Herons On The Horizon!

With our successful launch of the Long-Billed Curlew surveys, we have another opportunity for passionate birders, conservationists, and interested citizens to get involved in bird conservation. Data from the Breeding Bird Survey indicated that populations of Great Blue Heron have declined every year from 1966 to 2015. Herons can nest in colonies, or rookeries, along major waterways throughout Montana. Several factors may be affecting the iconic bird’s population decline, including the loss of riparian cottonwood stands, increased urban sprawl and human disturbance, or changing conditions of the waterway. As conditions change, it is not uncommon for herons to abandon their nests and establish elsewhere. As a result, they may move to more remote and undisturbed areas making population monitoring difficult. To better track these populations, Montana Audubon has partnered with the Montana Natural Heritage Program to improve and support greater statewide inventory and Monitoring. The Great Blue Heron Survey will take place from May 1st - June 15th, with an online training on May 2nd at 7pm. For more information please email Peter Dudley at peter@mtaudubon.org for more information.