been observed on the Three Forks count.