Spring is the chance to see two major bird events in Montana’s Russell Country. Snow geese are resting and feeding at the Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area before flying to their summer nesting grounds farther north.
The best times to see the geese are at dawn when they fly to nearby grain fields, at 10 a.m.when they return, and around 4 p.m. when they once again fly to search for food.
The second event is the courtship dance of the sharp-tailed grouse. Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a few miles north of Great Falls, has a blind that can be reserved for viewing this wonder of nature.
Russell Country is a noted birdwatching area in north central Montana known for the diversity of habitats which attract a variety of feathered species. Birders can now enjoy the area even more with a newly published brochure titled Wings Across the Big Sky. There are 12 specific routes described in the publication noting the species, habitats, driving directions and facilities available along each route.