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 Public Program Series 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, bird habitat and conservation 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 May 2021 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. 


All in-person YVAS activities, including the Public Program Series are temporarily postponed. Watch for Birding Field Trip updates in the April 2021 Flyer, the YVAS Website and Facebook. These decisions will be amended when prudent and doable.  


Sign Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society/National Audubon Society’s Petition to stop the shooting of native birds at the expense of nonnative fish species at the Miles City Hatchery. More progressive and nonlethal solutions are available. For more information, read the Summary and detailed YVAS Memo including cited statutes to MFWP and USFWS. 


Sign on to this important Petition today!  

YVAS Birding Field Trips 2021

Birding Field Trips will resume in April. In order for YVAS to sponsor birding trips, it is necessary that each participant to follow Covid-19 safety measures. Wear a mask when prudent, distance appropriately between others, and do not share binoculars or scopes. Make transportation arrangements ahead of time if possible. Carpooling cannot be guaranteed.

April 24, Saturday – Exxon Ponds/Emerald Hills. One-mile walk. Bring a sack lunch. Trenay Hart, leader.

May 1, Saturday – Riverfront Park. 8 AM to 12 PM. Meet at parking lot to right. Steve McConnell, leader.

May 9, Sunday – Bear Canyon, Pryor Mts. Meet at Rocky 6:30 AM or Lyons Park Bridger 7:30 AM. Hiking. Sack lunch. Trenay Hart, leader.

May 13, Thursday – Riverfront Park. Meet 5:30 PM at parking lot to right. Trenay Hart, leader.

May 15, Saturday – Lake Basin. Sack lunch. Brian Henderson, leader.

May 18, Tuesday – Pompey’s Pillar/Fishing Access Sites. Meet 7:00 AM. Sack lunch. Carolyn Jones, leader.

May 22, Saturday – Bridger Creek. Meet at Itch-Kep-Pe Park in Columbus 8:00 AM. Sack lunch. Stan Heath, leader.

May 25, Tuesday – Stillwater River/Woodbine Area. Meet 7:00 AM. Sack lunch. Ruth Vanderhorst, leader. 

For the most updated status on trips, be sure to check the YVAS website at yvaudubon.org, YVAS Facebook, and the Flyer. Links can be found above. Contact Donn Bartlett at 406-812-1008 for further information. 

The Twine Collection & Recycling Site is Open and Accepting Clean Twine

Deliveries of clean, dry twine can be made year-round, weather dependent.  Small deliveries can be left in the shed or in the outside bin.  Access is through the red pedestrian gate to the left of the locked vehicle gate.  For large loads requiring vehicle access or for assistance with AG totes/bags, please call in advance.  Leave a message at 406-591-8606 and we will return the call.

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.  For more details, see our location mapTCRS Brochure and “Why Recycle Twine”.

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. For addition information about the Twine Collection Project, follow this link. If you would like to volunteer, contact Deb Regele at debregele@gmail.com or 406-962-3115 and leave a message.

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