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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 June/July 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. 

Birdathon Fun Raiser 2019 

The 2019 results are in – a new record number of 165 species! For more information, visit the Birdathon page under the Birding tab above or contact Ruth Vanderhorst at erv132@charter.net or 245-5118 . 

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 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the deliveries. The current days and hours for the TCRS are:

   2nd and 4th Friday/Saturday of the month, May through October 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. A 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 not all mesh is recyclable and it is one of the most difficult plastics to clean. For more information or if you would like to volunteer, contact Deb Regele at debregele@gmail.com or 406-962-3115 and leave a message.

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. 

June 15, 2019 (Sat) – Red Lodge Area. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Rocky or at 8:15 a.m. at Town Pump Conoco-C Store in Red Lodge. Bring a sack lunch. Jerry Dalton and Stan Heath, leaders.

June 16, 2019 (Sun) –  Yellowstone River WMA State Park. Bring a sack lunch. Megan O’Reilly, leader.

Aug. 3 (Sat) – Shorebirds, Hawks, Prairie Birds. Bring a sack lunch. Mike Weber, leader.

Aug. 17-19 ( Sat-Mon) – Bowdoin NWR. Call Ruth at 406-245-5118 for more information. Reservations for two nights at the Maltana Motel can be made at 406-654-2610

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 and sightings of rare and migrating birds within our surrounding counties, contact Donn Bartlett at donnbartlett@msn.com or 406-628-5058.

 The Miles City Eagle Nest Cam is Back 

You can once again watch the Bald Eagles in Miles City on their nest. After the first nest partially gave way a couple of years ago, the eagles have rebuilt their nest to raise young this year. 

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!