Birdwatchers from across the state will converge in Missoula next week for the annual Montana Audubon "Wings Across the Big Sky" convention.
The gathering takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with field trips, presentations and lectures.
Raptor rehabilitator Kate Davis is the keynote speaker at Friday evening's gathering in the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park. On Saturday, University of Montana biologist Erick Greene will discuss his latest bird communication research at a lunchtime program. Nobel Prize winner Steve Running will speak at the Saturday evening program about Montana climate research and the political ripples it's causing.
More than 30 field trips to birding spots around Missoula are planned for Saturday and Sunday mornings. A family festival will take place in Caras Park by the Clark Fork River Market on Saturday, in conjunction with the Montana Natural History Center. Saturday afternoon will also feature talks on birding, natural history and conservation issues.
Early registration discounts are available through Thursday. To register, check the Internet at www.mtaudubon.org or call (406) 443-3949.