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2014-- 2015 cHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count, an annual tradition that excites families, communities, and the conservation movement, is here again. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. The tradition began 115 years ago and is a long-standing program of Audubon, including in Montana.

 
Erick Greene on CBC
Erick Greene, Missoula's CBC

The CBC is an early-winter bird census, where volunteers count every bird they see or hear during one day in a designated 15-mile diameter circle.

This year's CBC will be conducted between December 14, 2014 and January 5, 2015. Details about exactly where, when and how to participate will be posted below.

These counts have proven incredibly valuable for what they tell scientists -- and all of us -- about our changing world. To learn more about climate change and early winter birds, trends based on 40 years of CBC data, see Ecological Disruption in Motion.


How to Participate:

All Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) are open to the public. The following information will help you learn how to participate this year:

Note that the following has yet to be updated for the 2014-15 count year - check back in November for new information.

  • To locate the CBC nearest you, see the map below.
  • Updated count dates, leaders, and other information will be found BELOW as we receive the information from area leaders.
  • A chart of 2013-14 Montana CBC information (table of dates, leaders, etc.) can be downloaded HERE. This is updated frequently!
  • A calendar with 2013-14 Montana CBC dates can be downloaded HERE.
  • CBC is FREE!!  National Audubon Society publishes the CBC results in an on-line version of American Birds. Because it is only available on-line, there is no reason to charge for the CBC.

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Map of Montana Christmas Bird Count Locations (2013-2014)MT CBC map

2014 - 2015 Montana Christmas Bird Counts

NOTE: CBC dates and contact information are posted as they are obtained.

Map# CBC Name Count Date How to Participate (2013-14 - watch for an update HERE):
1 Kalispell
 

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Dan Casey: Home: danielcasey55@gmail.com, 857-3143; Cell: 270-5941.

2 Billings  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Jim Court (406-259-5099 or custertours@gmail.com).

3 Bowdoin NWR/ Malta  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Fritz at 406-654-1381, tfprell@mtintouch.net.

4 Fort Peck
 

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Chuck Carlson (526-3245 or chuckcmt@nemont.net).

5 Lewistown  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following perople led this count: Jeff Rath, 406-323-1719, jbaraths@midrivers.com OR Rose Emily Blum, 323-3544, rosemk@midrivers.com.

6 Roundup  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Rose at <rosemk@midrivers.com> or 406-323-3544.

7 Great Falls  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Nora Gray: norafgray@gmail.com, 406-453-0170.

8 Chester  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Dave Allen at 406-456-3243 or (work) 406-456-3226 or gowfin@mtintouch.net.

9 Yellowstone National Park Sunday, Dec. 22

In the winter of 2013-14, the following people led this count: Terry McEneaney at ravenology@bresnan.net or 406-223-2688 (evenings 6-9 PM) OR David Martyn at 406-848-7701.

10 West Yellowstone Sunday, Dec. 15

In the winter of 2013-14, the following people led this count: John Heinie ((w): 406-646-7001 or (h): 406-640-0124) OR Brad Barth at barthbrad@gmail.com.

11 Clark Canyon Dam Saturday, Dec. 14

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Jack Kirkley at j_kirkley@umwestern.edu or 406-683-7321.

12 Ennis  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Robin: 406-581-5418 or pajaros@wewolcotts.com.

13 Livingston/ Park County  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Sally at 406-223-9167 or smacbirder@msn.com.

14 Bozeman  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: John Parker (406-586-5863) for more information.

15 Three Forks  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Dennis at 406-539-1145.

16 Warm Springs

 

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Gary Swant at birdmontana1@hughes.net.

17 Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site

 

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Gary Swant at birdmontana1@hughes.net.

18 Helena  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Lorna at 406-443-7162 or lornajmilne@gmail OR Cedron at 406-442-1271.

19 Stevensville  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Dave Lockman at 777-7426 (d) or 777-2929 (e).

20 Missoula  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Larry Weeks at bwsgenea@onlinemt.com.

21 Ninepipe NWR  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Brian Williams: 327-0405 (day)or 721-1467 (night) or by email at bwilliams@montananaturalist.org.

