Long-billed curlew

Long-billed curlew.

Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist John Carlson will present a program on grasslands and the birds that inhabit them, particularly the grassland birds of Montana, at the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society’s January meeting.

The presentation will be Jan. 15 at the Mayflower Congregational Church on the corner of Rehberg Lane and Poly Drive beginning at 7 p.m.

Grasslands are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. The prairies of North America once ranged from western Minnesota to the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana and from the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to central Mexico. Some of the best remaining prairie is found in Eastern Montana.

These Montana prairie grasslands are home to a variety of birds. Carlson will include in his presentation how management of the remaining grasslands can ensure that people continue to see these birds in Montana.

For more information about YVAS and the Jan. 15 event, log on to yvaudubon.org or contact Steve Regele at 962-3115 or smregele@gmail.com

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