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Keeping Common Birds Common

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' bird conservation program is dedicated to conserving populations and habitats of all birds. Our mission is to 'keep common birds common' while also conserving sensitive or rare species. We use science to direct habitat conservation priorities, but work with landowners and managers to apply conservation in ways that are practical and sustainable for land stewards.

FWP is partnering with the Montana Bird Conservation Partnership, a group of state, federal, not-for-profit and private organizations that are dedicated to bird conservation in Montana. Through this partnership, we have an exciting opportunity to maintain working landscapes and positively affect bird populations and habitats throughout the state.

Conservation Initiatives

Our program is a partnership-based approach to state and region-wide implementation of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) and the four National Bird Conservation Initiatives. These initiatives describe regional and national priorities for bird conservation.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Catherine Wightman at (406) 490-2329 or by e-mail.

Program Components

Great Blue Heron photo

Monitoring & Research

Monitoring is a valuable tool for assessing the effects of conservation action on bird populations.

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American Redstart photo

Habitat Conservation

FWP is working with partners to identify areas in need of conservation and provide tools to help landowners and managers enhance and maintain bird habitat.

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Ferruginous Hawk photo


FWP is reaching out to the public to generate support and action for bird conservation in Montana.

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