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Audubon field trip offered

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MISSION VALLEY — Flathead Audubon is offering a field trip with Janene Lichtenerg on May 6, from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Of particular interest is the long-billed Curlew, North America’s largest shorebird and one of the earliest migratory species to return to northwest Montana for breeding in the spring. The group will meet north of Polson to explore some of the grassland habitats where we are likely to hear and see curlews. Janene will review methods used to survey for this species and provide information on how you can further help with a statewide monitoring effort. A wide variety of raptors, water birds, and songbirds may be seen at roadside stops and short walks along the way. The trip will finish with a short walk at The Nature Conservancy’s Safe Harbor Marsh and Important Bird Area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks. The group will carpool from the meeting site at 7:30 a.m. and return at noon. To sign up and get more information, contact Kathy Ross at 406-837-3837, or email: mtkat67@gmail.com. The trip is free and open to the public but is limited to 10 participants. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website: www.flatheadaudubon.org.

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