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 combined October, November and December 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. 

 Bird Migrations and the Yellowstone River Basin

7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Mayflower Church

Join in on a presentation about birds (and other fliers) that migrate to and through our region and what that means to them, their world and ours. The presentation will include portraits and insights from a variety of sources. Fall migration in Montana will be well underway and the program will enlighten and heighten your anticipation for what is coming our way in the spring!

Steve Regele (Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society) will present some overviews of bird migration from various sources.

Megan O’Reilly (Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Wildlife Biologist) will discuss another group of migrants that use the Yellowstone River and south central Montana – bats!

Mike Weber (Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society) will update on his local work recording and monitoring nocturnal bird flyovers and on MPG Ranch efforts in recording and monitoring nocturnal bird flyovers in various Montana locations.

Jim, Hansen (Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Central Flyway Coordinator) will talk about observations and understanding the Central Flyway, Yellowstone River corridor, waterfowl and other wildlife.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the program.   

National Audubon Society – New Report Released October 15, 2019

Survival by Degrees

Study: Climate Change Threatens Two-Thirds of North American Birds

Read Audubon’s new climate report “Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink” to see how a warming planet imperils birds across the country and in your own state.


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. 

Nov. 9 (Sat) – Yellowtail Dam Afterbay.  Brian Henderson, leader.  Bring a sack lunch. 

Dec. 14 (Sat) – Christmas Bird Count.  Contact Jim Court or Jerry Dalton for further information. 

Jan. 1 (Wed) – Yellowtail Dam Afterbay.  Brian Henderson, leader.  Bring a sack lunch.

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

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 406-812-1008.

The Twine Collection & Recycling Site is 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 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the deliveries. The days and hours for the TCRS are:

SUMMER:  May through October, the 2nd and the 4th Friday/Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Dates for October 2019 are 11-12 and 25-26.

WINTER:  November through March, we will gladly take appointments weather permitting!  Please call 406-591-8606 (leave message) or email yvas.twine.recycle@gmail.com to schedule a time and we will meet you at the TCRS. 

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. Please read our TCRS Brochure for additional details. A location 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 most mesh is not recyclable and it is one of the most difficult plastics to clean. See the “Why Recycle Twine” poster for more information.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Deb Regele at debregele@gmail.com or 406-962-3115 and leave a message.

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!