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 April 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. 

Tree, Shrubs and Birds

Speaker: Tom Yelvington, Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons

Monday, April 15, 2019, at 7 PM at the Mayflower Church

Tom Yelvington, owner and operator of Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons for the past 35 years, will be presenting valuable information about tree and shrub conservation and their interactions with birds.  Good habitat stewardship is a benefit to birds and other wildlife, as well as to people.  

Tom has been a member of the International Society of Arboriculture since 1981, an ISA Certified Arborist since 1999, is past President of the Association of Montana Turf and Ornamental Professionals, and is a Certified Tree Worker/Climber Evaluator.  He also participates in charitable arboricultural projects in the community. For more details, see the April Flyer – link above.

 Join us for cookies and coffee (decaf) 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. Meet at the Exxon gate at the end of Johnson Lane at 8 a.m., not RMC. 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.

CD Owl to Protect Birds from Window Collisions

As referenced in the April 2019 Flyer, here is the LINK for the instructions to make a unique bird deterrent for your windows.

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!