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Bird Watching

Birding in Montana

If you like "birding," you'll love Montana. Here are just a few of Montana's superlative attractions:
  • We have the largest population of Trumpeter Swans in the lower 48 states. (Red Rocks Lake National Wildlife Refuge)

  • Montana claims the spot where more Golden Eagles have been seen in a single day than anywhere else in the country.(Rocky Mountain Front)

  • At the Kootenai River it is possible to see up to 175 bald eagles on a single fall day

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Montana's Birding Trails
  • Birding Trails in Central Montana
    Birding trails in Central Montana offer great opportunities to observe mountain bluebirds, Lazuli bunting, Baltimore and Bullock's orioles, as well as a great variety of raptors and water fowl. Be sure not to miss the snowgoose migration event at Freezout Lake.

  • Southwest Montana Birding Trail
    Come explore the wide variety of birds along Montana’s Southwest Montana Birding Trails. Experience birding the continental divide where waters flow east to the Missouri River as well as west to the Columbia.

  • Montana's Northeastern Birding Trail
    Highly accessible birding locations in this northeastern portion of Montana. Species includes eagles, pelicans, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and orioles, just to name a few.

  • Montana Birding and Nature Trail
    These Western Montana trails offer great wildlife and bird watching, including woodpeckers, Blue Herons, flycatchers and much more: Missoula Valley Birding and Nature Trail and Bitterroot Trail.

  • West Yellowstone, Montana Birding Trail
    Take in the awesome scenery and natural diversity of the West Yellowstone area and the Hebgen Lake Basin. Sitting between 6,000 and 7,000 feet elevation, the area provides a stunning array of habitats for birding and watching many other forms of wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, and bison.