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:

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

Project Spotlight

Bird Conservation Region #10 (Northern Rockies)

Birds are sensitive to environmental change.  The history of bird conservation is ripe with examples of birds signaling landscape change or environmental contaminants.  In fact, birds often show population-level responses to change more quickly than many other species groups.  Monitoring patterns in bird distribution and abundance can therefore serve as an early indication of environmental or...