The Breeding Bird Surveys (BBS) established in 1966 now provides some of the best long term data of bird population trends and distribution in North America. More than 4,400 BBS routes have been established in the U.S. and Canada. The survey of the BBS routes is dependent on volunteer birders to conduct the surveys. Observers conduct three minute point counts every half mile on a 25 mile long route established on existing roads. The survey for each route is conducted once each breeding season, most typically during June. Volunteer observers must be able to readily identify birds typically found within the habitat of a BBS route by sight and song/call. Observers who can survey a route for several consecutive years increase the statistical quality of the survey.
Information on the BBS including location and species lists for vacant routes can be found at: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm
Montana has 65 Breeding Bird Survey routes and observers are needed to fill currently vacant routes.
Routes needing an observer:
Route 53010: Glasgow, NE MT
Route 53011: Oswego, NE MT
Route 53021: Brusett, NE MT
Route 53022: Jordan, NE MT
Route 53045: Albion, SE MT
Route53101: Noxon, NW MT
You are encouraged to become part of the largest bird survey effort in N.A. and provide a valuable contribution to bird conservation.
For information and to apply for an open route, please contact:
MT BBS Coordinator