Sagebrush: Icon of the West

Big Sagebrush by Terry Ryan Broadcast 12.13.2015 Listen:   Break off a sprig of big sagebrush and inhale its aroma: the fragrance is clean, sharp and as cool as the smell of winter. Call it camphor blended with a touch of Christmas. Crush a few leaves between...

Fishing with the King: Belted Kingfishers

Belted Kingfishers by Jason Brininstool Broadcast 8.16.2015 Listen:   While recently visiting the Rock Creek area to simply go fishing I became distracted as I cast my red skwala into the clear, frigid stream. I was not distracted by the surrounding beauty of...

How Do Montana’s Moose Measure Up?

Moose Size by Danielle Lattuga Broadcast 6.4 and 6.9.2017 Listen:   On a sunny June day, I was standing among a group of budding naturalists, sketching the bark of a cottonwood tree. Suddenly, I heard a series of quiet gasps and more than a few titters ripple...

Ceanothus: Life from the Kiss of Fire

Ceanothus by Mike Hillis Broadcast 5.28 and 6.2.2017 Listen:   Thirty-plus years ago when I was studying wildlife management at Oregon State University, we learned that Ceanothus was a highly preferred forage plant for deer and elk during the winter. I knew that...

Why Would a Bumblebee Ignore a Hillside of Flowers?

Bumblebee Queens by Sara Mintz Broadcast 5.21 and 5.26.2017 Listen:   Recently, I was walking on Mount Jumbo, an open, dry, grassy slope, admiring the arrowleaf balsamroot flowers. It was grey shading to dreary, but the yellow flowers were cheerful and sunny,...