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

For the latest news from YVAS, see our October 2018 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. 

“Natural Areas” in Billings City Park

Steven McConnell, Speaker

Monday, October 15 at 7 PM at the Mayflower Church

Steven McConnell is the City Forester and Natural Resources Supervisor with Billings Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Department. He will be talking about a new effort to incorporate planned Natural Areas into the City Park system and ideas to advance that effort on behalf of people and wildlife. This is the first roll out of the new Natural Area plan. Natural Areas include “pocket” forests with an abundance of trees, dense shrubs, grasslands, high plains sage and wildflower areas and riparian areas. See the October Flyer for more information – link is above.

Come for coffee and cookies at 6:30 p.m. There will not be a potluck dinner prior to the program. 

YVAS Receives Grants for the Baling Twine Recycling Project!

YVAS’ Twine Recycling Project has received a $25,000 grant from the Harry L. Willett Foundation AND was awarded an $8,000 Environmental Grant from Patagonia’s Outlet Store in Dillon, Montana.  In addition, the GoFundMe account that was set up by the Twine Recycling Committee has raised $2,300.  The Walmart Foundation (Sam’s Club) has also provided a $250 Community Grant for the Twine Recycling Project. 

More information can be found in the upcoming November Flyer, under Projects/Osprey Nest Monitoring & Twine Recycling on this website and at the GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/ospreys-need-your-help .

Upcoming YVAS Birding Field Trips 

Watch The Flyer, Website and Facebook for additional trips and updates to the Bird Field Trip Schedule. If you would like to receive email notifications of changes in birding trips, contact Donn Bartlett at donnbartlett@msn.com or 406-628-5058.

11/10/18 (Sat) – Yellowtail Dam Afterbay. Leave Rocky Mountain College at 8 AM. Brian Henderson, leader. Sack Lunch.

12/15/18 (Sat) – Christmas Bird Count. Contact Jim Court.

01/01/19 (Tue) – New Year’s Day Annual Trip to Yellowtail Dam Afterbay. Leave Rocky Mountain College at 8 AM. Brian Henderson, leader. Sack lunch.

Rare/Migrating Bird Alert Notifications and Birding Trip Update Notifications

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!