Join us on Saturday, March 22, from 1 – 4 p.m. on a bird watching tour around Smith Lake and West Valley with bird expert Dan Casey. Learn about birds that use some of the beautiful wetlands found in the valley and how landowners’ conservation efforts help maintain these local gems.
The tour starts at 1 p.m. at the Smith Lake Fishing Access Site. Space is limited so please call to confirm. To reserve a space or for more information call Laura Katzman at 752-8293.
Directions to the Smith Lake Fishing Access Site: Go 7 miles west of Kalispell on Highway 2 milepost 221, then 3 miles on County Road. We will carpool from there.
What to bring: Binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen. Dress for the weather.
Some birds we might see (click on blue ones to see a photo and information):
2013 Wetland Birds Tour
The bird tour was led by Dan Casey, with the American Bird Conservancy, around Smith Lake and the West Valley area.
Folks saw a variety of ducks, although landowners around Smith Lake joined the group to tell us about all the great sightings we missed by a week, or two, or three.
The last wetland stop took people’s breath away with the diversity of ducks, plus six Swans, four Sandhill cranes, and numerous other birds, all enjoying the same wetland.
Group organizers discussed the importance of protecting these wetlands so these birds have a place to stop, to feed, and to breed on their migratory routes.
The Flathead Land Trust discussed the land trusts’ role in protecting wetlands and surrounding farm lands and options available to landowners. The Flathead Lakers discussed the role of wetlands in protecting clean water, both surface and groundwater.
Check the following local guides for birding in the Flathead:
- Birding Guide to Flathead Valley
- The Flathead is Bird Central! Visit the Flathead Important Bird Areas.