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When the nest is empty, go birding



  • Warm Springs Christmas Bird Count
    Sat, Jan 01
    Meet in the parking lot of Uncle Buck's
    Jan 01, 8:00 AM
    Meet in the parking lot of Uncle Buck's, 13808 S Frontage Rd, Warm Springs, MT 59756, USA
    Be a part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Great event for novice birders to become familiar with the greater birding community in the Deer Lodge Valley.
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site Christmas Bird Count
    Dec 21, 2021, 8:00 AM
    Deer Lodge, 266 Warren Ln, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, USA
    Be a part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Great event for novice birders to become familiar with the greater birding community in the Deer Lodge Valley.


Gary Swant was a biology and field ecology teacher for 25 years in the Upper Clark Fork River drainage before starting GoBirdMontana in 2009. The vision was guiding people who were interested in birds of Southwest Montana, and to develop a stewardship attitude for all things related to birds in our spectacular high elevation corner of Montana.

Since that beginning, we have branched out into field research sampling the density and diversity of birds as it relates to the ongoing remediation work along the Clark Fork River, in association with the cleanup from the 1908 flood. Work has been done for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Atlantic Richfield and British Petroleum, along with municipalities along the river. Highlight awards have been: Montana Audubon - Citizen Scientist Award, 2016 and Montana Wildlife Society - Wildlife Conservation Award, 2018.

Caleb Lashway, Gary's oldest grandson, has a natural affinity for all wildlife, especially birds, which began at age 2 when they went birding together. He grew up in East Africa became a proficient world birder and is now a partner in GoBirdMontana leading birding tours and conducting field research.

We especially enjoy guiding individuals and small groups along the various ecosystems of Western Montana’s lakes, streams, mountains & prairies.

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All tours are:

Six to eight hours

$150 for first person, $50 for each additional person

$0.54 per mile after the first 100 miles

Lunch provided

BYOB: Bring your own binoculars

Contact Caleb to book:

(406) 531-9821



This area is rich with mountain species such as Western Tanager, Evening Grosbeak, Great Gray Owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Pine Grosbeak. In the Fall, the reservoir attracts a variety of scoters, loons and grebes.


We have documented 217 species at this Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and it is rich in waterfowl and shorebirds as well as passerines. Species of interest in this area are Greater Scaup in the Spring, Red-Necked Grebes and Black-Crowned Night-Herons in the Summer, and a variety of shorebirds in the Fall.



The Dutchman Wetlands is one of the largest natural springs in southwest Montana. There have been 126 species identified in this area including Virginia Rail, Sora, and Long Eared Owl.


This high elevation sagebrush grassland holds several species that are unique in the state of Montana such as the Sagebrush Sparrow and Gray Flycatcher. Other birds of interest in this area are Sage Grouse, Burrowing Owl, McCowan's Longspur, and Sage Thrasher.

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This area of Montana is characterized by glacial potholes and Ponderosa Forest.  Birds of interest in this area include Black Tern, Red-necked Grebe, migrating Pacific Loons, and forest birds such as Townsend’s Warbler, and Olive-sided Flycatcher.

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