Dear Friends,

We are on the homestretch towards spring now. You can almost feel it in the air. The birds are getting more active and there are longer periods of thaw between snowstorms.
This eNews brings you several opportunities to make the most out of these warmer days. The Great Backyard Bird Count begins this month and there's still time to participate in the Climate Watch surveys. Looking ahead, we have the Curlew Citizen Science Survey beginning in April as well as our Wings Across the Bird Sky Festival occurring in June. We may have more snow to contend with before true spring arrives, but Montana Audubon is giving you something to look forward to!

Yours in Conservation,
Montana Audubon Staff
Save the Date! Wings Across the Big Sky Festival Dates Announced!
Montana Audubon's annual event, Wings Across the Big Sky, will take place in Lewistown on June 3rd-5th. Keep your eyes and ears open for registration dates!
Climate Watch Surveys are Around the Corner!
2022 Long-Billed Curlew Citizen Science Survey

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 less than two months and we need your help finding as many as possible in and around the Mission, Blackfoot, and Helena Valleys!

Since 2013, volunteers have recorded curlews 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 8 - May 7 and May 8 - May 31. 

Please email Peter Dudley at for more information and to sign up!
Montana Audubon is hiring a Center Director in Billings and an Administrative and Development Coordinator in Helena! Join our Flock!
Administrative and Development Coordinator: Are you a go-getter? Viciously organized with a knack for the nonprofit sector? This position might interest you. The Administrative & Development Coordinator is a permanent, professional staff position whose primary responsibility is to assist the Executive Director in overseeing the administrative, personnel and business operations of the organization. Specifically, the position will provide support to the Executive Director on administration, human resources, and other operational issues to ensure effective
management in compliance with established standards and accepted business practices. The position
will also assist the Executive Director in donor cultivation and solicitation, grant research, writing, and
reporting, overseeing annual fund activities such as appeal letters, email solicitations, and the monthly giving program.

Learn more about these positions on our website: Jobs and Opportunities.

Center Director: Love children? Passionate about conservation and education? The Montana Audubon Center Director (Center Director) is a professional staff position based in Billings, Montana. The Center Director is responsible for the administrative, facility, personnel, and operational needs of the Center, which operates as a program hub within the education division of Montana Audubon. The Center Director is also Montana Audubon’s key liaison to the local community – working with public and private partners to implement and grow a sustainable, high performing community-based education program.
2022 Great Backyard Bird Count runs February 18th-21st
Each February, for four days, people around the world count the birds in their backyards and other places and report them. It’s a fun and easy way to participate in citizen science! This year's Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 18-21, 2022.

"The Great Backyard Bird Count uses eBird, one of the world’s largest nature databases. It stores more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year and is used by professionals for science and conservation. Contribute to eBird and become a citizen scientist."

Click HERE to learn more!
See our Montana Audubon Center February eNews HERE!
Help secure the future of Montana’s birds at risk from climate change, habitat loss, and other threats. A monthly donation ensures Montana Audubon can protect birds and wildlife well into the future. Make your $20 commitment now!
Montana Audubon