March 2016 Events!


February’s  Backyard Bird Count went by rather quietly, but there was at least 12 species identified over the course of the 4 days, with some having multiple large numbers in the flocks. March is here!  We have a few items planned out.

Dog Friendly Group Walks!

BlackBridge Walking Loop

Saturday, March 5th at 3:00pm there is Social Dog Saturday and Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm a Wednesday Walking Group plus dogsBring your doggies out and let them meet other doggies!
Meet at Eyers Park (East of Reynolds). There is a doggie poop station on Bell St. Bridge access .(hint hint). Bring your leashed dog out and go for a 1.7mile walk. This should be an enjoyable group event for both your dog and other people.
Pending on group meet up and participation this could be a weekly option.

*Obviously, make sure you are in control of your dog. As you are responsible for your dog and its behavior.  Your dog should be up to date with its current vaccinations. For those driving, please use the provided parking lot.  Leashes are required. Also, do not to let your dog run around in the city park, as per city code 8-7-4.  There will should be no issues in the parking area. (A little bird told me to contact Public Works, we are fine). Also you need to clean up after your dog. Dog station is at the trail head and garbage is located there as well.

Doggie Poo clean up station.



Link to route:

Spring Weekend Events!


Spring is here… or will be, officially March 20th.

March 18th 

10 am: Jaycee’s West Loop Park. 1.6 mile loop. Meet at the Tennis Court area Parking spot. Its all flat and easy. Route Link:

5:30 pm: ????(unnamed trail) x.x miles.  Meet at Group Use Shelter and we will hike up the mystery trail!  Wear good hiking shoes! We will go up the hard way. Once on top its easy walking.  We will end up at the first campground on the right of the road.  I will hopefully have the trail data by then…  In case of wet conditions we will have alternative hiking routes.

Link to route on Endomondo

March 19th

10am: Meet at Group Use Shelter. We will walk the (unnamed trail) again!.  I also plan to do this trail on June 11th, for Buzzard Day as well.  Currently unable to find trail name, who or when it was built.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.  Its been around for over 20 years.

1pm: Meet at bottom of switchbacks (assuming they are still closed) we will hike the road back to Artists Vista!  About 12miles of easy road.  Wet conditions will have alternative hiking routes.

Sunday,March 20th, 7pm.

January’s full moon hike had an amazing turnout of 50ish people.  I know this weekend has a few things going on, but I would like to celebrate the Spring Equinox Full Moon with another hike and campfire!  This time it will not be such a long walk.  We will meet at 7pm at the Group Use Shelter in Makoshika State Park.  Pending on the crowd, if its small and we have good moonlight, we will hike the Diane Gabriel Trail. If we have a larger turnout or bad moonlight, or wet trails, we will hike the road to the bottom of the switchbacks.  Hopefully I will have the campfire going by then.  I will have marshmallows, fixings for smores and hot water available for drinks again!

Great Backyard Bird Count 2016

Hark, love, while through this wood we walk,
Beneath melodious trees,
How wrens with redbreasts ever talk
What tuneful words they please…
No graybeard linguis
t, love, could vie
With our large learning, then!
You’d speak to me in Redbreast; I
Would answer you in Wren!
~Edgar Fawcett, “Bird-Language,” Songs of Doubt and Dream, 1891

Northern Flicker in Graveyard Coulee by Kelly Wicks, 2015

I thought I’d change up the activities a bit.  Birding or bird watching can be a very easy way to exercise or just another excuse to get outside.  Its a low impact on the body, it has relatively slow moving or non moving aspects.  It can be done in groups, by yourself. In open areas or in your own backyard! The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 12th -15th, 2016.  If you plan on coming out for the group event I suggest bringing, binoculars/telescope and or camera.  Don’t bring to much stuff as YOU will have to carry it. There is also a photo contest if you wish to enter, to win bird feeders.

I will have this checklist February Checklist for 59330, Glendive, Dawson County, MT, Birds of Montana Field Guide and Audobon Society Field Guide to Birds, binoculars, notepad and camera with me.  I also have an account with GBBC, so I will upload any data we get.  That way you don’t have to create an account, if you don’t want too. 🙂

If you want more information or just want to do it from home check out: Great Backyard Bird Count Homepage for more information.

Birds are mostly active during early morning and in the evening and in between, pending on the weather and bird.  I will do my best to be at the locations by 6:45am… sunrise will be around 7am.


  • Friday 12th 7:00-8/9am  Black Bridge Fishing Access.
    • Meet at 2nd (middle) parking lot.
    • Walk and observe.
  • Friday 12th 10:00am-12 pm Hollecker Park/Lake.
    • Meet at parking lot. Walk around or sit to observe.
  • Friday 12th 3:00 pm-5:30pm   Makoshika State Park.
    • Meet at bottom of switchbacks.
    • Walk up switchback road and Ponderosa Trail area.
  • Saturday 13th 7:00 am  Boat Ramp Area, Behind MT DOT.
    • Meet in parking lot. Stay on public access.
  • Saturday 13th  10:00 am  Makoshika State Park.
    • Meet at Visitors Center.
    • Will look for birds behind the visitor’s center along the Blue Bird Trail.
  • Saturday 13th 3:00 pm ABC Little League Fields/Area.

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