The Board of Regents of The University of Montana approved the establishment of the Avian Science Center in the spring of 2004. Our mission is to promote ecological awareness and informed decision making through the collection, synthesis, and dissemination of science-based information on western birds. We work in collaboration with numerous partners both within the University and around the region.
In support of our mission, we:
- Promote and conduct high caliber, basic and applied avian research;
- Disseminate research and monitoring results through traditional publication routes as well as through avenues that are more rapid and effective—a web-based interface, workshops, field demonstrations, and teacher training programs;
- Provide and enhance educational opportunities related to bird research and monitoring;
- Use our teaching and communication tools to promote informed land management, wise land stewardship practices, and a sustainable future.
If you would like a copy of our 2006 publication “Taking Flight”, which summarizes the kinds of programs we are involved in, please email Kristina Smucker.
Collaboration is an important part of the work we do at the Avian Science Center. We work closely with, and are supported by, a number of agencies, private entities, and researchers at UM and at other institutions. Our funding and in-kind support comes from the Big Hole Watershed Committee, Bureau of Land Management, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Joint Fire Science Program, MT Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Department of Justice, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, National Park Service, Potlatch Corporation , Plum Creek Timber Company, PPL-Montana, Sonoran Joint Venture, The Nature Conservancy, UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.