Citizen Science Monitoring

Citizen Scientists provide invaluable information on Montana’s birds, wildlife and natural resources. Data collected by Citizen Scientists is used for everything from species models to the State of the Birds reports.

Get involved now by contributing your bird observations:

Submit Observations >>

Adopt a QQLL >>

All of your observations are valuable, however in 2011, we are specifically focusing on:

  • Nightjar surveys as part of the National Nightjar Network
  • Black Swift surveys
  • Golden eagle nest observations
  • Flammulated owl monitoring
  • Montana Bird Distribution project

Breeding Bird Survey

The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent.! Learn more >>

Christmas Bird Count

Participate in over 30 counts in Montana! Learn more >>


This real-time, online checklist program is a collaboration between Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon. It’s an easy way to submit your bird checklists and is now one of the largest biodiversity data resources out there! Learn more >>

Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Learn more >>

This projects are supported by:

  • Montana Audubon
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • National Nightjar Network
  • National Audubon Society
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Canadian Wildlife Service

For more information on Citizen Science activities, visit Montana Audubon.

Read “Essential Eyes & Ears” in Montana Outdoors magazine