Every year in the spring, Bitterroot Audubon Society gathers at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge and celebrates "Welcome Back Waterfowl" Day in the Bitterroot valley. This Saturday, April 7, Audubon members will be set up along the county road by two of the major ponds with spotting scopes. They invite the public to come on out.

From 10 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, members will be happy to answer questions from the public about the birds they're seeing. This is especially a good day for the kids in the family to learn a little bit about the feathered creatures in Western Montana. To learn more about the day and find out more about daily observations in our area, check the Bitterroot Audubon website.

And, of course, get your bird feeder set up for some backyard viewing this year. Even with the lingering snow storms, the birds are arriving. The robins I've seen around Hamilton look a little angry about the cold, but they're here. Some of the birds seen recently at the Metcalf include snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans and a wide variety of ducks.

A flicker, looking at you. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)