Conservation Policy

Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.

Impacts to Montana

The United Nations and top-notch scientists the world over agree that global climate change is happening and human industrial activity is largely responsible. If each of us takes action — in our homes, in our communities, in our nation, and across the globe — there is still time to reduce global warming pollution and help safeguard nature for birds, wildlife, and our children.

Join us by learning more about how climate change can impact Montana’s birds, wildlife and communities—and what you can do to help address this important issue.

Act Locally:

  • Glacier National Park. Montana’s Glacier National Park has the dubious honor of being the poster child for impacts from climate change – resulting in melting glaciers. This US Geological Society report documents the retreat of the park’s glaciers. As well as this short video.
  • Missoula. Since 2012, Montana Audubon has been deeply involved in the Missoula area Climate Action Planning. Montana Audubon staff co-lead the effort to develop a municipal Climate Action Plan, which the City Council unanimously adopted in 2013. Learn about Missoula’s work to address climate change here.
  • State of Montana. Montana created a Climate Action Plan in 2007. Although it’s now a bit dated, then-Governor Brian Schweitzer appointed a diverse Climate Change Advisory Committee to outline what Montana could and should do to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. You can find the report here – along with other information from the state of Montana.

Impacts to Montana's Wildlife:

In addition to impacts on birds, other Montana wildlife will also be affected in a warming world. Specifically:

Challenges for Elk and Other Big Game Animals. Montana’s ‘charismatic mega-fauna’ like elk, deer, moose, bear, and others, will be greatly impacted by a changing climate.

Trout Like it Cold. Montana is known for its cold water fisheries. Check out these two Montana reports that outline impacts close to home:

  •  From Montana Trout Unlimited: Trout in Trouble: The Impacts of Global Warming on Trout in the Interior West. To download either the four-page summary or the full report, head to the MTTU web site.
  • The Clark Fork Coalition also has a fantastic publication: Low Flows Hot Trout. And it’s not all about fish. Download from the CFC’s website.

Impacts to Streams and Wetlands:

Perhaps the best-known reason for protection of wetlands and riparian areas is their importance as critical wildlife habitat. From deer, waterfowl, bulrushes, trout, and painted turtles, to beaver, cattails, bog orchids, frogs, and Great Blue Heron, these areas provide a major part of the habitat required to support a staggering number of creatures. Here are some great resources for more information on how climate change will impact these important habitats:

  • Learn about what Montana is doing for streams, wetlands, and climate change here.

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