Note: the color of each event’s title and date denote the event’s category – green for field trips, purple for member meetings, brown for classes, and black for others.

November 2014 – March 2015

Maclay Flat field trip @ Maclay Flat parking lot
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Terry Toppins will lead a bird walk on Sunday November 23rd at Maclay Flat on Blue Mountain Road west of Missoula looking for new winter arrivals.  Meet in the parking lot at Maclay Flats at 9:00 AM for a 3 hour walk.

Program Meeting – Raptors of the Rockies @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Kate Davis, Executive Director of Raptors of the Rockies, will bring some of her birds and tell us about them.

Check out her facebook page to see what she’s been up to.

Program Meeting – Pesticides and plants and birds @ UM Gallagher Building, room 123
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Yvette Ortega will talk about the Chipping Sparrow:Pesticide degredation of plant communities affecting bird-food chain

This is the annual joint meeting of the Five Valleys Audubon Society and the Clark Fork chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. To accommodate the larger audience this meeting will be in Room 123 of the Gallagher Building.

Program Meeting – Long-Eared Owls @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Denver Holt will talk about Long-Eared Owls and their status in Western MT

Program Meeting – Funding for Wildlife Conservation @ UM Gallagher Building, room L14
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dan Pletscher will present Funding for Wildlife Conservation

Here is some background on Dan, who is recently retired from the College of Forestry and Conservation:

The work I do that could fall into the category of ecological restoration deals with endangered species and occurs through the Wildlife Biology Program. Our work in the 1980s and 1990s on wolves and their prey (primarily deer, elk, and moose) was used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their Environmental Impact Statement dealing with the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho. My graduate students and I have also worked or are working on characteristics of sites where wolves have killed livestock (with an eye toward reducing conflicts), the recolonization of wolves in the Alps of Italy, impacts of wolves on other predators, and impacts of wolves on their prey in Alberta.

My students and I have worked on other endangered, threatened, or rare species, including argali in Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China, wild yak in China, markhor in Pakistan, wolverine in Montana, coyotes/lynx in Montana, and desert bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Some of these projects revolve around basic biology, but most address pressing conservation issues where humans are a part of the problem (and hence also must be a part of the solution). Successful ecological restoration will require sound ecological knowledge as well as an ability to understand and work with people. I cannot imagine a better laboratory to study ecological restoration than The University of Montana.