Bitterroot Audubon Bitterroot River Important Bird Area

Bitterroot Audubon is working with Montana Audubon to promote and develop the Important Bird Area (IBA) program in our region. For more background on the IBA program in Montana and in other places, please visit Montana Audubon's website.

Bitterroot River Important Bird Area

Bitterroot Audubon adopted the Bitterroot River Important Bird Area in 2008. This IBA encompasses the 500-year floodplain around a 50 km stretch of the Bitterroot River from Woodside (just north of Hamilton) to just south of Lolo. The Bitterroot River IBA also includes the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

More than 240 bird species were found in the initial surveys of the Bitterroot River IBA, with at least 115 species breeding. The numbers of Lewis’s Woodpeckers (42 pairs in 2006) and Red-naped Sapsuckers (47 pairs in 2006) exceeded the respective thresholds for an IBA of continental significance. Surveyors found other species of conservation concern, including the Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Wilson’s Phalarope, Short-eared Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Great Blue Heron and Red-eyed Vireo.

We always welcome observations of birds within the IBA. To share your observations, either submit them to eBird or use the datasheet we provide.

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29 May 2017
06:00AM - 03:00PM
Big Hole Birding Trip
02 Jun 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Sparrow Identification Workshop
03 Jun 2017
08:00AM - 11:00PM
Sparrow Identification Workshop
09 Jun 2017
12:00AM
Wings Across the Big Sky Montana Bird Festival
09 Jun 2017
12:00AM
Wings Across the Big Sky Montana Bird Festival
09 Jun 2017
12:00AM
Wings Across the Big Sky Montana Bird Festival
16 Jun 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Birding by ear workshop
17 Jun 2017
07:00AM - 09:30AM
Birding by ear workshop
17 Jun 2017
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Beginner Bird Walk at Lee Metcalf NWR
19 Jun 2017
07:00AM - 09:30PM
Birding by ear workshop
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