Birds of Winter with Brian Baxter

When: Saturday Mar 24, 2018
Where: Heron Community Center
Address:6 Upper River Road, Heron, MT 59844

Contact: Brian Baxter, Annie Gassmann
Event Description:
SpottingBirdsWinter Birding takes on a special flavor as we examine riverside, wetland, and timbered edge habitats in pursuit of spotting birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and songbirds. In addition to scoping for birds on the wing, we’ll also hunt for roosting birds, owl pellets, scat, tracks, sign, and listen for their vocalizations! Please come prepared with proper layers, binoculars, spotting scopes, good winter boots, snowshoes if you have them, hot beverages, lunch, and water. Full gas tanks and car pooling appreciated!
At 9 am ,(MTN); 10 am (PAC) – We’ll meet at the Heron School & Community Center. We will briefly share some printed handouts, go over the day’s plan, and head right to the field! The groups usually wrap up around 3 pm.(MTN)
Our Instructor for the day is Brian Baxter. Mr. Baxter is a forester and wildlife researcher, who has worked on avian projects such as Goshawk studies; Bald Eagle projects; Boreal owl surveys; Flammulated owl calling; and is an avid birder. Brian and Don Jones, teamed up for an article in the 2017 winter issue of Sandpoint Magazine entitled, “Wings of Winter,” on winter birding. Baxter has been teaching outdoor education programs for over 16 years.

For more info on actual class content, Email: OR Call Brian at: 406-291-2154.

Recommended Reading and Field Guides: Sandpoint Magazine, Winter 2017 – “Wings of Winter.”
“Sibley Birds West: Field Guide to Birds of Western North America.”  “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds,” Western Region, revised.

How to get there:

Eastbound on MT Highway 200, take the first major right turn after Milepost 3, westbound on MT Highway 200, take the first major left turn after Milepost 4. This is Heron Road. Follow the road south across the Clark Fork River to the rail crossing. Turn left after crossing the tracks and proceed east 1.75 miles ± to Heron, proper. Continue through the village, which is all on the right side of the road. Follow the main road past several building, including the Methodist Church to a hard right onto Upper River Road, and then turn right into the parking lot in front of Heron Community Center Building 2, a 50s vintage elementary school building.