The Art of Winter Tracking

by Christine Wren, Teaching Naturalist Recently, I spent a memorable day tracking at MPG Ranch, southeast of Lolo in the Sapphire Mountains. We were a group of seven, five of us the lucky raffle chosen winners, and two knowledgeable folks at MPG who both work as part...

Anchor Ice

by Heather McKee, Wings Over Water Program Assistant As part of National Geographic’s announcement of the Year of the Bird this year – a centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 – I co-led a morning bird walk at the Ranch at Rock...

Pairing Wine with Pine Needles

By Christine Morris While hunting last fall, I spent several hours waiting for a deer in the rain…and I began to get bored. So I nibbled the needle of the Douglas-fir tree next to me. The taste was strong but pleasant, citrusy, and emotive. Its flavor was reminiscent...

Owly Neighbors

by Thurston Elfstrom Since moving back to Missoula in 2008, my wife and I have enjoyed fairly regular sightings of Great Horned Owls in and around our neighborhood. Up until this point, my experiences with Great Horned Owls tended to be more auditory—infrequently...