Birding Montana

Habitat in Montana is as diverse as the state is wide: Rocky Mountain peaks in the West and the Great Plains of the eastern two thirds of the state. In the north is spectacular Glacier National Park where golden eagles, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep can be spotted on rocky ledges; in the south is Yellowstone National Park and the Little Bighorn Battlefield, where you might spot a prairie falcon taking a prairie dog. In the big-sky plains, look for nesting Franklin’s gull, Baird’s sparrow, and McCown’s and chestnut-collared longspur. You might even spot a sharp-tailed or greater sage grouse. In the winter, you might luck onto a gyrfalcon. In the mountains, you might find gray-crowned or black rosy-finches, or even a great gray owl.

  • Montana Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Montana Birding Hotspots

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Mountain Bluebird, photo by Elaine R. Wilson / Wikimedia Commons

A Montana Bird Loop From Curlews to Loons

BWD contributors Craig and Liz Larcom plan out a 417-mile loop that climbs up and over the Continental Divide, circling some of the nation’s finest wilderness. Read about their weeklong trip filled with striking scenery and many feathered species.
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