It’s the second half of March when snow geese migration normally peaks with thousands of birds at Freezout Wildlife Management Area along the Rocky Mountain Front.
But something is missing year – the snow geese. Winter’s blast of cold and snow has left Freezout froze up. In addition, the WMA’s roads and parking lots are plowed as much as possible, but the roads are marginal and if the wind blows they may quickly drift in.
Freezout is located between the towns of Fairfield and Choteau along U.S. 89.
Typically snow geese migration peaks the end of March. Some years, winter weather farther north can bottle up the birds temporarily at Freezout, leading to numbers greater than 100,000.
This year, however, the lingering effects of winter are here, keeping the birds farther south. Depending on when the WMA waters open the snow geese may stop here in large numbers or simply keeping flying north to their Arctic breeding grounds.
Birdwatchers planning a trip to Freezout should first call the WMA information hotline at (406) 467-2646.
(via MT FWP)