Hunting Morels in Montana

By guest blogger & mycologist Tim Wheeler The first thing to know about morels is they are a component of the spring mycota here in Montana. That is, if you’re out looking for morels in the fall, you will end up with an empty basket! The best time to start...

Reflections on Being a Master Naturalist

Guest post by Master Naturalist Danielle Lattuga I was wandering around up high on Mount Jumbo this morning, admiring all the larkspur, balsamroot, prairie stars, lupine, and paintbrush in bloom. Yes! The paintbrush is in bloom already, and it literally glowed like...

Expedition: Mount Jumbo!

By Lisa Bickell The winter has been long in Missoula. And while I have loved the snow, it is a relief to see it retreating into the higher elevations. And with a break in the cold, rainy spring, it was time for an adventure. My kids have never been to the saddle of...

Insectivore Endeavors

By Thurston Elfstrom Okay – the above title is a bit ambitious.  Aside from an ant or two, popped into my 3rd-grade maw, I haven’t swallowed a bug in 40 years. That does not an insectivore make! Then again, that’s not entirely true either, because all humans eat bugs...

Homeschool on Fire

By Bailey Zook, Teaching Naturalist This year I have had the fantastic pleasure of working alongside Stephanie Laporte Potts, MNHC’s Youth Programs Coordinator, as we led the 2016-2017 homeschool group through various naturalist topics. A naturalist can most easily be...