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. 

Bob Landis Presents:  BEARS, BEARS and MORE

7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Mayflower Church 

A Christmas season gift from famed photographer, videographer and story teller Bob Landis!  Bob will be showing incomparable scenes and sharing stories of wildlife, their surroundings and habits.  A veteran wildlife filmmaker, he captures outstanding scenes and wild images from Yellowstone National Park, Alaska and elsewhere.  His extraordinary work and films are highly valued by such eminent institutions as PBS and National Geographic.  The public is invited to attend this free program.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.   

Exciting news !

Patagonia will be matching ALL donations, up to $10,000.00, made to our YVAS’ Twine Collection & Recycling Project, if the donations are made through the Patagonia Action Works Homepage between November 29 and December 31. If you are interested in taking advantage of this matching donation offer by Patagoni, here is the link.  

For more information on YVAS’ Twine Collection & Recycling Project, see the Twine Collection & Recycling Project page under Projects. 

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT – Saturday, December 14, 2019

If you would like like to be a part of National Audubon Society’s 2019 Christmas Bird Count, contact Jerry Dalton at daltonlj@centurylink.net or 406-656-3656.  Jim Court, the usual organizer of the event, is out of town this month.  YVAS has participated in, and sponsored, this event since 1953.  The results will be tabulated at the Montana Audubon Center at sunset.  Pizza will be provided.  Bring your own beverage.

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 Jerry Dalton at daltonlj@centurylink.net or 656-3656 for further information and to register. 

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

Jan. 11 (Sat) – 2020 Annual Eagle Midwinter Survey.  Watch for details in the January Flyer. 

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

The TCRS is accepting clean, dry baling twine. For assistance with large loads, such as the AG totes/bags containing several hundred pounds, please call in advance and equipment arrangements will be made. 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. Volunteers will be on hand to assist as needed.

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 gladly 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.

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.


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!