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Flathead Audubon Society to host annual Birds of Prey Festival

KALISPELL – A local bird educator says Flathead birds are doing better than birds in other places across the country.

Northwest Montana is home to thousands and thousands of birds, but across the nation and world, they are threatened, according to Denny Olson with the Flathead Audubon Society.

The 12th annual Birds of Prey Festival is taking place at Lone Pine State Park and will family-friendly educational programs, face painting, arts and crafts, and live hawks and owls.

Following the event participants can be a citizen scientist and become a Jewel Basin Hawk observer with a free training workshop.

Olsen says most bird species are likely to be treated in the future.

“In the next 100-years a third of all bird species are probably going to be in some sort of trouble because of all kinds of factors like climate, human development, and population explosion of human beings,” Olsen said. “So, in general, they’re doing okay here compared to other places.”

The Birds of Prey Festival is free and open to the whole family.  The festival kicks off at 9 a.m. at Lone Pine State Park. Click here to view a full schedule of events.

-Nicole Miller reporting for MTN News

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