Montana is home to over 400 bird species across an astonishing diversity of habitats.
Montana Audubon’s Chapters have put out “birding hotspots” maps for certain locations in the state. Below you can access the current hotspots publications or websites:
This April 2012 edition of the Checklist of Montana Birds is based on the 7th edition of Montana Bird Distribution. The state bird list is a cooperative project between the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Audubon; the Montana Natural Heritage Program; and the Montana Bird Records Committee. Hard copies will be available free of charge at all FWP regional offices and the Helena headquarters, or you can download a copy below.
For best results, use legal-sized paper (8 ½ x 14 inches) and change your printer settings to landscape.
Birders in Montana who want to report or learn about rare bird sightings, or about interesting birds and timings or arrival or departure are encouraged to join the on-line Montana Online Birding Group — MOB. This Yahoo user group is the go to place for bird sightings and photos around the state.
A bird list for a specific area in Montana can be developed by:
> Individual QQLL Reference Maps. Detailed individual maps of each QQLL are available. From a map of the state of Montana, this interactive map lets you select any QQLL map you want. You can look at maps on your computer or print them to take into the field.
> Travel Maps. Travel maps show QQLL boundaries for large sections of Montana, with the entire state divided into 7 regions. These maps allow you to roughly determine which QQLL you are in.