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 the general public and visitors 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 birding 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

“Raptors of Montana: Ecology and Identification”

by Marco Restani, PhD

Marco Restani, featured speaker at the April 16th Chapter Program, will talk on the general ecology of Montana raptors.  He will  be giving helpful tips in the identification of this impressive yet vexing group of birds. See the Flyer above for more information. 

YVAS is also celebrating its 65th Anniversary in April and will be serving Anniversary Cake.

April Birding Trips

**RESCHEDULED for April 21 (Saturday) due to weather April 7, Saturday – Exxon Ponds and Emerald Hills.  Brian Henderson, leader.  Leave Rocky at 8 a.m.  Bring a lunch.

April 14, Saturday – Pryors for LEK viewing.  Stan Heath, leader.  Leave Rocky at 4:45 a.m. or meet at Lion’s Park in Bridger by 5:30 am.  Bring food, water and coffee!

Winter Weather Taking Toll on Waterfowl

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks – March 8, 2018

BILLINGS — This winter’s near-record cold and snow apparently is starting to take its toll on waterfowl in south central Montana.

Jim Hansen of Billings, central flyway biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said dead geese and ducks that he has picked up in the region are emaciated. Those that still are alive are unable to fly from lack of food. Geese which he normally would expect to weight 10 pounds at this time of year weighed less than 4.5 pounds. To read the entire news release, go here.

Anyone who sees multiple dead waterfowl may leave a message for Hansen at 406-247-2957 and report the place and number of birds. –FWP

 Rare and Migrating Bird Alert Notification

If you would like to receive an email alerting you to sightings of rare and migrating birds within our surrounding counties, contact Donn Bartlett at donnbartlett@msn.com or 406-628-5058.  This email group also receives email notices for cancellations of scheduled bird trips and newly added bird trips by YVAS.

Binocular Straps With the YVAS Logo 

$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.

 We want your photos! 

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