Calling all bird lovers

Last Thursday, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 7 non-game biologist Brandi Skone hosted a meeting to gauge the interest of creating a National Audubon Society Chapter in Miles City. 

According to Skone, the meeting was well attended with 20 people. The ages of attendees ranged from the 30s to the 70s. 

“Based on the number here tonight, it’s very promising, and that makes me excited,” Skone said in a press release.

According to the press release, some members of the audience included members of the former Rosebud Audubon Society. That chapter was in existence from the 1980s to the early 2000s. The chapter was located in Miles City. 

The chapter disbanded not because there wasn’t interest but because many of the members were elderly and either got sick or moved away. 

“People who join groups like this are usually older,” said Skone.

Currently, the group hasn’t decided whether they’d form an Audubon chapter or keep it informal.

“So far the group is informal. There are a lot of hoops to jump through to become a chapter,” she said.

Skone doesn’t want to discourage the group if they wants to become an Audubon chapter. 

“I don’t think it has to be an Audubon chapter,” she said in a press release. “It could just be an outdoors group where we can learn about things in nature — and it doesn’t have to be just about birds. Initially I just want to generate interest and see if we have enough people to keep it going.”

The group has talked about incorporating community projects, outdoor walkarounds and possibly joining Skone out in the field into their gatherings. 

Skone, who said she is personally interested in everything birding, said she thinks this could be a great avenue to share non-game work with the public.

For more information Skone can be contacted at (406) 234-0948 or at BSkone@mt.gov.