Accounts for each of the 433 species of birds documented in Montana between statehood in 1889 and January 1, 2016.
Birds of Montana is the first comprehensive reference on the state's birds since Saunders published A Distributional List of the Birds of Montana in 1921, and it is the only work that provides a thorough review of the status, distribution, relative abundance, ecology, and conservation of the 433 bird species that have been found in the state since Montana entered the Union in 1889.
Introductory chapters describe Montana's geography, topography, and habitat types; thoroughly review the vast historical literature on the state's birds beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark; and summarize conservation issues and actions that will affect the health of bird populations for decades to come. Detailed species accounts provide a range map for selected species and summarize information under the subheadings Status and Occurrence, Habitat, Conservation, Historical Notes, Contemporary Work, and Banded Birds.
A modern account of the status, biology, and conservation of Montana's birds is long overdue. Birds of Montana fills that need and will be a valuable reference that will increase the public's knowledge of the state's birds, enhance awareness of conservation issues affecting birds and their habitats, and establish a benchmark against which changes in Montana's bird populations can be measured in the future.
155 color range maps, 73 original illustrations of individual species, and 16 full-color habitat photos.
Praise for Birds of Montana
"Among its fifty mountain ranges, brawling rivers, deep lakes and lush prairies, Montana holds some of the most spectacular birdlife on the continent—and now, it finally has a stellar ornithological review to match its peerless avifauna. Birds of Montana is a work of breadth and depth, covering more than 400 species and offering the first detailed account of the state's ornithological and bird conservation history. Long overdue, it is a gem for anyone who birds (or dreams of birding) the Big Sky Country." -Scott Weidensaul, author of Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean and other books
"This remarkably detailed account of the current and historical distribution and abundance of Montana’s birds will have wide appeal to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and agency biologists. At a time of rapid changes in climate and vegetation, this book will serve as a benchmark to measure the effects on those changes on birds. I highly recommend it." - Charles Trost, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University
"This book is fresh. It makes me feel as if I’m learning about the birds of Montana for the first time. The text is peppered with an abundance of new material and includes information on the history of Montana ornithology and relevant status, habitat, and conservation notes for each species. Birds of Montana will prove to be an indispensable resource for birdwatchers, agency professionals, and academics alike." - Richard Hutto, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, University of Montana
"This beautifully detailed and crisply informative book is a must-have for anyone who cares about the birdlife of Montana, which itself is a must-visit state for every American student or lover of birds." - Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom