Public invited to participate in documenting and learning about Glacier’s alpine bird species

West Glacier, MT.  – To celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and the array of birds in Glacier's alpine areas, the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) will host its first Alpine Bird BioBlitz. Participants will work alongside expert birders to document and learn about twelve of Glacier’s alpine bird species.

An adult Rosy Finch rests on a patch of snow in Glacier National Park. (NPS Photo)

The Alpine Bird BioBlitz will be held on Friday, July 27 at designated locations within the park. The event begins at 6:30 a.m. for most hiking destinations. Event end times will be variable with some hikes lasting into the late afternoon or early evening.

This a free event and is open to the public. Participants should be able to hike moderate to strenuous trails and have some prior birding experience. Registration is required, and available ONLINE. Contact CCRLC at (406)-888-7986 or email glac_citizen_science@nps.gov for more information.

The Year of the Bird is a year-long celebration of birds and marks the significance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, signed in 1918. Organizations like the National Park Service have joined with the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, Bird Life International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to celebrate birds and encourage actions to protect birds and their habitats.

Visit the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center events page for more information on other learning opportunities offered this summer.