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Montana Birding and Nature Trail
Discover the Nature of Montana...

Welcome to the Montana Birding and Nature Trail

NEWS! The Montana Birding and Nature Trail announces the addition of the Northeastern Plains Birding and Nature Trail to the website. Please also visit our Bitterroot and Missoula trails. When complete, the Trail will consist of driving routes that link prime birding and nature viewing locations throughout Montana’s six tourism regions.

From migrating golden eagles tracing the Rocky Mountain Front in spring to pronghorn racing the prairie winds, Montana is rich in wildlife and natural beauty. As you travel, spend time outdoors with binoculars ready. Take hikes. Float rivers. Delve into local history and culture. Stay in B&Bs, guest ranches and lodge. Drive less to see more. Remember to practice climate-friendly travel (see our tips under Going Birding).

(Hosted by the Montana Natural History Center) 

Listen to a Short Public Radio Story Featuring
Montana's Bitterroot Birding and Nature Trail

To request full-color brochures:

Bitterroot Birding and Nature Trail:
contact the Montana Natural History Center:

Northeastern Plains Birding Trail - Click Here


How to Add a New Route to the Montana Birding and Nature Trail (66 pages, author Deborah Richie Oberbillig, click for pdf).

The nation’s only “how-to” handbook  for creating birding trails offers  pertinent suggestions for communities and agencies in other states as well.


Our Sightings link gives you a chance to look up birds, mammals and insects of interest and find out where other viewers have spotted them at birding and nature trail sites. This is a new feature and the data depends on YOU logging your sightings at each of the sites you visit. So please be patient as we build and improve this feature together. And thanks for taking time to report your sightings as you explore our trails.