The Field Guide help is divided into sections.
Overview covers the background and history of this guide.
How to Use the Guide covers navigation and search topics. The last two topics
[Guide Contents, Additional Media] highlight the information sections of the
Detailed Species page.
The Heritage Program zoologists, working in partnership with Montana Fish,
Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) recently completed a major upgrade to the on-line
Animal Field Guide, a joint project of the two programs. This encyclopedic
website combines information from the Heritage Program databases and MFWP to
provide extensive, detailed profiles of nearly 650 species of vertebrate
animals in Montana, including fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
The Field Guide offers a broad range of information, including species
description and recognition, range, habitat, reproduction, food habits, ecology
and management, and references. Photos, Montana range maps, and in some cases
sounds, are also provided. Users can view lists of species by animal group or
search by name.
The Animal Field Guide was designed to be easy to use and to explore. We encourage
you to take some time to look around the site and see all of the wonderful animals
that call Montana home.
Navigation of the Online Field Guide can be accomplished by either using the back
and forward buttons on your browser or by the hotlinked navigation
pathway found under the photo banner. Either method will allow movement back
and forward to previously observed pages.
Below are brief descriptions of the topics found in the Animal Field Guide. If a
heading is missing from the page you are viewing, it means there is no information
available for that topic.
Included with each species account is an additional media section where other
resources pertaining to the species is available for view or download. Types
of media include maps of the species range in Montana, photographs,
illustrations, as well as some sound files of calls and songs.
"Right click and save" to download an offline version of our field guide.