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Community Discovery Day: SuperFund Bird Tour and Bird Banding

July 27, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Community Discovery Day at Galen/Warm Springs

The Clark Fork Coalition and the University of Montana are hosting a special SuperFund Bird Tour featuring bird banding, birding Warm Springs Ponds WMA, and information regarding the status of the Super Fund clean-up.

Get up close and personal with song birds as you see them ‘in the hand’ during the banding session. After this informative program you will get a tour of the Warm Springs Ponds from local renowned birder Gary Swant. Find waterfowl, shorebirds, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, and more. This is a great event for beginning to expert birders! We will have binoculars to borrow and scopes for high-definition views.


  • 6:30 a.m: Leave MNHC by carpool.
  • 8:00 a.m: Bird-banding in the Upper Clark Fork floodplain on Hadley Ranch with the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab.
  • 10:30am:  Warm Springs Bird Tour with Gary Swant.
  • 12:30pm (approximate):  Return to Dry Cottonwood Creek ranch house, managed by the Clark Fork Coalition, to eat your lunch.  Will McDowell of the Coalition, will give a short presentation on the status of the Superfund Cleanup on the ranch and the surrounding area, including its effects on wildlife habitat.
  • 1:30pm Optional alternative on your own:  Any one interested can drive 3 miles up the Dry Cottonwood Road to see short-grass prairie, rocky outcrops, beaver ponds/willows, and conifer forest where a variety of birds can be seen from the road.  Rock wren and green-tail towhee are hard to find, but often present.

Please Bring:

  • Lunch, water, snacks
  • Clothes appropriate for changing weather conditions, layers
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray
  • Binoculars, birds guides optional (we have some to borrow)

RSVP is required. Please rsvp to cmorris@montananaturalist.org


July 27, 2018
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Montana Natural History Center
Clark Fork Coalition