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
Birding Trip to the Southeast Area of the Bull Mountains
June 7, 2016, Tuesday
The group will leave Rocky Mountain College at 7:30 am. Bring a sack lunch and water. Car-pooling will be available. This is a new birding route for YVAS. We will travel along CA Road north of Shepherd MT and stop at the Ah Nei Recreation area to walk and bird. An outhouse is available there. Heading north, we will spend some time at the Pfister Ranch at the southeast Bull Mountains. A Red-headed Woodpecker was recently observed in this area. We will bird sagebrush grasslands, pine and grassland savannahs, sandstone edged valleys, some wetlands, and some prairie dog colonies.
We will return to Billings mid- to late- afternoon. Steve and Deb Regele are trip leaders.
Begins Saturday, May 28 at 5:00 pm and ends Sunday, May 29 at 5:00 pm
This year’s Birdathon is raising funds to buy and install bird identification signs in one of Yellowstone River Parks Association’s (YRPA) newest parks, Dover Park. For more information on YVAS’ Birdathon, for Team Entry Forms and for Sponsor’s forms, hover over Birding and click Birdathon.
Are You Concerned About Baling Twine and the Danger it Poses to Wildlife?
This past year, the YVAS Baling Twine Committee has been increasing public awareness to the dangers of loose twine in the environment, not only for wildlife but for domestic animals and the costly maintenance equipment, too.
The need to recycle baling twine is clear. Recycling is possible only if there is enough twine collected to fill a semi. A location to store this large amount of twine is needed before the BTC, or any organization, can proceed. Follow this link for more information.
Also see Osprey Monitor Project under Projects above for additional information.
An Ovenbird Gathering Nesting Material – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
“Ovenbirds have the general coloration of a thrush, but they are a species of warbler. They breed in rich woodlands, where they spend much of their time walking on the forest floor.”