Here you will find everything you need to know (we hope) to run these roadside surveys, except for the maps of the routes - those are on separate pages for the Mission and Blackfoot Valleys.
ATTENTION ALL VOLUNTEERS - THERE IS A NEW DATA COLLECTION APP AVAILABLE NOW! Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks have designed a new data collection app free to all volunteers!
Download the 'how - to' guide HERE for everything you need to know to run this new program. You will need to download "Survey 123 for ArcGIS" in your app store to get started.
Surveys should be completed April 8 - May 31, 2019 (April 15 - May 15 is ideal). Mornings are best. Ideally each route will get surveyed two times, once during each of two survey windows: April 8- May 7 and May 8 - Mary 31. Routes can be run more than once by the same individual as well.
You must email Amy Seaman at email@example.com to sign up for a route. What you need to survey: Download and review the protocol HERE. Look to see what routes are available - in the Mission Valley - in the Blackfoot Valley - in the Helena Valley Download data forms for the Mission Valley HERE. Download data forms for the Blackfoot Valley HERE. Download data forms for the Helena Valley HERE. Decide on a route that has, ideally, not been surveyed (no asterisk*). Routes can be run more than once, so even if a route is taken, you can still do it! There are TWO survey windows - April 8- May7, or window 2, May 8 - May 31. We would like each route to be surveyed once during each survey window. Decide when you would like to survey - Email Amy to let her know the route, and date you are thinking of. Download a Curlew Brochure. Make sure you can identify the Curlew by sight and sound - all HERE.
We are happy to print and send you maps, protocols and data forms needed to survey. Just email Amy. We are also interested in anyone who has curlews on their property or spots one in the Mission or Blackfoot Valleys. We've created a very simple form that can be filled out and emailed or snail-mailed back. It's HERE.
You can learn more about why we are surveying and what we found in past years by reading our short reports: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
To read more about Long-billed Curlew surveys in Montana and learn about the Long-billed Curlew Initiative click HERE