Birds & Science

We use the best available science to ensure the survival of Montana's birds and other wildlife.


Citizen Science Opportunities

Montana Audubon is a leader in engaging citizen scientists on the ground to monitor species of concern like the elusive Black Swift, the charismatic Long-billed Curlew, and the cosmopolitan Chimney Swift. And our dynamic programs generate more than bird observation data. Each project provides a unique opportunity to engage with the communities we serve, in the habitat’s and Important Bird Areas we’re working to protect. As we enter 2019, Montana Audubon is in a position to leverage our citizen network to continue promoting the conservation of species of concern through citizen science.

In just a few months, Long-billed Curlews will return and once they start the nesting season in early May, the remainder of our summer programs will start to pick up steam. Here is a short update on all of our 2018 programs, many of which will be focal points again in the new year: Montana Audubon 2018 Citizen Science Report

Click here for information and access to our individual species projects, including Long-billed Curlews and Black Swifts.

Chirstmas Bird Count

Over 30 Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) will take place in Montana this winter. The CBC is the longest running citizen science program on earth and is coordinated by National Audubon. Plan to join a count in Montana this winter, which will take place between Dec. 14, 2018 and January 5, 2019.

Learn more about the CBC program here.

To find a Montana count near you (and to sign up for one), use National Audubon’s interactive map: zoom into Montana and click on a count for more information!



2019 Field Season

Click here to view Montana Audubon’s survey volunteer site for the 2019  season. There you will find information on Black Swift, Chimney Swift, Long-billed Curlew, Rosy Finch and Harlequin Duck surveys.



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