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Yellowstone Bird Reports

A female mountain blue bird perches on a tree limb.

Female Mountain Bluebird


The Yellowstone National Park bird program compiles an annual report summarizing the monitoring program's analysis of a small portion of raptures, wetland birds, and passerines found in Yellowstone. This helps inform park staff of potential shifts in ecosystem function (e.g., climate change effects) to Yellowstone's bird community and may guide future conservation of the parks birds and habitats. If you are interested in birds and want to learn more about the status of birds and the bird management program in Yellowstone, the annual bird reports below are the place to go for more information.

2013 Bird Monitoring Report (7.2 MB PDF)

2012 Yellowstone Bird Program Annual Report - (1.5 MB PDF)

2011 Yellowstone Bird Program Annual Report - (3.34 MB PDF)

2010 Bird Report - (2.5 MB PDF)

2009 Bird Report - (1.4 MB PDF)

2008 Bird Report (2 MB PDF)

2007 Bird Report not available

2006 Bird Report - (613 KB PDF)

2005 Bird Report - (678 KB PDF)

2004 Bird Report - (572 KB PDF)

2003 Bird Report - (250 KB PDF)

2002 Bird Report - (1.2MB PDF)

2001 Bird Report - (551 KB PDF)

2000 Bird Report - (366 KB PDF)

1999 Bird Report - (1.4MB PDF)

These links are to publications in PDF format. PDFs can be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free online).

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.