By Amy Seaman, Director of Policy & Science
Are you ready to hear the ‘currlleeee’ of the Long-billed Curlew? Well, grab your binoculars and get ready, because curlew season is just around the corner! These charismatic shorebirds will be trickling back into the state in early April, and we need your help finding as many as possible in and around the Mission, Blackfoot, and Helena Valleys! Since 2013, volunteers have recorded curlew sightings in these three Montana valleys and this data helps inform statewide habitat models as well as highlight important tracts of intact grassland that are in need of conservation. We are hoping to revamp our efforts on this project, so please share this opportunity with anyone you think will be interested! As a species-specific survey, this is a great time for aspiring citizen scientists and veteran birders alike to contribute to the conservation of a treasured Montana bird species.
The Long-Billed Curlew Citizen Science survey will take place from April 8th – May 7th and from May 8th – May 31st.
Please email Peter Dudley at gro.nobuduatmnull@retep for more information and to sign up!