Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
The Long-billed Curlew is an icon of the American prairie and intermountain grassland basins. It is a relatively large, conspicuous shorebird found in short to moderate height prairie. The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) has identified the curlew as a flagship species, or one that is likely to resonate with the public and thus garner support for conservation action. It is declining across its range, but in Montana, healthy populations remain. We’re working with many partners to learn more about Curlews and protect the grasslands and agricultural lands they need to for breeding. Based on curlew presence, threats, and opportunities, we’ve determined the Mission Valley and nearby grasslands are an ideal focal area.
This year, Long-billed curlew surveyors can start taking data using their hand-held, smart devices. Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have designed an ArcGIS application to make in-field data entry easy, make it easy to know your exact stop location at every point on any route, and to eliminate hours of time spent hand-entering and proofing data. To learn more about the app, read this user guide.”
The Flathead Indian Reservation and surrounding prairies and agricultural lands host good numbers of Long-billed Curlews. We’re hoping you can help us learn more and conserve this species and its habitat. We began this effort in 2014, and a report of our findings is here.
Project monitoring reports:
Submit your Curlew sightings
To let us know about your curlew observations, please fill out and return this form.