Welcome to Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society

“Building on the tradition of special interest in birds, Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society is organized to promote enjoyment and protection of natural environment through education, activism, and conservation of bird habitat.”

Yellowstone Valley Audubon  Society hosts a monthly program with a featured speaker September through May the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Mayflower Congregational Church. A social hour with cookies and coffee precedes the program at 6:30. 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. YVAS sponsors birding field trips, ornithology classes, the Christmas Bird Count, and various conservation and educational projects.  Feel free to contact any Board or Committee member.

For the latest news from YVAS, see our September 2019 newsletter, The Flyer.

Visit us on Facebook – the link is in the upper right-hand corner.

Join us on a birding trip – Bird Field Trip Schedule.

To  learn more, see the “About Us” tab above.

The YVAS mailing address is:  YVAS, PO Box 1075, Billings MT 59103. 

 John Carlson, Featured Speaker at September’s Monthly Program

7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019, at the Mayflower Church

John is a wildlife biologist in Billings with a large federal land management agency.  He will be sharing photographs and stories centered on his lifetime observing the natural world around him.  He grew up in Fort Peck, Montana, where he was immersed in the natural world around him at an early age through a number of adventures with his dad, Chuck Carlson. He has traveled to both ends of the earth (Arctic and Antarctic Circles) always with a camera in hand.

The presentation is free and open to the public. There will also be a no-host potluck dinner at 5:45 p.m.  Please bring a main dish, salad, side, bread, or dessert enough to serve 8-12 people.  There will not be a coffee and cookie social hour this month.  

Upcoming YVAS Birding Field Trips

All trips leave from Rocky Mt. College parking lot off Rimrock Rd. by the Billings Studio Theater at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted. 

Sep. 7 (Sat) – Bridger Creek. Meet at 8 a.m. at Itch-Kep-Pe Park in Columbus. Sack lunch. Stan Heath, leader.

Sep. 11 (Wed) – Riverfront Park. Meet at Riverfront Park, 1st parking lot on the right at 5 p.m. Mike Weber, leader.

Sep. 14 (Sat) – Red Lodge Area Hawk Watch. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Town Pump in Red Lodge. Sack lunch. Marco Restani, leader. 

Watch The Flyer, Website and Facebook for additional trips and updates to the Bird Field Trip Schedule. Also see the Bird Field Trip Schedule link above.

If you would like to receive email notifications of changes in birding trips and sightings of rare and migrating birds within our surrounding counties, contact Donn Bartlett at donnbartlett@msn.com or 406-628-5058.

The Twine Collection & Recycling Site is Now Open and Accepting Clean Twine

Beginning Friday/Saturday, June 14 and 15, the TCRS will be open to the public for twine drop-offs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the deliveries. The current days and hours for the TCRS are:

   The 2nd and the 4th Friday/Saturday of the month, May through October, (August 9-10; August 23-24; September 13-14; September 27-28; October 11-12; October 25-26) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The TCRS is located 2½ miles north of Laurel on the west side of Buffalo Trail Rd. Or, 3/4 of a mile north of the intersection of Laurel Airport Rd with Buffalo Trail Rd. Please read our TCRS Brochure for additional details. A location map can be found here.

Like all recycled plastics, the twine will need to be 90% to 100% clean. Net wrap (mesh) is not being accepted since most mesh is not recyclable and it is one of the most difficult plastics to clean. See the “Why Recycle Twine” poster for more information.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Deb Regele at debregele@gmail.com or 406-962-3115 and leave a message.

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!