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Great Backyard Bird Count at the National Bison Range

Saturday, February 18, 2017Group of birdwatchers with USFWS employee, looking at birds in forest of leafless deciduous trees.  Photo by LaVonda Walton, USFWS

Show your Love for Birds and Bird Watching. You are invited to join the National Bison Range for a Great Backyard Bird Count with volunteer Pat Jamieson on Saturday, February 18, 2017 anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to count birds along the Nature Trail.

We will stroll along the Nature Trail, counting birds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop in for the whole count or stop by anytime for as long as you like. Besides counting birds, we’ll discuss how to use binoculars, how to navigate field guides, bird family identification tips and anything else that will inspire participants to continue bird watching. We’ll also discuss how you can spend the rest of the weekend conducting your own Great Backyard Bird Count in an area of your choice.

Also, take some extra time to drive along the Winter Drive and look for wildlife.  The Bison Range is open free of charge during the winter season.  For details, check out the Operating Hours.

The Nature Trail parking area is located about ½ mile straight in from the Bison Range entrance (Highway 212 at Moiese). The trail travels around the Nature Pond and along Mission Creek. It is level and about 1 mile in length. Parts are paved but some may be muddy and rocky. Wear appropriate clothing for the changeable Montana weather as well as sturdy shoes. Bring water and snacks/lunch as needed.  Binoculars are recommended. Also brings your favorite field guide, although we’ll have some field guides on hand to borrow, which will allow you to try out different ones.

Click to the link for the promotional poster.  For more information, email

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited. It is held over the President’s Day Weekend (February 17-20, 2017). This is a free, fun event held in February each year. Anyone of any age or skill level can participate by counting birds and entering their tallies online. All you do is count birds at your favorite location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days during the count weekend. You can even go to different locations as long as you enter those numbers as separate counts.  To find out more about the count, to enter your own counts, and to explore past results, click the link to the Great Backyard Bird Count website.


Last Updated: Nov 14, 2016
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