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 Unique Fur And A Nomadic Nature Help Otters Survive In Winter

How Unique Fur And A Nomadic Nature Help Otters Survive In Winter by Beth Horn Broadcast 2.18 and 2.21.2020 Listen:   What happens to otters in winter when the lake is frozen, I wondered. Does the family stay together or disperse? Do otters have any special...

A Fisher’s Guide To Preying On Porcupines

by Kelly Matthews Broadcast 9.10 and 9.13.2019 Listen:   My dog’s nose shoots high into the air as a cool breeze moves gently through his fur. He begins to filter through the familiar scents of the forest, recognizing a particularly enticing one. With wide eyes...

What Does a Longer Fire Season Mean for Montana Forests?

What Does a Longer Season Mean for Montana Forests? by Tom Torma Broadcast on 9.1.2015 Listen:   July of 2015 was the warmest month on record in the history of our planet, 2015 is on trend to be our warmest recorded year, and in much of the American west that...

Tenacious Beauty: In Awe of Alpine Wildflowers

Text and photos by Allison De Jong It was a sunny, gorgeous Sunday in late July. My husband, two friends and I had scattered ourselves across the broad alpine meadow of Goat Flat in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, noses to the ground, peering at the myriad tiny...