Welcome to Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society

 YVAS hosts a monthly program with a featured speaker September through May the 3rd Monday of each month (usually at 7:00 pm), at the Mayflower Congregational Church. Check the current Flyer for details. We welcome new members as well as business and occasional travelers to the Billings area who are interested in birds and bird habitat to join us.

YVAS sponsors field trips, ornithology classes, a Christmas Bird Count, and various conservation and educational projects.  Visit us on Facebook – the link is in the upper right-hand corner.

For the current Bird Field Trip Schedule, click here

To  learn more, visit the below link which can also be found under About Us.

2016 Activity Summary

March 20th – Chapter Program

BLM’s Katie Benzel to Present Eagle Survey Findings

Katie Benzel will be presenting the findings of the 2017 Midwinter Eagle Survey at the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society (YVAS) meeting which is open to the public Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Mayflower Congregational Church on the Corner of Rehberg and Poly.  Benzel is a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management, Dillion Field Office and the Montana coordinator for the eagle survey that included YVAS participation. 

The Midwinter Eagle survey monitors the status of eagle wintering populations in the contiguous United States by estimating national and regional trends – both overall and by age class.

Each January several hundred individuals count eagles along standard, non-overlapping survey routes.  Initial objectives of the survey were to establish an index of the total wintering Bald Eagle population in the lower 48 states.  It also sought to determine eagle distribution during a standardized survey period and to identify previously unrecognized important winter habitat.  Then beginning in 1984 National Wildlife Federation officials asked participants in each state to count eagles along standard routes to provide data on count trends.

In addition to the 2017 Midwinter Eagle Survey, Benzel will be discussing other important BLM projects and BLM’s interaction with wildlife and wildlife management at the YVAS March 20 meeting.

YVAS Volunteers are Needed!

 WJH Birds is looking for a few volunteers to help with Duck Days on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  If you are interested in helping and learning more about ducks, contact Sheila at WJH at wjhbird@yahoo.com (put Duck Day in the subject line) or call 406-652-7175.  Also see the full-page notice in the March Flyer (link above) for further information on Duck Day.   

Your Comments are Needed!

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is currently developing a comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and environmental assessment (EA) for the CMR Wetland Management District and its four associated national wildlife refuges: Grass Lake, Hailstone, Lake Mason, and War Horse National Wildlife Refuges (NWR).  These refuges include some of YVAS’s most treasured birding locations and habitats.

You are encouraged to write comments and suggestions.  Several YVAS members have already submitted their combined comments.  Public meetings will be held Feb. 28 in Winnett, Mar. 1 in Roundup, and Mar. 2 in Laurel. 

For more information and to read the YVAS comments, use this link.  Also see www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/refuges/cmrwmd.php

Berkeley Pit Superfund Site and the Avian Impacts Updates

Billings Gazette 12-7-16

YVAS Letter to EPA & US FWS in Support of Sacajawea Audubon’s Letter

YVAS Comments and Concerns for the Avian Impacts Working Group Meeting 2-2-17

For more information and a copy of the 2002 Waterfowl Mitigation Plan by Atlantic Richfield Company and Montana Resources, contact Steve Regele at smregele@gmail.com.

Binocular/Camera Straps are Marked Down and On Sale NOW!

$15 each or Two for $25

Not only do they make great gifts, your purchase supports YVAS’ Annual Conservation Grant that is awarded each spring to a school, organization or individual for a project that meets the YVAS Mission.  

They will be available at the Chapter Meetings and most field trips. You can also contact Pam Pipal at ppipal@charter.net or any board member.

****** Updates to the May 21st birding trip to Bear Gulch near Grass Range ******

The cost is $20 per person.  If there are 20 or more people, the price will be reduced to $15.  Please bring cash.

It is an all day trip so do bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water.  

The trip is NOT a rock art trip but you may bird as long as you want.

For those unable to walk (the terrain is sometimes steep and rocky), the property owners will drive you down.

The contact person is Carolyn Jones 406-670-4449.

 We want your photos! 

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