Species of Conservation Concern
The following species figure prominently in IBA nominations based on their conservation priority as stated in the Montana Bird Conservation Plan (Levels I & II) and/or by BirdLife International (Vulnerable or Near Threatened). In addition, the Montana Natural Heritage Program, together with MT Fish Wildlife and Parks, has recently authored their 2009 Montana Animal Species of Concern (which includes 63 avian species, 3 of which are new to the list). Download this publication HERE >>
Level I priority: Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Harlequin Duck, Greater Sage-Grouse, Piping Plover, Mountain Plover, Least Tern, Flammulated Owl, Burrowing Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Sprague's Pipit, Baird's Sparrow
Level II priority: Horned Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Ruffed Grouse, Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Franklin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black Swift, Vaux's Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Lewis's Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Williamson's Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Winter Wren, Veery, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-eyed Vireo, Lazuli Bunting, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, McCown's Longspur, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Black Rosy-Finch
BirdLife International Threatened: Whooping Crane
BirdLife International Near Threatened: Greater Sage-Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-headed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Brewer's Sparrow, Cassin's Finch.
For information contact: Amy Cilimburg, Director of Bird Conservation, at 406-465-1141