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Second meeting for outdoors group March 16 in Miles City

Fish & Wildlife - Region 7

Tue Mar 14 15:05:00 MDT 2017

                                                   Photo courtesy of Dan Killoy of Miles City
Ferruginous Hawk capturing a prairie dog near Miles City.

Ferruginous Hawk


The second meeting for people interested in an outdoors/birding group will be held in Miles City on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Miles Community College, Room 106.

People of all skill levels and ages are welcome to attend. Folks who are interested in doing some basic birding prior to the meeting can come to Wibaux Park (1 block from Miles Community College) at 5:30 p.m. Binoculars and birding books will be available for use. 

A few members of the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society of Billings plan to attend the meeting and also do some birding before and afterward.  They will visit Pirogue Island State Park about an hour before the Wibaux Park visit on Thursday. They also plan to visit  Isaac Homestead Wildlife Management Area near Hysham on their way back Friday morning. If you have an interest in joining them on their outings, contact Steve Regele (smregele@gmail.com) so they can keep you updated on any changes. 

“This is a great opportunity to spend some time with folks who are really knowledgeable and passionate about birds,” said Brandi Skone, Miles City meeting coordinator and non-game biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7.

Depending on their interests, members of this new outdoors group would participate in activities such as outings to view birds or other wildlife, educational nature talks and possibly service activities.

During Thursday’s meeting, Skone will provide a summary of the group’s first meeting and a questionnaire that asked about group interests and activities. Skone also will ask for volunteers to join committees to start organizing dates and group outings for this spring/summer.

Jesse Kolar, Region 7 wildlife biologist based in Jordan, will talk to the group about eBird, a tool that can be used on a cellphone, tablet or computer to keep track of local birds and find local hot spots. Interested people may review it at http://ebird.org

Anyone who has questions or would like more information may contact Skone at FWP at 234-0900 or email bskone@mt.gov.