Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
Some of the most extensive and intact grasslands in North America can be found in Montana. Across the US, grassland birds show the most declines of any type monitored by Breeding Bird Surveys; 70% of these species are decreasing. Native grasslands provide critical habitat for several bird species that are undergoing widespread population declines: Long-billed Curlew, Mountain Plover, Sprague’s Pipit, Golden Eagle, Burrowing Owl, Baird’s Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur (pictured right), and others.
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Yet, Montana is blessed with relatively healthy numbers of these species, and careful stewardship of our native grasslands will help to ensure that grassland species do not become endangered throughout their range.
Specific activities and policies that threaten grasslands include:
In Montana, some of our best native grasslands are found in northeastern Montana within the North Valley Important Bird Area:
Learn more about our Important Bird Area Program.