Organizations We Work With


The mission of the Avian Science Center is to promote ecological awareness and informed decision making through the collection, synthesis, and dissemination of science-based information on western birds.

Five Valleys Land Trust

Five Valleys Land Trust’s mission is to protect for future generations western Montana’s natural legacy – our river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands, and community open spaces. 
The Five Valleys we serve are the Bitterroot, the Blackfoot, the upper Clark Fork, the lower Clark Fork, and the Mission-Jocko. 
We believe that the character of these valleys, and the thriving communities in them, is rooted in the clean rivers, open lands, and abundant wildlife that surround them. We work with communities, private landowners, governments, and other partners to protect these natural treasures for the benefit of this and future generations.

MPG Ranch

MPG Ranch is working to create better habitat for the wildlife and the plant life that thrive on these lands for future generations.
Woven into the very fabric of the Bitterroot Valley, the MPG Ranch (MPG) is a historic ranch that encompasses nearly 15,000 acres. A conservation property, MPG strives to promote conservation through restoration, research, education, and information sharing. MPG Ranch collaborates and works closely with local conservation groups and researchers to provide educational opportunities to students of all ages.
Located south of Missoula, Montana, and set up as a biological research station, MPG is a living laboratory with hopes to restore the landscape to be as native-species rich and bio-diverse as possible.


The Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) contributes to knowledge of avian ecology through a combination of original research, long-term and ecological effects monitoring, education, and community engagement. 
Their committed and passionate scientists actively seek out and use the best available protocols, field techniques and data analysis methods to assess ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.


Lee Metcalf NWR

Located along the meandering Bitterroot River and surrounded by majestic towering mountains, the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular viewing opportunities of the landscape and wildlife. The Refuge’s location in the scenic and historic Bitterroot Valley of western Montana provides a haven for wildlife.
The Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitat for migratory birds. The name of the Refuge honors the late U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf, who was a local high school graduate and had a lifelong commitment to conservation.
The mission of the Refuge is to manage habitat for a diversity of wildlife species with emphasis on migratory birds and endangered and threatened species, and to provide compatible human benefits associated with Refuge wildlife and wildlands.

Montana Native Plant Society

THE GOALS of the Montana Native Plant Society are to preserve, conserve, and study the native plants and plant communities of Montana, and to educate the public about the values of our native flora.


Bitterroot Audubon

The Bitterroot Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society located in Hamilton, Montana. They support Audubon’s mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and earth’s biological diversity.

Montana Audubon

The Mission of Montana Audubon is to promote appreciation, knowledge, and conservation of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon has built effective programs in public policy, education, and bird conservation to serve its members and Montana’s nine community-based Audubon Chapters.

Montana Natural History Center

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 by a group of educators who had the vision to create a natural history center as a resource for schools and the public.

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