POLSON — “Solitary Sandpiper Secrets” by Jim Rogers will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm in the Polson Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Rogers will provide an overview of the Solitary sandpiper’s unusual breeding behavior and habitat requirements. It is notable, for example, that the Solitary sandpiper is the only North American shorebird that nests in trees. Its name refers to the species’ solitary habit during migration that is strikingly different from the flocking behavior of most other migrant sandpipers. Though Solitary sandpipers pass through Montana while heading north to their breeding grounds located in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada each spring, a small team of dedicated volunteers recently documented breeding Solitary sandpipers in northwestern Montana for the first time. And as part of the team that made this exciting discovery, Jim will provide an insider’s account of how they followed the clues through mosquito infested wetlands frequented by grizzly bears to chronicle Montana’s newest breeding bird. 

Jim Rogers is a life-long birdwatcher that migrates south each winter to survey and monitor owls in southern Arizona for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and then returns to Montana in the spring to help with Harlequin duck research in Glacier National Park.


  • Occurred Thursday, October 10th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

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