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Montana Audubon is known for its birding tours to great destinations, and the upcoming season promises adventures close to and far from home. See below for 2015 tour schedule.

All tours are on a first come, first served basis. Complete trip itineraries and bird species lists are available upon request. Some trips includes a tax-deductible donation to Montana Audubon.

THE 2015 tours and DATES

Please call the Montana Audubon office 406-443-3949 for information about all tours.

Southwest Montana Sage-Grouse Lek Tour: May 1-3, 2015

sage-grouseEarly May is the best time to comfortably view the spectacular dawn displays of male Greater Sage-Grouse at their breeding leks. We’ll get up early to visit a lek known to host 50 or more booming grouse! The Greater Sage-Grouse is North America's largest native grouse species, and is a candidate for federal listing as “threatened”. This weekend adventure will also explore the sagebrush hills surrounding Montana’shistoric Bannack State Park ghost town, plus the wetlands and grasslands adjacent to Clark Canyon Reservoir and in the Beaverhead Valley near Dillon. In this area we will search for Sage Thrashers, Long-billed Curlews, Ferruginous and Swainson’s Hawks, Burrowing Owls, Prairie & Peregrine Falcons, and various passerines. We plan to view (from a distance) several active raptor nest sites, possibly including both Golden and Bald Eagles. Waterbird migration will be in full swing at this time, and thus we are likely to find good numbers and varieties of diving and dabbling ducks, an array of shorebirds, as well as loons, pelicans, waders and marsh birds. The cost is $495/person which includes double occupancy lodging (single supplement $100), meals, and transportation from Bozeman, Helena, or possibly Missoula. A $100/person deposit reserves your place.

All tours are on a first come, first served basis. Complete trip itineraries and bird species lists are available upon request.

For reservations call the Montana Audubon office 406-443-3949 or email

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Centennial Valley & Red Rock Lakes: May 29-May 31 2015

 Red Rocks Lake
This popular weekend adventure explores Montana’s Centennial Valley and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Late May is the best time of year to visit this remote, scenic, bird-rich area (still early for mosquitoes, with optimal diversity of migrant and resident birds). In addition to Trumpeter Swans, we will see an abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, waders, grebes, songbirds, raptors and more. Your guide will be Bob Martinka.

The cost is $495/person, and includes lodging, meals, and transportation from Bozeman or Helena. A $150/person deposit will reserve your place. This trip always fills up fast, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.

View the Trip Itinerary.

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Veracruz, Mexico River of the Raptors Tour: October 2015

Swainson's HawkWitness the world's largest raptor migration by joining this tour led by raptor expert and Montana Audubon Executive Director Steve Hoffman. Over 100,000 migrant raptors can cover the skies each day.

Details to follow.









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