by Amy Seaman, MT Audubon Director of Policy & Science

Each year right around “Winter Wednesday”, or the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, we notice the days getting a little longer, and the chickadees getting a little more vocal. It also means we get excited for the return of our spring and summer citizen science projects and our summer contingency of birds. Long-billed Curlews return in early April each year, and their arrival triggers the start to our citizen science survey seasons.

Because curlews stay in the state for just about four months each year, we target their surveys for April and May when they are arriving from migration and setting up nesting territories.

The current Long-Billed Curlew Citizen Science survey concludes on May 7, but you can get involved in the next survey which begins May 8 through May 31. If you are interested in more information, contact Cassidy Dinkel ( or Peter Dudley at ( With dozens of survey routes to choose from, we hope you will continue to join the project in 2023!