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 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 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. 

2020 Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 19, 2020

YVAS will be hosting the 2020 Christmas Bird Count with the following Covid-19 guidelines and requirements from National Audubon Society in place: 

All in-person compilation gatherings are cancelled; Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field; Carpooling may only occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups; and activities must comply with the current State of Montana and Billings Municipal Covid-19 guidelines.

See the November/December Flyer (link above) for details.  Contact Jerry Dalton, daltonlj@centurylink.net or 406-656-3656 to sign up or for more information. 

Checkout Dave Pauli’s Ted-X Talk –Seeking a Humane Economy

Dave Pauli has been a wildlife rehabber, animal control, wildlife damage control and wildlife educator for over 42 years. The last 30 years have been in Billings with The Humane Society of the United States. He is a field responder, disaster responder and travels the globe assisting on wildlife immunocontraceptive or volume capture projects. See the November/December Flyer (link above) for more details.


All YVAS activities, including the Public Program Series and Birding Field Trips are CANCELLED due to Covid-19.  This decision will be amended when prudent and doable.  Watch The Flyer, Website and Facebook for updates on this decision.

For suggested places to bird on your own during this time, check out the 2020 Bird Field Trip Schedule (link above).

If you would like to receive email notifications of additions or changes to the birding trip schedule as well as 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

Social distancing is very doable!

The TCRS is accepting clean, dry baling twine.  Deliveries can be made year-round, weather dependent.  Small deliveries of twine 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 and we will meet you.  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. A location map can be found herePlease read our TCRS Brochure and “Why Recycle Twine” for more details. 

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.

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!