Sacajawea Audubon
31Jul/17Off

Ecology of Autumn Raptor Migration in the Rocky Mountain West – Sept. 11th Program

Ferruginous Hawk (photo by Ed Harper)

 

Steve Hoffman began investigating raptor migration in the late 1970s in northern Utah. In subsequent years Steve’s exploratory studies expanded to encompass much of the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond (including Montana’s Big Belt and Bridger Mountains). This work eventually led him to launch HawkWatch International (HWI), a nonprofit raptor research and conservation group. From HWI’s modest beginnings to more recent research efforts, much has been learned about raptor migration ecology and conservation in western North America over the past 40 years. Steve’s presentation will summarize key findings, including migratory routes (including exciting new information from satellite tracking efforts), current health and trends of Golden Eagles and other western migratory raptors, how raptors’ migration activity is influenced by regional weather patterns as well as climate change, and much more. Join Steve to learn about the fascinating migration ecology of these majestic aerial predators!

 

Recently retired as Executive Director of Montana Audubon, Steve served in this capacity for more than decade. He has devoted his entire 38-year career to wildlife conservation. After 10 years of government service (primarily as Endangered Species Biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the American Southwest), Steve founded HawkWatch International in 1986. He has authored more than 35 scientific papers on raptor migration, ecology, and conservation, as well as endangered species management and recovery. Steve has given hundreds of presentations throughout the US and abroad on identification, migration and conservation of raptors. He received his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University in 1979, and resides in Bozeman with his wife Lisa and their 23-year old son Merlin.

 

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31Jul/17Off

October 14th- Madison Valley IBA Survey

Ennis Lake (Photo by Beth Johns)

The birds are on the move again with Ennis Lake serving as an important stopover for large numbers of migrating waterfowl, loons, grebes, and, of course, thousands of coots. Last year's fall survey found 96 Common Loons on the lake, almost 300 Western Grebes, hundreds of Ruddy Ducks, and a variety of raptors and passerines in the valley. On October 14th (Saturday) we will conduct one last survey of the Madison Valley IBA and its always a fun day out birding as we add to our data base for this Important Bird Area.

If you can help, email Paulette 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.

 

31Jul/17Off

SAVE OUR GALLATIN FRONT MEETING: August 30th

Our Last Best Wildlife Corridor in Bozeman Threatened

We urge you to attend a public meeting to discuss a new wildlife study that focuses on the pristine and undisturbed Limestone Creek area. Save Our Gallatin Front, a coalition of Bozeman and Gallatin County citizens, commissioned biologist Steve Gehman of Wild Things Unlimited to do the study, because of the coalition’s concern that the Montana DNRC’s planned logging and road building in this area will destroy our last best wildlife corridor in Bozeman.

The public discussion will take place in the Bozeman Public Library Community Room on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM

31Jul/17Off

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

31Jul/17Off

Volunteers needed to “Knock out Burdock”

It’s Time to "Knock out Burdock!"

Every summer Sacajawea Audubon volunteers rally to attack burdock and eradicate it from some of our favorite trails. IT’S WORKING! Our efforts are paying off! So few plants remain in the East Gallatin Recreation Area and the Story Mill Community Park that work crews won’t be needed in those areas this year.

Burdock is a nasty introduced plant with Velcro-like seed heads that entrap songbirds, slowly causing their deaths.  You may know burdock from brushing against it and getting the burs caught in your hair, your clothes, or your dog's fur. If we don’t let the plant go to seed, it will die out.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN!

Join our Audubon led work groups to clip seed heads and cut down plants on any of these dates and locations:

  • July 27        Drinking Horse Mountain Trailhead
  • August 2     The ‘M’ Trailhead
  • August 9     Gallagator Trail (Lower) (meet on the south end of the library parking lot)
  • August 12   Gallagator Trail (Upper) (meet on Garfield Street where it intersects Gallagator Trail)
  • August 16   Sourdough Trail in Bozeman **Evening Meeting time: 6 pm **(meet at Gardner Park trailhead on Gardner Park Drive)
  • August 23   Sypes Canyon Trailhead (CANCELLED)
  • August 26   Langhor Park (meet on S. Tracy north of Kagy Corner Store)

We will meet each morning at 7:30 am. (EXCEPT Sourdough Trail which is a 6 pm evening event!) Bring pruning clippers if you have them and wear gloves, long sleeves and long pants of fabrics that burs won’t adhere to.  Plan to work for an hour or two, but whatever time you can afford will make a difference.  With your help, we will "Knock out Burdock"!

Contact Paulette Epple at  bigskyepples@msn.com  or   580-6186  for more information.

