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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

June & laquo; 2015 & laquo; Sacajawea Audubon

June & laquo; 2015 & laquo; Sacajawea Audubon

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; To be satisfied with, 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.

➢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 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 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

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➢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 the 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 in 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 carpooling.

➢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 19: Montana's Nightjars at Lewis & amp; 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 most unusual. We will walk up the park road for a mile or so 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 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 local breeding birds to be 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 the 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 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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