The Fox and the Nighthawk: A Cautionary Tale About Curiosity

The Greed of Exploration by Ellen Knight Broadcast 5.1 & 5.6.2016 and 6.23 & 6.26.2020   Listen:   This is a Field Note about greed. My greed. Recently the dogs and I were out joyfully stretching our legs on a sunny, blue-sky late winter day. The...

You May Be Tough, But You’re Not Tardigrade-Tough

Tardigrades by Michael K. Schwartz Broadcast 6.9 & 6.12.2020   Listen:   It’s early summer time in the Northern Rockies, a time for some bears to go into a hibernation-like state. Yes, you heard that right: bears that hibernate in the summer. What kind...

Why Do Red Crossbills Have Scissor-Like Bills?

Crossbill Evolution by Michael K. Schwartz Broadcast 6.2 & 6.5.2020   Listen:   As winter faded into spring and the last remnants of snow remained in shadowy patches atop higher peaks, I wandered into the Rattlesnake Wilderness, outside of Missoula,...

How Do Montana’s Moose Measure Up?

Moose Size by Danielle Lattuga Broadcast 6.4 & 6.9.2017 and 5.26 & 5.29.2020 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...