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. Jackie Canterbury, Author and President of Bighorn Audubon Society, will be March’s Speaker on the 19th

Dr. Jackie Canterbury, President of the Bighorn Audubon Society in Sheridan, Wyoming, will be the featured speaker at the March Chapter Meeting.  She will give a multimedia presentation about her new book – Common Birds of The Brinton Museum and Bighorn Mountains Foothills that she co-authored with Dr. Paul A. Johnsgard, noted ornithologist and author of 85 scholarly books.  The Brinton’s Quarter-Circle Ranch is a recently recognized 600-acre Important Bird Area (IBA) near Sheridan, Wyoming. 

See the March Flyer above for more details.


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

Osprey Orientation Program 2018

The annual Osprey Orientation Programs for Osprey Nest Monitors will again be offered in Billings, Livingston and Miles City.  Dr. Marco Restani will be discussing Osprey behavior, their natural history and biology.  This program is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested.  RSVP to Deb Regele at debregele@gmail.com or 406-962-3115 to reserve your seat.  For more details, see the March Flyer at the top of the page.  You may also visit our website’s Osprey Page listed under Projects or our photos under Photos, also found above.    

Billings Public Library (Community Room on the first floor), Monday April 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Livingston Public Library, Saturday April 7 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Miles Community College (Room 106), Friday March 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

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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