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


Begins June 3 at 5 p.m. and ends June 4 at 5 p.m.

This is YVAS’ largest fundraiser of the year.  The funds this year will be used to design and construct bird identification signs at Yellowstone River Parks Association’s newly dedicated “Dover Park.”  

You can help by forming a team and raising donations, or by joining a team and raising donations, or by making a donation to one of the YVAS teams.  Follow this Birdathon link for details and entry forms.  For more information, see the May Flyer or contact Ruth Vanderhorst at 245-5118.

Birding will be at its peak!

“For Your Spring 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.

FWP takes Public Comment on new Permitting Process for Training Dogs in Open Fields.

A new Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks administrative rule to help clarify an existing statute related to training hunting dogs in the open field around wild game birds is open for public comment.

The new rule is in response to the recent instances of large-scale dog trainers coming to Montana to train bird hunting dogs on wild birds, often on public land. These trainers are often working with dozens of dogs, follow on horses and are in the field at a time that is problematic for game birds – when hen birds are raising their broods.

Comment period ends June 9, 2017.  A copy of the rule and a place to submit comments can be found online at fwp.mt.gov, under news and public notices. Written comments can be submitted attention Mike Lee, PO Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

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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