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Conserving a Flathead Valley Ecological and Community Treasure

Published on October 10, 2016 under News
Conserving a Flathead Valley Ecological and Community Treasure

THANK YOU for helping us raise over $40,000 from October through December 2016 for the West Valley Wetlands project. Click here for a list of our generous West Valley Wetlands project donors through January 31.

We now have 96% of the funding needed for the $1.4 million project – we need only $60,000 to bring the project to fruition.

We have a rare opportunity to conserve almost 400 acres of rich farmland with an exceptional 45 acre pothole wetland that is part of an ecologically important area for birds and wildlife in the West Valley just northwest of Kalispell.  But, we need your help to make it happen!

The West Valley includes a complex of wetlands in agricultural fields that support some of the highest numbers and diversity of wetland birds in the Flathead Valley.  This includes the only known staging area for sandhill cranes in the Flathead Valley where hundreds of these magnificent birds can be viewed during their annual migration.

This project will not only permanently conserve this special place but also establish a bird viewing area for the public overlooking the 45-acre pothole wetland on the agricultural property. We have obtained 96% of the funding needed for the project from grants and some private donations but need $60,000 more in matching funding required in order to keep the grants received and bring the project to fruition.  Help us seize this rare opportunity to protect a very special place with your tax deductible donation today.

For more information about this incredible conservation opportunity and to learn how you can help, click here.

Flathead Beacon news article – Working to Conserve the West Valley wetlands. 

fundraising-appeal-flyer-3“The pothole wetland and surrounding agricultural land of this 400 acre project is critical for tens of thousands of migratory waterfowl, twenty species of shorebirds, and is part of a vital staging area for hundreds of sandhill cranes.”

Dan Casey, Bird Expert and Biologist for Ducks Unlimited, and formerly of American Bird Conservancy and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

 

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