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Long-Billed Curlew Initiative

CurlewFlight_MartinkaThe Long-billed Curlew is an icon of the American prairie and intermountain grassland basins. It is a relatively large, conspicuous shorebird found in short to moderate height prairie. The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) has identified the curlew as a flagship species, or one that is likely to resonate with the public and thus garner support for conservation action. It is declining across its range, but in Montana, healthy populations remain. We’re working with many partners to learn more about Curlews and protect the grasslands and agricultural lands they need to for breeding. Based on curlew presence, threats, and opportunities, we’ve determined the Mission Valley and nearby grasslands are an ideal focal area.

Survey Volunteers Needed for 2019 Season!

Curlews in the Mission Valley and Surrounding Grasslands

The Flathead Indian Reservation and surrounding prairies and agricultural lands host good numbers of Long-billed Curlews. We’re hoping you can help us learn more and conserve this species and its habitat. We began this effort in 2014, and a report of our findings is here.

2019 Website for Mission Valley volunteers and surveyors.

If you are wondering about these slightly more intensive survey efforts, download the protocol and the data forms.

Project monitoring reports:

Mission Valley Curlew Surveys 2017

Mission Valley Curlew Surveys 2016

Mission Valley Curlew Surveys 2015

Mission Valley Curlew Report 2014


Submit your Curlew sightings

To let us know about your curlew observations, please fill out and return this form.

For Professionals working in the field:  

Curlew habitat management information

For more information or to help contact Amy Seaman: [email protected] or 406.443.3949. You may also contact Janene Lichtenberg:  [email protected]

Funding for this project has been provided by the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Audubon, and in-kind support from many dedicated partners.

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