Birding for beginners
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 29, 2017

Do you admire birds and want to learn more about the avian species of southwest Montana? Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park will host an interpretive program called Birding for Beginners on Saturday, July 1st.


“We want to get people excited about birds, why birds are important, and show them the diversity of birds in our park,” Park Ranger Derrick Rathe said.


Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is home to approximately 110 species of birds. Some birds live in the park year round, while others only stay for a while. Every species is specially adapted to play an important role in the ecosystem.


The program with focus on getting people comfortable with identifying birds. It will involve approximately two miles of hiking on the park’s trail system. People should bring water, binoculars, and good shoes. Camera usage is also encouraged.


For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 287-3541.


What: Ranger Hike: Birding for Beginners


When: July 1, 8 a.m.


Where: Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, 25 Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd, Whitehall, MT


From the exit 274 on I-90 we are 13 miles south on Highway 287 and 5 miles west on MT 2.

From the Cardwell exit 256 on I-90 we are 7 miles east along MT 2.

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park features one of the largest known limestone caverns in the Northwest filled with spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helictites. The park also features camping, trails to hike or bike, a state-of-the-art visitor center, interpretive displays, a gift shop, food and beverage concessions, amphitheater, and interpretive events presented during the summer months.

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Derrick Rathe

Park Ranger,

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

(406) 287-3541