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Birding Tips and Tricks at Kelly Island

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Date: Tuesday, July 23
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at Kelly Island Spurgin St. fishing access

Experience the excitement, the drama, and the beauty of avian life at Kelly Island! The vibrant cottonwood gallery and river shore are home to diverse array of birds. Beef up your birding skills with tips and tricks from naturalist, birder, and retired National Bison Range ranger Pat Jamieson on this two-hour walk. Whether you are just beginning, or looking for that next step of skill development, this program will provide you with the opportunities to practice field mark identification, use your bird guide, and recognize songs and calls. Find out how to combine your passion with citizen science by using eBird and get listing! A day spent birding is always going to be a good day.

Instructor: Pat Jamieson is a retired National Bison Range ranger. While there she taught people of all ages about the flora and fauna of the Bison Range. Pat continues to work with UM, MNHC, and other groups to lead bird programs and tours.

What to Bring:

  • Clothes appropriate for changing weather conditions – layers, sun or shine, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Bug repellent (optional)
  • Water and snacks
  • Binoculars (optional, we have some to borrow)
  • Bird field guide (optional, we have some to borrow)
  • There are a few free apps from Cornell University that help with birding (Merlin) and with contributing to citizen science (eBird). You can download those on your phone. Pat will demonstrate how to use these if folks want to follow along (optional).


$30/$25 MNHC members. Some scholarships are available. Please call 406.327.0405 to inquire. 

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