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The Montana Bird Distribution (MBD) database contains information on the distribution and seasonal occurrence for each species found in the state. The database is housed at the Montana Natural Heritage Program (MNHP) and is a cooperative project of Montana Audubon, the MNHP, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and the Montana Bird Records Committee (see below).
Information from MBD database is used extensively to help us manage and conserve birds, determine Montana’s Species of Concern, inform MNHP and FWP’s Field Guide, and is presently being used in writing the Birds of Montana Book Project.
The Montana Bird Records Committee evaluates all reports of rare birds in Montana. For more information about the committee, its role in analyzing records and how birders are involved in understanding bird distribution, please contact Amy Seaman at [email protected]. Information about this committee is currently moving to a new website; we will add a link to that website when we receive it.
For online submission of general bird sightings, there are two methods for birders to share observations with the MBD database. Additionally you can submit spreadsheets or paper copies of your sightings. These methods are detailed below.
The 7th edition of P.D. Skaar’s Montana Bird Distribution was released in June 2012. This book is an excellent companion to a field guide because it shows where birds are found in Montana: for every bird species ever observed in the state, maps show breeding and wintering areas. This edition contains maps for 427 bird species observed in the state.
This book comes with a 2012 Bird Checklist. Paper copies of the checklist are available from the Montana Audubon office. However, if you want a copy immediately, please visit our Birding Montana page to download.
Purchasing Montana Bird Distribution:
The 7th edition of P.D. Skaarr’s Montana Bird Distribution is available for purchase. This new edition costs $15, plus $5 shipping and handling ($20 total). There are several ways to order the book:
For more information about this project, contact Janet Ellis, Senior Policy Director, at 406.443.3949 or [email protected].
If you would like to contribute bird observation records to Montana Bird Distribution, including future editions of the book, you can enter records online, enter them into a spreadsheet, or mail us a paper copy of your records:
Other Submission Methods:
The Montana Bird Records Committee, formed in 1991, serves everyone interested in bird distribution. The Committee is primarily known for its work:
For more information about the Montana Bird Records Committee, visit: https://www.montanabirdadvocacy.org/about-mbrc/.