 

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11Jul/17Off

2017 SAS Birdathon Award Winners Announced

Rockin' Red Rocks Team

The winners of our 2017 Birdathon Awards were recently given out at our awards party on June 29th.  This was one of our most successful birdathons over the past 5 years, raising close to $9,000!  6 different teams participated, including:

The Wingnuts on the Fly: Paulette Epple (leader), Steve Hoffman, Martha Collins, Hobart Collins

The Wrenegades: Lou Ann Harris (leader), Stephanie Nelson, Adele Pittendrigh, Judy Tolliver

The Executives:  Paulette Epple, Lou Ann Harris, Loreene Reid, Evelyn Acton, Janne Hayward

The Oblivious Sage Hens: Sharon Hanton (leader), Loreene Reid, Sharon Tholt, Emily Sieger

Rockin' Red Rocks: Loreene Reid (leader), Steve Hoffman, Leo Freeman, John Edwards, The Sauerwein Family, Steph Nelson, Martha & Hobart Collins, Emily Sieger, Adele & Sandy Pittendrigh, Lou Ann Harris

The Brewer's Sparrows: Chris Nixon (leader), Dillon Potter, Carol Anderson, Bob Swinth, Loreene Reid, Julie Thill, Travis Kidd & Hailey, Sharon Hanton, Angie K., Lou Ann Harris.  This team used only pedal power on a Pub Bike!

 

The Birdathon Awards are as follows:

Most Species Seen:  Wingnuts on the Fly - 138

Most Species in an IBA:  Rockin Red Rocks - 105

Most Raptors Seen:  Wingnuts on the Fly - 121

Most Magpies Seen:  Oblivious Sage Hens - 257

Most Pledges:  Evelyn Acton - 28

Most Money Raised, Individual:  Lou Ann Harris - $1,827     Team: Wrenegades $4,872

Carbon Neutral Award:  Brewer's Sparrows - 10 miles pedaled, 30 bird species seen

Rookie Award:  Judy Tolliver

Mentor Award:  Lou Ann Harris

Best Bird Award:  The Wrenegades - Bobolink

 

We'd like to thank all of the people who donated to this fundraising effort, and also a big thank you to our special guest Jeff Marks for being our impartial judge!

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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

13Jun/17Off

Birdathon Awards Party – June 29th, 7 p.m., East Gallatin Rec. Area

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

Calliope Hummingbird nestlings (L. Harris)

The annual Birdathon Awards Party will be held Thursday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the East Gallatin Recreation Area picnic shelter.  Drinks, snacks and desserts will be served.  Awards to be handed out include:  Most Species Identified (Full Day & Half Day), Most $$ Raised, Rookie Award, Carbon Neutral Award, Mentor Award, Best Bird Award, Most Pledges Collected, Sacajawea Audubon Award (most raptors seen) and Montana Audubon Award (most magpies seen).

All Birdathon team members and their families are invited, as well as chapter members.

Please come and help us celebrate a successful fundraising effort!

12Jun/17Off

Madison Valley IBA Bird Count – June 28th

Madison Valley IBA Bird Survey – June 28th (Wednesday)
Its time for a thorough survey of the breeding birds using our IBA.  The great numbers of waterfowl will be gone and instead we will be challenged to count up all the warblers, flycatchers, swallows, orioles, grosbeaks, raptors, and Sandhill Cranes (101 seen on one year's June count).  This count will take place on Wednesday, June 28th, to avoid the weekend recreationists on Ennis Lake.  Since daylight comes early now, we will be meeting earlier too.  We will meet at the Ennis Pharmacy Café and be ready to head out for the survey at 7 am   I believe the Café opens at 6:30 if you want a quick breakfast there.
If you can help, please email Paulette at bigskyepples@msn.com or call 580-6186.
Also, keep in mind that there will be a survey of the Headwaters IBA on Sunday, June 18th.  Contact Martha Collins atmarthacoll@msn.com to get involved in that count.
18May/17Off

FWP to Host Duck ID Class Oct. 4th

Mallard duck         (Lou Ann Harris)

(BOZEMAN, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will present a duck identification workshop, tailored to both waterfowl hunters and bird watchers on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Bozeman. The free class will begin at 6:30 p.m. at FWP’s Region 3 headquarters at 1400 S. 19th A ve.

Retired FWP Wildlife Division Assistant Administrator, Jeff Herbert, will present hands-on identification tips and a video. Jim Hansen and Claire Gower representing both Central and Pacific Flyways, and Matt Wemple, Warden Sergeant from R3 enforcement will also be available to explain and answer questions about Montana’s waterfowl species and Montana’s hunting regulations and seasons.

Montana’s duck and goose hunting season opens Sept. 30 following a special two-day youth waterfowl season for hunters ages 10 to 15 on Sept. 23 and 24.

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to introduce anyone young or old to ducks or duck hunting. It’s also great for those who enjoy bird watching and would like to be better at identifying duck species on the water or in flight, or for those who ventured out on opening weekend who might want to brush up on correctly identifying.

Everyone will get a free duck identification booklet. If duck hunters have harvested ducks the prior weekend, they should feel free to bring in wing specimens that they would like to have identified.

Wood Ducks (Lou Ann Harris)

 

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