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Jean Smith Estate donation helps enhance birding education across Montana

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks recently received a generous donation from the Jean Smith Estate that will help enhance bird conservation education across the state. 

Smith was an ornithology professor at Carroll College in Helena and an avid sportswoman who enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting and bird watching. Her donation provided the funding for the development of birding trunks that will be distributed statewide.  

Each trunk contains a minimum of 20 pairs of Vortex 8.5x32 Raptor binoculars with harnesses that can easily be adjusted to fit children and adults. The trunks also contain copies of “Sibley’s Birds West” and “Flying WILD, An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds.”  

The trunks will benefit classroom teachers, youth group leaders, resource agency personnel, and outdoor recreational group leaders interested in providing birding experiences for youth and adults. To reserve a trunk contact one of the FWP offices below. 

The trunks will be distributed to: 

Bannack State Park

Travelers' Rest State Park

Fort Owen State Park

Painted Rocks State Park

Chief Plenty Coups State Park 

Flathead Lake Ranger Station within the Wayfarers Unit of Flathead Lake State Park 

Makoshika State Park

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Lone Pine State Park 

Missouri Headwaters State Park

FWP Region 1 Headquarters

FWP Region 2 Headquarters

FWP Region 3 Headquarters

FWP Region 5 Headquarters

FWP Butte Area Resource Office

FWP Lewistown Area Resource Office

FWP Havre Area Resource Office

In addition, binocular trunks already exist in FWP regional offices in Great Falls, Glasgow, and Miles City.



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