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Black-footed ferrets

POLSON — “Prairie Bandits: The Story of Montana’s Black-footed Ferrets” by John Ashley will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library meeting room.

Ashley will begin the program with a historical review of black-footed ferrets in North America including eastern Montana. After providing a summary of ferret biology and ecology, Ashley will describe his experience as a volunteer working with ferret biologists and photographing this endangered and enigmatic species over the past few years on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Ashley will conclude his slide and video presentation with an overview of the conservation struggles and challenges facing the survival of black-footed ferrets across the Great Plains.


Learn bird identification, counting

KALISPELL — December is here and once again it is Christmas bird count time. Join compilers Craig Hohenberger and Pete Fisher on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the United Way conference room of the Gateway Community Center, off Highway 2 W in Kalispell. The two men will provide a presentation that will give valuable tips for bird identification. They will also combine summaries of trends, some “virtual birding” and a wide variety of photos to help tell the story of early winter birds in the Flathead Valley. You will come away from the meeting inspired to participate in either (or both) the Bigfork Christmas bird count on Dec. 16 or the Kalispell CBC on Dec. 31. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to:

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