Monday, May 28, 2007

Montana Bird Festival Season

Fort Peck, MT - Field season is upon me and so the blog posts are probably going to be farther apart, at least until the beginning of July. It is also bird festival season and two that I am particularly fond of are the Glasgow FeatherFest, our small, local festival with great birds, and the Montana Audubon annual festival, an event that annually moves around Montana, providing local communities across Montana with an economic boost from birds and also provides participants with the opportunity to observe a wide variety of bird species across Montana.

The Glasgow FeatherFest has been going on for 3 years now (last year it was held in conjunction with the Montana Audubon annual bird festival). We have a small group of people working to put this on so we have decided to alternate our efforts each year. This year we are focusing on getting local individuals who may be interested in birds, but may feel overwhelmed to attend a larger function, to attend. We are having an orientation talk and field trips this year, including a Missouri River canoe float, but no lectures or keynote addresses. Next year we will again be looking for lecturers and a keynote speaker that we hope will help draw in more people from around the country. I am hoping that our bird list will help draw in those speakers too! (more on birding in Northeastern Montana later). I would provide a link for more information about the FeatherFest but that is something we currently lack and I am hoping to correct soon.

I will also be attending the Montana Audubon Festival in Ennis, MT next weekend. I am giving a talk on grassland birds and also providing the keynote address where I will talk about Antarctica and Antarctic birds. I am looking forward to seeing a number of friends I haven't visited with in a long time as well as hopefully observing a few species I haven't seen in Montana before. More information on this festival can be found here.

Black-headed Grosbeak


Kitty Lou R. said...

We watched a female black-headed grosbeak in our yard for several days before we ever spotted a male. Is that the way it usually is?

John Carlson said...

Hi Kitty lou,
Usually the males arrive slightly before the females in many species, including the black-headed grosbeak. This is so they can establish territories before the females arrive.