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  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. Feel free to contact any Board or Committee member. The mailing address is YVAS, PO Box 1075, Billings MT 59103.

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


*     *     *     Dr. Jack Horner is the Featured Speaker in September   *     *     *

World renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner will discuss the similarities between birds and dinosaurs at the September 18th YVAS Chapter Meeting. The evidence for birds being dinosaurs is overwhelming and yet, it is difficult for the general public to see the similarities.  Dinosaurs are wrongly depicted as lizard-like creatures when, in fact they were probably much more “bird like.” 

Dr. Horner’s presentation will be free to YVAS members.  Admission for non-members is a one-year Family Membership to YVAS for $20 or for students, a one-year Student Membership at $10.  Membership applications can be found on the back of all YVAS Flyers or on the YVAS website at: http://www.yvaudubon.org/membership/yvas-membership-application/

Membership applications will also be available at the door but do come early.  Doors open at 6 PM.  There will not be a potluck dinner this month.  Details can be found in the upcoming September Flyer.  


Cancellations and Updates to the Birding Trip Schedule

The birding trip scheduled for Saturday, September 16, to the Pryor Mountains has been cancelled.

 If you have questions, contact Donn Bartlett at 628-5058.


YVAS Receives Billings Community Foundation Grant!

The Rose Family Fund ($1,000) and the Matthews-Dousman Memorial Endowment of the Montana Community Foundation ($500) kindly donated generous gifts in partnership with BCF.  We are very grateful for their support.

The grant will be used to help cover gas costs to monitor and band Osprey nestlings along the length of the Yellowstone River, to rescue entangled Ospreys at nesting sites, and to locate nests on power poles that create potentially hazardous conditions.  This includes the Yellowstone River Basin from Gardiner to Miles City.  See the upcoming YVAS Flyer for more details in August.


“For Your Fall and Winter Birding Enjoyment” 

Binocular/Camera Straps are On Sale NOW!

$15 each or Two for $25

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.


Be on the Lookout for Swift Foxes as You Bird in the Billings Area!

The swift fox is an elusive animal and is a species of concern.  There have been a few recent sightings in the Shepherd area.  If any Birders spot a Swift Fox while out in the field, contact Megan O’Reilly at MT FWP at 406-247-2966 or at moreilly@mt.gov.  For more information and to read the News Release from MT FWP go the ‘Newspaper and Media Articles’ under the Publications Tab above.  Or click here.


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