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Montana Grassland Birds - Where They Go in Winter
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Some just go south. Others? It's complicated!


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Some of the most extensive grasslands on the continent remain in Northeast Montana. In winter, these lands lie under windblown snow. But in summer, the grass is verdant and grassland birds abound. Birds such as the McCown's Longspur, the Lark Bunting, and the Willet. And where do these birds go in winter? McCown's Longspurs migrate to west Texas and northern Mexico. Lark Buntings range in winter over much of northern Mexico and the adjacent US. Willets, however, seek out truly different winter habitat. They breed in prairie wetlands, but spend the cold months along Pacific coastal shorelines from Washington State south all the way through Central America!

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