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Montana: Prairies to Peaks

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When: Jun 27, 2017 12:00 AM to Jul 02, 2017 11:00 PM
Dan van den Broek

June 27 - July 2, 2017 | Explore all that the Big Sky Country has to offer from the expansive prairies of the Northern Great Plains to the peaks of Glacier National Park.

Pine Grosbeak - Ron Knight
Pine Grosbeak - Ron Knight

June 27 - July 2, 2017


This six-day adventure will take in all that the Big Sky Country has to offer, from the expansive prairies of the Northern Great Plains to the peaks of Glacier National Park. We’ll begin in Great Falls and explore Benton and Freezeout Lakes. In addition to abundant breeding waterfowl and waterbirds, the wetlands and grasslands here will give us the opportunity to find many species typical of the prairies, including Sprague’s Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Lark Bunting, and Grasshopper Sparrow. We'll also be looking for Upland Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, and Sharp-tailed Grouse. As we make our way north along the Rocky Mountain Front we’ll look for Veery and Northern Waterthrush in the riparian habitats along the creeks coming out of the mountains. We continue on to Glacier, at the heart of a vast ecosystem referred to as the Crown of the Continent. Boreal and alpine specialties such as Spruce Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Pine Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch will all be highlights as we explore the high elevations of this magnificent region. As we make our way south to Missoula and the conclusion of the trip, we’ll stop to explore the wetlands of the Mission Valley and the pine-covered slopes of the National Bison Range.

Black-backed Woodpecker - USF&W
Black-backed Woodpecker - USF&W

Registration Details

For more information contact Dan van den Broek at dvandenbroek@audubonportland.org or 971-222-6105.

Leader: Patty Newland and Ivan Phillipsen, Portland Audubon Trip Leaders
Fee: $1495 members / $1695 non-members
$700 to secure your space
Single supplement: Please contact us if you are interested in a single supplement to confirm availability.

What is included: Ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, entrance fees for planned activities, all meals except dinners, and the services of your leaders. Not included: Airfare to & from Montana and dinners.


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