Birds & Science

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

Citizen Science Opportunities

You don’t need to be a professional biologist to contribute to science and have a great time doing it. Consider joining one of these citizen efforts and help provide valuable information of the birds, wildlife, and natural systems of Montana and beyond.

2018 Field Season Survey Information:

Click here to view Montana Audubon’s survey volunteer site for the 2018 season. There you will find information on Black Swift, Chimney Swift, Long-billed Curlew, Rosy Finch and Harlequin Duck surveys.

Your Bird Sightings - please submit!:

It is incredibly valuable for birders to share their Montana bird sightings and lists. Collectively, this helps contribute to our understanding of where birds live and how their distribution and populations change over time. There are various ways to report; use whichever system you find most effective and convenient. These different programs collaborate and share information.

Breeding Bird Surveys:

This long-standing and continent-wide volunteer summer survey effort expanded recently, and we need birders for the 2018 field season.

Christmas Bird Count:

Over 30 Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) will take place in Montana this winter. The CBC is the longest running citizen science program ever. Plan to join a count this winter! This year’s counts will take place between Dec. 14, 2017 and January 5, 2018.

Nightjar Surveys:

A national survey with routes available to adopt in Montana. We welcome – and need – surveyors in our state during the summer.

Great Backyard Bird Count:

This count takes place in February every year. Yearly highlights are posted; click here for more information.

Project FeederWatch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Enhance the winter by counting feeder birds for science.

Project Budburst:

A national project to track the impacts on plant phenology with our changing climate. A very cool program – and easy to take part.

Project Budburst

US National Phenology Network:

NPN brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States.

Bird Banding Laboratory:

If you find a banded or color marked bird, report to the Bird Banding Laboratory.

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Center Activities and Updates- June 2018

Click here to read the Montana Audubon Center’s activities and updates for June 2018!

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