Montana Bird Conservation Partnership

The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership is a coalition of representatives from state, federal, and tribal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector dedicated to conserving bird populations and habitats in Montana. Our mission is to “keep common birds common” while also conserving sensitive or rare species. We use science to direct habitat conservation priorities, and work with landowners and managers to recommend conservation actions that are practical and sustainable for land stewards.

We support a partnership-based approach to state and regional implementation of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) and the four National Bird Conservation Initiatives:

  • Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan
  • U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan
  • Waterbird Conservation for the Americas
  • North American Waterfowl Management Plan

News and Updates:

June 23, 2015 - Montana state conservation partners hosted a Conservation Programs Workshop in Lewistown Montana and approximately 50 people gathered representing federal, state, and local governments and non-governmental organizations participated in the one-day workshop.  Presentations covered a suite of programs available for habitat conservation work in Montana.  Participants were encouraged to think about how to mix and match programs administered by different agencies to meet landowner needs and conservation objectives. Access there meeting materials here:

And check out the Montana Conservation Menu here, which is a site designed to help citizens of Montana find assistance programs for implementation of conservation practices. Use the links below to find the right program for your land.

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and Mission Valley, with the majestic Mission Mountain Range in the background (northwestern Montana).

Project Spotlight

Management for Long-billed Curlews targets grazed, native vegetation and grasslands. Image courtesy of USFWS.

The 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 grasslands.  The Intermountain West Regional Shorebird Plan considers the intermountain west region to be of critical importance to curlews.  The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) has identified the curlew as a...

Catherine Wightman 
Wildlife Habitat and Farm Bill Coordinator
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
420 East 6th Avenue
Helena, MT  59601
O: 406.444.3377
Montana Bird Conservation Partnership

Kyle Tackett
Resource Conservationist for Initiatives
Natural Resources Conservation Service – Dillon Service Center
420 Barrett Street
Dillon, MT 59725
O: 406.925.2865