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Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative Supports Grassland Bird Research

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a partner on grassland bird research on the Montana Glaciated Plains, was awarded $60,000 for this work by the Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2010. We recently received a second year of funding, $60,000 in 2011. These funds go directly to support our Grassland Bird Conservation on […]

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Bird Monitoring Funding Support from the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership and the emerging Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership have been awarded $65,000 for implementation of bird monitoring on private and riparian lands in Bird Conservation Region 10. Funds will be used to assess bird distribution and abundance on these traditionally under-sampled lands. These data will also be used by MBCP partners […]

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Funding Award from the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture

The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture to support partner participation and meeting costs. The MBCP provides a forum for coordination within and among the Joint Ventures to support all-bird conservation under the major bird initiatives and the Northern Great Plains, Prairie Pothole, and […]

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Notes from the field

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Notes from the field

                Our warm, golden summer has lingered in to October this year.  The “field” for me this past month has been my front deck overlooking Helena’s valley.  Large flocks of Sandhill Cranes who patrolled the neighborhood all summer with their boisterous calls have abruptly left.  The Red-tailed Hawks who nested in an old cottonwood 100 […]

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Awaiting the Trumpeter’s Return

(Reprinted from Montana Outdoors July-August 2010) Over the past six years, 140 trumpeter swans have been reared and released in the Blackfoot Valley. Now the majestic birds face power lines, illegal shooting, and other dangers as they try to return home. By Nick Gevock Louie Bouma didn’t know it at the time, but his effort […]