The warm and sunny days of Spring bring us the familiar “cur-leeee” of the Long-Billed Curlew, an icon of America’s prairies. The Long-Billed Curlew depends on Montana’s grasslands for breeding, and continues to decline across its range due to loss of this habitat to development of agriculture and infrastructure. With this decline, more research is needed to assess the health and conservation needs of the population. Montana Audubon needs your help surveying curlews in three locations: Mission Valley, Helena Valley, and Blackfoot Valley. Two survey windows will be available for citizen scientists to participate in this unique effort: April 8th – May 7th, and May 8th – May 31st

Interested in participating? Email Gwynne at and visit our citizen science website for more information!