The Bitterroot Valley is close to many fantastic places to bird. We host a wide range of habitat types, including cottonwood bottomlands, ponderosa pine forest, grasslands, sagebrush, as well as subalpine and alpine habitats. Here are a couple of links to help you plan your birding trip to the Bitterroot.
Montana Birding and Nature Trail
The Montana Birding and Nature Trail website details many of the places in the Bitterroot that offer unparalleled birding opportunities. Use the link below to find detailed information, including species' lists and maps.
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is one of the first places a Bitterroot Birder will suggest you visit. The Bitterroot River and associated bottomland forest, as well as a series of man-made ponds, offer a wide-variety of birding opportunities. The Refuge is an especially great place to view waterfowl of all kinds. The Refuge also hosts a number of educational events and has an outstanding Visitor's Center. Please visit their website for additional information.
We also encourage our members to take advantage of the search features in eBird to find new places in the Bitterroot to bird. From the eBird website, go to Explore Data, then Explore a Region. If you enter "Ravalli" for Ravalli County, you will find information on the abundance and seasonanity of individual species, recent checklists, and links to area birding Hotspots.