CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge - East Side and Fort Peck Area

Glasgow, Montana

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Fort Peck is an excellent place to watch birds, especially from late April through May, and from November through early January. Habitats vary from the wide open water of Fort Peck Reservoir and its immense shoreline, to the flowing waters of the massive Missouri River and its associated riparian vegetation. Nearby, the manicured parks and lawns of the town of Fort Peck give way to badlands—locally called “breaks”—to the east and south, and cultivated fields to the north and west. Fort Peck Dam is not only the largest dam in Montana, but is the largest hydraulic-filled, earth-filled dam in the world. Large numbers of dinosaur remains, fossils, and bison skulls have been recovered in the vicinity of Fort Peck. First-time visitors to Fort Peck will notice two striking qualities of the place: how well-organized it is, and the abundance of trees, shrubs, and water, which together act as a magnet for both humans and birdlife. 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)

Fort Peck is an excellent place to watch birds, especially from late April through May, and from November through early January. Habitats vary from the wide open water of Fort Peck Reservoir and its immense shoreline, to the flowing waters of the massive Missouri River and its associated riparian vegetation. Nearby, the manicured parks and lawns of the town of Fort Peck give way to badlands—locally called “breaks”—to the east and south, and cultivated fields to the north and west.

Fort Peck Dam is not only the largest dam in Montana, but is the largest hydraulic-filled, earth-filled dam in the world. Large numbers of dinosaur remains, fossils, and bison skulls have been recovered in the vicinity of Fort Peck. First-time visitors to Fort Peck will notice two striking qualities of the place: how well-organized it is, and the abundance of trees, shrubs, and water, which together act as a magnet for both humans and birdlife. 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: Glasgow
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 to 3 days
Best Times: Best spring, late fall to early winter; April, May, November, December, January
Local Contacts: US Army Corps of Engineers
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge - East Side & Fort Peck Area

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