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Montana Birding and Nature Trail
Discover the Nature of Montana...


Bitterroot Birding and Nature Festival
June 9 - 11, 2006
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, Montana

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The 2005 Bitterroot Birding and Nature Festival was a hit! We look forward to another great event in 2006. Please continue to check back for updates as the 2006 Schedule develops.

The 2005 Bitterroot Birding and Nature Festival featured 38 field trips and workshops and a keynote speech by John Acorn, a Canadian naturalist known for hosting the award-winning television series, "The Nature Nut."  It also celebrated the debut of the Bitterroot Birding and Nature Trail, which highlights 25 prime viewing sites from Lolo Pass to Lost Trail.

Experienced trip leaders took participants on adventures in search of peregrine falcons, butterflies, wildflowers, otters, bats, Flycatchers and black-backed woodpeckers. Montana River Guides offered special birding floats on the Bitterroot River.  Other tours hiked up hillsides in search of bighorn sheep or to the top of St. Mary's peak to study alpine ecology. Workshops included field sketching, digital photography, Flycatcher identification, bird watching 101, and birding basics for kids.

Also, Pat Tucker and Bruce Weide of Wild Sentry brought Koani the wolf to the Refuge to delve into the science and myth of wolves and Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies was present with live birds.

2005 Festival Supporters were Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Montana Natural History Center, Stevensville Main Street Association, Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce, Stevensville Hotel, Bitterroot National Forest, Lolo National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Rapp Family Foundation, Rocky Mountain Bank, Dollar Rent A Car, Comfort Inn, Stock Farm Club, Teller Wildlife Refuge, Bitterroot Audubon, Five Valleys Audubon, Montana Birding and Nature Trail, and Montana River Guides.

Contact Information

Bob Danley - (406)777-5552 ext. 203
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
4567 Wildfowl Lane - Stevensville, MT 59870
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