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. 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, read our on-line May 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, visit the below link which can also be found under About Us.

2016 Activity Summary


North American Breeding Bird Survey

Speaker Beth Madden, Montana BBS Coordinator

Join us at the Mayflower Church on Monday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about the Breeding Bird Survey.  The featured speaker at the May Chapter Meeting is Beth Madden.  She has worked throughout Montana as a wildlife biologist for thirty years and is the MT Coordinator for the BBS. For more information, see the May Flyer (See The Flyer link above.) 


Birding Field Trips in May 2018. 

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

5/5/18   (Sat) – Riverfront Park on S. Billings Blvd. Meet at 1st parking area on the right at Riverfront.  8:00 a.m. to noon.

5/10/18 (Thurs) – Riverfront Park on S. Billings Blvd. Mike Weber, leader. Meet at 1st parking area on the right at Riverfront. 5:30 p.m.

5/12/18 (Sat) – Lake Basin. Mike Weber, leader. Meet at Rocky at 8:00 a.m. Sack Lunch.

5/13/18 (Sun) – Pryor Mountains, Bear Canyon for Birding/Hiking. Trenay Hart, leader. Meet at the Bridger Rest Area at 7:30 a.m. WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT ROCKY AS ORIGINALLY STATED. If you need to carpool and are unable to make your own arrangements, contact Donn.  Sack Lunch.

5/15/18 (Tues) – Stillwater River and Woodbine Area. Ruth Vanderhorst, leader. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sack Lunch.

5/19/18 (Sat) – This is a NEW TRIPBrinton Museum grounds, Big Horn WY. Jackie Canterbury, President of the Big Horn Audubon, leader. Reservations are required. RSVP to Donn at 406-628-5058 or donnbartlett@msn.com by Thursday, May 17. The birding and walking begin at 9 a.m. at the Binton Museum and ends around noon. The Museum has a Bistro for those that would like to buy lunch.  For those that want to caravan, the group leaves at 6 a.m. from the Conoco Gas Station at the Lockwood exit. For additional information or directions, contact Donn. 

5/20/18 (Sun) – Bear Gulch near Grass Range. Carolyn Jones, leader. Group will leave Rocky Mountain College at 5:30 a.m. sharp. There is a $20.00 admission fee per person at Bear Gulch. Bring a lunch for this all day outing. Call either me at 406-628-5058 or Carolyn Jones at 406-670-4449 if you have any questions. There is some hiking involved to view some wonderful pictographs as well as to see some beautiful birds. 

5/22/18 (Tues) – Pompey’s Pillar and Captain Clark’s FAS. Robert Hill, leader. 7:00 a.m. Sack Lunch.

5/26/18 (Sat) – Bridger Creek. UPDATED INFO. Stan Heath, leader. Meet at Rocky to leave by 8:00 a.m. or meet at the baseball fields on the west side of the I90 interchange across from McDonalds and Town Pump. Due to high water, Itch-Kipee Park in Columbus is closed. Sack lunch.

6/2/18 to 6/3/18 (Sat & Sun) – Birdathon.  See information below and on the Birdathon website page under Birding. 


Birdathon to Raise Fun

Begins June 2 at 5 PM and Ends June 3 at 5 PM

See the May Flyer (link above) and the Birdathon Page under the Birding menu for more information including the Birdathon Rules.  Download a copy of the Team Registration Form and mail them in early. Barbecue and potluck to follow at 5:15 PM on June 3.  Get your 2018 Team Registration Form here!


Rare and Migrating Bird Alert Notification

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!