Southwest Montana abounds with birdlife: raptors, songbirds, waterfowl, you name it. From watching to hunting, this page has definitely gone to the birds. For more great info, check out the MontanaFish, Wildlife & Parks Bird Guide.

Great Grey Owl, Yellowstone Wildlife, Montana Wildlife
Lee, Barbara
The red fox & great grey owl.
Northern Goshawk, Montana Raptors
Cronenwett, David
A chance encounter with the northern goshawk.
Osprey Baling Twine, Yellowstone Valley Audubon
Hopper, Carolyn
Ospreys and baling twine.
Sandhill Cranes, Seasonal mating patterns, birds of southwest MT
Sinay, Ken
If seasons inspire emotion, then spring is the season of love. Read more >>
Bald eagles, Golden eagles, Montana conservation, Outside Bozeman
Baril, Lisa
Renowned wildlife biologist Al Harmata.
Spring migration, birding in Montana, Outside Bozeman
Lea Brayton
Bird migration in southwest Montana. 
Great Grey Owl, Montana Raptors,
Lee, Barbara
Montana's wisest bird of prey.
Hester, Charley
The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we saw an eagle, and then another, talons outstretched and beaks open. Read more >>
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hunting, huns, Bozeman
Dave Carty
I’d just finished filling the tank in my pickup when I heard the unmistakable chirp of a Hungarian partridge, technically known as the gray partridge. It sounded like the rusty squeak of a gate hinge. Read more >>
Chinese ring-necked pheasant, pheasant, rooster, bozeman
Mark Downey
Chinese ring-necked pheasants are the Cadillacs of Montana’s game birds, and hunting them can be an extraordinary experience. Read more >>
grouse, blue grouse, hunting, Bozeman
Tom Reed
For the elk hunter, the lust for autumn is singular, an inner nagging, a fretting about Read more >>
Steve Hoffman, HawkWatch International, Merlin Birding Tours
Drew Hulse
Q&A with raptor researcher Steve Hoffman. 
Missouri Headwaters State Park, Three Forks, Trident-Peregrine
Vickie Backus
Fans of the Missouri Headwaters State Park have more reason than ever to celebrate: there’s a new riverside trail at the par Read more >>
Birds of Montana, Montana Audubon, Montana Birding
Brayton, Lea
If you find yourself searching for a comprehensive guide to local birds, there’s no doubt Birds of Montana Read more >>
Bridger Raptor Fest, Bridger Raptor Migration
Hoffman, Steve
Raptor migration along the Bridger ridge.
Sage Grouse
Randall, Brianna
Conserving Montana's largest game bird.
raptors, outside bozeman, conservation, education birds,
Brayton, Lea
The Raptor Center reaches out. 
Raptors, birds of spring, birding in Montana, Outside Bozeman
Brayton, Lea
Digging the birds in our big sky? Check out these opportunities to spot more birds around the Bozone this spring. Read more >>
Sinay, Ken
A few years ago I was guiding a family in Yellowstone National Park and, as usual, we were focused on bears. But while having a picnic under a big Douglas fir, we were all startled to see a red-tailed hawk drop down into the sagebrush about 15 yards away. Read more >>
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