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Conserve Montana's Ecosystems.

Conserving Species

This section of the website looks at efforts to conserve our fish and wildlife and the places they live. To find out about specific conservation efforts for each ecosystem visit the Conserve pages in each of the four ecosytem sections.

People doing good work has resulted in major successes including the de-listing of the grizzly bear and bald eagle from the federal threatened species list.

But there is still much to be done. A recent report developed by scientists, anglers, hunters, and conservationists - the Comprehensive Fish and Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CFWCS) (MDFWP 2006) analyzed more than 600 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, crayfish and mussels and the associated places they live. Results of the report identified the species in greatest need of conservation (Tier 1 species) along with specific ecological "communities" and " focus areas."

The ecological communities are identified on the Home Conserve page, because many overlap parts of the four ecosystems. Also, each community is linked to the CFWCS report where additional information, including concerns and actions, can be found.

Bald Eagle Delist

In 1963, the lower 48 states were home to about 400 nesting pairs of bald eagles. Today, they are home to some 10,000 nesting pairs, a 25-fold increase in the last 40 years. Montana alone is home to more than 360 nesting pairs of bald eagles. View the [ Full Story].

Eagle Rebound movie