Helena and Vicinity

Helena, Montana

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In and near the city of Helena there are three primary places to watch birds. Helena (pronounced HEL-en-uh) is the capital of Montana. The town sprang up in 1864 when gold was discovered in Last Chance Gulch. Like other big towns in Montana, the birding in Helena is quite good. Three things are obvious when birding Helena: (1) the area is surrounded by mountains and broad vistas; (2) it does not take long to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city; and (3) there is good access to large bodies of water. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
Birding Montana

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Birding Montana

by Terry McEneaney (Falcon Guides)

In and near the city of Helena there are three primary places to watch birds. Helena (pronounced HEL-en-uh) is the capital of Montana. The town sprang up in 1864 when gold was discovered in Last Chance Gulch. Like other big towns in Montana, the birding in Helena is quite good.

Three things are obvious when birding Helena: (1) the area is surrounded by mountains and broad vistas; (2) it does not take long to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city; and (3) there is good access to large bodies of water. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.

©  Terry McEneaney/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Helena
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Best Times: Best spring; May, June
Local Contacts: Mount Helena City Park; Canyon Ferry Wildlife Management Area; Bureau of Reclamation; Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Helena and Vicinity

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