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 February 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. 

February Chapter Program – “Trails, Parks and People Connectivity”

Speaker:  Darryl Wilson, President of Yellowstone River Parks Association

7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020, at the Mayflower Church 

Darryl Wilson will talk about YRPA accomplishments and why he and their Board of Directors, volunteers and partners have been and remain so committed to and excited about the Association, its work and products.  YRPA continually provides exceptional recreational opportunities for the Billings community and visitors, and for wildlife and their habitats. Some of the best birding in the Billings area is associated with YRPA efforts. Learn about those existing special areas and plans for future outdoor recreation access and treasures.  

Cookies and coffee served at 6:30 p.m.   

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. 

Saturday, February 29 – Winter birding around Billings from 9 a.m. to noon. NEW TRIP. Note: change in time. Meet at Rocky Mt. College at 9 a.m. Carolyn Jones, leader. 

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. 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.

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!