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 March 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. 

YVAS Osprey Orientation Programs

Dr. Marco Restani will be discussing Osprey history, biology and ecology and reviewing recording procedures for the data.  It is recommended that all nest monitors attend especially if you are new to the project.  These programs are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about Ospreys, however, an RSVP is requested. 

Billings Public Library (510 N. Broadway), Community Room, Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 

Miles Community College (2715 Dickinson), Rm 106, Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Livingston Public Library (228 W Callendar), Basement, Saturday, March 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

If you would like more information or would like to attend the Osprey Orientation, please RSVP at debregele@gmail.com or phone 406-962-3115.  Leave a message if there is no answer.

Wildflowers, Birds, and Nature Kids

Speaker: Carolyn Sevier, Director of the Montana Audubon Center

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

There is growing recognition among bird enthusiasts of the importance of native plants to bird habitat, but how many of us are able to identify the native plants that share our spaces?

Carolyn will outline the basics of field identification of native plants as well as provide examples of common native plants and the variety of habitat types in Yellowstone County. She will also discuss how the education programs at the Montana Audubon Center use
connection to these plants and habitats in their efforts to connect more than 8,000 kids each year with nature.

 Please join us for cookies and coffee at 6:30!

Are you a gardener in addition to being a bird lover?

Please consider certifying your garden as a wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.  Go to nwf.org/Get-Involved and scroll down to “certify a wildlife habitat”.  Follow the instructions to learn what you may need to do in your garden this year to get a certificate.

If Billings gets a certain number of wildlife certified gardens, we can become the second city in Montana to be certified wildlife friendly!

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. 

April 27, 2019 (Sat) – Exxon Ponds & Emerald Hill, Brian Henderson leader.  Bring a sack lunch.

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!