Citizen Scientists add to Our Understanding of Bird Populations and Status Across Montana

Scientific Disciplines
Biological Sciences - Terrestrial
sage grouse
Montana audubon
bird populations
citizen scientists
Volume 18, No. 1-4

Citizen scientists add to our understanding of bird 
Populations and status across montana
Amy B. Cilimburg, Montana Audubon, Helena, MT 59624
Montana Audubon, our partners, Audubon Chapter members, and bird enthusiasts across 
the state are increasingly involved in contributing time and talents to understanding bird 
populations, habitat associations, and trends.  Birders contribute sightings to eBird or Tracker, 
reporting their observations from field excursions and their backyards.  This information helps 
inform Montana Species of Concern listings and influences bird conservation and science 
priorities in the state and beyond.  Montana Audubon also encourages citizen monitoring 
projects for single species and guilds, from Black Swifts to nightjars.  We are now home to 
the Greater Sage-grouse Adopt-a-Lek program which coordinates citizen scientists to monitor 
sage-grouse on over 50 breeding leks across Montana every spring.  Finally, our Audubon 

chapters adopt and monitor Important Bird Areas across the state in order to conserve species 
of conservation concern and their habitats.  Find out more about all these volunteer efforts.