Bird Trunks offer classrooms and others educational opportunities

Megan O’Reilly and Bob Gibson will be presenting “Educational Bird Trunks” at the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society meeting on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Mayflower Congregational Church on the corner of Rehberg and Poly in Billings. O’Reilly is a Billings area wildlife biologist as well as the nongame specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 5. Gibson is the Information and Education Manager for MFWP Region 5.
O’Reilly and Gibson were recipients of the 2016 YVAS Conservation Grant for the development of three educational bird trunks to be used as tools for youth and adult programs. Bird trunks contain specimens and samples of bird features that may be used in presentations to classrooms and other groups. MFWP also offers associate curriculums that can accompany these presentations.
To schedule a bird trunk presentation by this team beginning in March contact Megan O’Reilly at 247-2966 or moreilly@mt.gov or Bob Gibson at 247-2950 or bgibson@mt.gov .
With the birding season rapidly approaching, O’Reilly and Gibson will also talk about the MFWP bird monitoring programs and needs, and their aspirations for the new year. It is their hope Chimney Swifts are added to their survey efforts. Design of this survey protocol is in the very early stages. They are also planning an emphasis on additional Black Rosy-Finch surveys.
There will be a YVAS fundraiser and potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., before the Chapter meeting and program presentation. The suggested dinner donation is $6. Ccontact Sue Weinreis at 855-4181 to make reservations for the dinner. For more information about YVAS and the Feb. 20 event, visit the website at yvaudubon.org or contact Steve Regele at 962-3115 or sregele@juno.com

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