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 February 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. 

Hummingbirds: Against all odds, a miracle of nature!

Program by Kathy Haigh

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7 PM at the Mayflower Church

Hummingbirds are truly one of nature’s most fascinating bird species to observe and have visit our backyards. They are the favorite of many people. Kathy’s presentation will provide fascinating information about hummingbirds and hobby knowledge including ways to attract hummingbirds to your own yard. Kathy and her husband, John, have owned and operated the Wild Birds Unlimited store located in Billings for 17 years. Kathy is also past president of YVAS. Please join us for cookies and coffee at 6:30!

John Carlson’s presentation has been rescheduled for Monday, September 18, 2019.  Due to heavy snow and freezing conditions, the January 21st program was postponed. 

Observing the Natural World

Presented by John Carlson

Monday, January 21st at 7 PM at the Mayflower Church 

John Carlson will share photographs and stories centered on his lifetime observing the natural world around him. John hopes to convey his passion for capturing images of nature along with the stories behind his photos taken from explorations close to home (his backyard in Billings) and the prairies in northeastern Montana to forays into Africa and Antarctica. John is a wildlife biologist in Billings with a large federal land management agency.

Upcoming YVAS Birding Field Trips 

Currently there are no Birding Field Trips planned in February or March.

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.

YVAS Receives Grants for the Baling Twine Recycling and the Osprey Nest Monitoring & Banding Projects!

In January, Wolf Creek Charitable Foundation awarded YVAS a $10,000 grant. The funds will be used to purchase USGS approved bands for banding Ospreys, to lease bucket trucks for banding and rescuing twine entangled Ospreys, to establish safe nesting pole/platform units independent of utility poles, and to help cover gas expense. Remaining funds will be used for the Twine Recycling Project as needed.  

YVAS’ Twine Recycling Project has $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 November/December 2018 Flyer,  on the website under Projects/Osprey Nest Monitoring & Twine Recycling, and at the GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/ospreys-need-your-help .

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!