22 Upper Swan Valley  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Jody at 754-4002 or jmw4002@blackfoot.net.

23 Troy  
In the winter of 2013-14, the following people led this count: Don Jones at 406-295-4291, 112 W Kalispell Ave, Troy, MT 59935, gr8gray@frontiernet.net.
24 Libby  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Kay Casperson, 406-293-7676

25 Eureka  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following people led this count: Lewis or Lynda Young at 406-889-3492 or llyoung@interbel.net.

26 Glacier National Park  
In the winter of 2013-14, the following people led this count: Jami at 406-888-7986 or jami_belt@nps.gov OR Lisa at 888-7833, lisa_bate@nps.gov.
27 Bigfork  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Dan Casey: Home: danielcasey55@gmail.com, 857-3143; 756-2681; Cell: 270-5941.

28 Hamilton  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: John at 363-5464 or johnhamtana@aol.com.

29 Little Rocky Mountains

 

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Fritz at 406-654-1381, tfprell@mtintouch.net.

30 McNeil Slough  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Fritz at 406-654-1381, tfprell@mtintouch.net.

31 Big Hole  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Kate Stone to register, either by email (krosestone@hotmail.com) or phone (406-381-1115).

32 Miles City  

In the winter of 2013-14, the following person led this count: Jennifer Muscha: 406-951-2799 or email: Jennifer.Muscha@ARS.usda.gov.

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A Few Facts about Montana Christmas Bird Count (2012-13 results):

  • There were 32 different Christmas Bird Counts in 2012-13. Missoula had the most participants on their count last year, with 113 observers; most of Montana's counts had fewer than 20 observers (20 of 32 counts). In previous years more than 600 observers have participated in counts throughout Montana.
    Swainson's Thrush

    Swainson's Thrush.
    Photo by Bob Martinka.

  • There were 37 count "firsts" established in 2012-13, with Missoula having two state-first records: Swainson's Thrush (pictured right) and Lesser Goldfinch. The Fort Peck count also had a state-first: a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Other count firsts included a Cackling Goose and Spotted Sandpiper in Bigfork, a Pied-billed Grebe in Bozeman, 2 American Dippers at Musselshell Valley (Roundup), and Hoary Redpolls on several counts.
  • For the first time, in 2012-13, five counts reported 80 or more species: Stevensville saw the most species - 89 total; Bigfork tallied 88, Missoula recorded 87, Kalispell saw 83, and Ninepipe NWR recorded 80.
  • Snowy Owls had had a respectable year, with 11 birds counted on 4 counts.
  • The most abundant species statewide in 2012-13 was Canada Geese, with 67,041 individuals recorded on 26 (of 32) counts.
  • Trumpeter Swans (274 on 5 counts) outnumbered Tundra Swans (182 on 7 counts).
  • Total number of species seen in Montana CBCs (cumulative list as of 2012-13): 210 species, with 3 new species added last year.
  • First Montana count: Bozeman in 1908. Our youngest count: the Big Hole count started in 2008. The most Christmas Bird Counts have been conducted in both Billings and Bozeman, with 56 Christmas Bird Counts each.

Thanks to Dan Casey of Flathead Audubon for compiling these results for American Birds!

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photos & sounds of common CBC Birds in Montana

These can be used for media pieces related to the Christmas Bird Count.
Copyright as noted below each photo.

See below for photos of people.

kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher (185 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee (655 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing (286 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

goldeneye

Common Golden (754kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

downy

Downy Woodpecker (330kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

horned lark

Horned Lark (1003 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

house finch

House Finch (341 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

mallard

Mallard (535 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk (922 kb) HERE. Copyright Dan Casey.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (809kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

rough-legged hawk

Rough-legged Hawk (235 kb) HERE. Copyright Bob Martinka.

PEOPLE on CBC counts

Kelly Island

List checking on Kelly Island. original. A Cilimburg photo.

cbc 2011

Eric on CBC 2011. original. A Cilimburg photo

Big Hole Birders

Big Hole CBC Jan 2010. original. K Stone photo

Big Hole CBC

Big Hole CBC Jan 2010. original. K Stone photo


SOUNDS:

Cedar Waxwing song
Northern Flicker vocalizations
Red-tailed Hawk call

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