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2015-- 2016 cHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (CBC), an annual tradition for families, communities, and the conservation movement, is here again. The CBC is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world. The tradition began 116 years ago and is a long-standing program of Audubon, including in Montana. A summary of the 2014-15 CBC appears here.

 
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. Some volunteers even do this from their kitchen window, watching their feeders. Read about

This year's CBC runs December 14, 2015 and January 5, 2016. Details about exactly where, when and how to participate will be posted below this fall.

These counts have proven incredibly valuable for what they tell scientists -- and all of us -- about our changing world. The data are the basis of Audubon's new Birds & Climate Report; learn about the Montana implications of this study. For more about climate change, early winter birds, and 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. Here's how to participate this year:

  • To locate the CBC nearest you, see the map below.
  • Updated count dates, leaders, and other information is BELOW (to be updated starting in November 2015).
  • A chart of Montana CBC info (dates, leaders, etc.) will be added in November 2015.
  • A calendar with 2015-16 Montana CBC dates can be downloaded HERE in November 2015.

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Map of Montana Christmas Bird Count Locations (2014-2015) - A map for 2015 -2016 will appear here in november 2015.MT CBC map

2015 - 2016 Montana Christmas Bird Counts

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

Map# CBC Name Count Date How to Participate (2014-15):
1 Kalispell
No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: count leader Pete Fisher at fisherpete88@yahoo.com, 406-250-9624.

2 Billings No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Jim Court at406-259-5099 or custertours@gmail.com.

3 Bowdoin NWR/ Malta No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Fritz at 406-654-1381, tfprell@mtintouch.net

4 Fort Peck
No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Chuck Carlson at 406-526-3245 or chuckcmt@nemont.net.

5 Lewistown No Date Set

 

6 Roundup/Musselshell Valley No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Rose at 406-323-3544, rosemk@midrivers.com.

7 Great Falls No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Nora Gray at norafgray@gmail.com, 406-453-0170.

8 Chester No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Janet and Chuck Saxton at 406-456-3260.

9 Yellowstone National Park No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Woody Martyn at woodymartyn@hotmail.com or (406) 224-1476.

10 West Yellowstone No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Brad Barth at barthbrad@gmail.com or 406-640-2628..

11 Clark Canyon Dam No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Jack at jack.kirkley@umwestern.edu or 406-683-7321.

12 Ennis No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Robin at 406-581-5418 or pajaros@wewolcotts.com.

13 Livingston/ Park County No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Sally at 406-223-9167 or smacbirder@msn.com.

14 Bozeman No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: John Parker at 406-586-5863 or conundrumjp@gmail.com.

15 Three Forks No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: John Parker at 406-586-5863 or conundrumjp@gmail.com.

16 Warm Springs

No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Gary Swant at birdmontana1@hughes.net.

17 Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site

No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Gary Swant at birdmontana1@hughes.net.

18 Helena No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Lorna at 406-443-7162 or lornajmilne@gmail OR Cedron at 406-442-1271.

19 Stevensville No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Deborah Goslin at 214-7879. .

20 Missoula No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Larry Weeks at bwsgenea@onlinemt.com or 549-5632.

21 Ninepipe NWR No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Brian Williams: 721-1467 (home) or by email at btwilliams111@hotmail.com.

22 Upper Swan Valley No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Jody at 754-4002 or jmw4002@blackfoot.net.

23 Troy No Date Set
2014-15 Contact: Don Jones at 406-295-4291, gr8gray@frontiernet.net.
24 Libby No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Pete Mickelson at alaskawildwings@msn.com, 907-253-5111.

25 Eureka No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Lewis or Lynda Young at 406-889-3492 or llyoung@interbel.net.

26 Glacier National Park No Date Set
2014-15 Contact: Lisa Bate/Jami Belt, at glac_citizen_science@nps.gov or (406)888-7986.
27 Bigfork No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Dan Casey: Home: danielcasey55@gmail.com, 406-857-3143; Cell: 406-270-5941.

28 Hamilton No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: John at 360-9530 or johnhamtana@aol.com.

29 Little Rocky Mountains

No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Fritz at 406-654-1381 or <tfprell@mtintouch.net>.

30 McNeil Slough No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Fritz at 406-654-1381 or <tfprell@mtintouch.net>.

31 Big Hole No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Kate Stone at krosestone@hotmail.com or 406-381-1115.

32 Miles City No Date Set

2014-15 Contact: Jennifer Muscha: 406-951-2799 or Jennifer.Muscha@ARS.usda.gov.

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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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