Sunday, February 19, 2017. Join Flathead Audubon in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Treat yours, young and adult, to a morning field trip in the Bigfork and Swan River area. Birders will experience our local avian residents in their winter world. Birders will learn about our winter songbirds, count winter birds at feeders, and also explore other local areas for wintering residents, such as, Trumpeter Swans and Pygmy Owls.
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create real-time snapshots of where birds are. It is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Meet at 10 a.m. at the east end of the Swan River School main parking area, off MT Highway 83, near Bigfork. Birders will return about 1:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes. To sign up, email trip leader Kathy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 837-3837. Birders of all ages, especially families with children, are welcome, free of charge.