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The Flathead Audubon Society will host a special program to look for winter birds and tracks in the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join FAS conservation educator and long-time teaching naturalist Denny Olson on a winter hike of all the OSNA trails.

Winter birds, bird songs, tracking, botanizing and seat-of-the-pants interpretation will be the unstructured itinerary. This is one of the best spots in the area to see pileated and other woodpeckers, many kinds of chickadees, bohemian and cedar waxwings in flocks of thousands, pine grosbeaks, townsend's solitaires — and some unexpected birds. You will learn not just bird identification but lots of natural history lore.

Dress warmly, bring binoculars and snow boots, and check with us on the need for snowshoes, if the snow is deep. Binoculars and field guides are available if you need them. Call Denny at 406-249-3987, or contact him at auduboneducator@gmail.com to register and get directions.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website at flatheadaudubon.org.

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