Sponges: These Aquatic Oddities Are At Home In Montana

Sponges: These Aquatic Oddities Are At Home In Montana By Joshua Goldberg Broadcast 6.2009, 9.8.2015, 1.7 & 1.10.2020 Listen:   If you have a shower or sink, you probably have a sponge. We manufacture most of our cleaning sponges nowadays, but some sponges...

Lichens: Nature’s Weather Instruments

Lichens: Nature’s Weather Instruments by Erica Soon Olsen Broadcast 10.1 & 10.4.2019 Listen:   While walking on the Kim Williams trail just outside of Missoula, I found myself noticing the abundant growth of lichens on the cliffs beside the trail. The...

Freshwater Diatoms: Small, Slimy, Stream Quality Monitors

by Taylor Wilcox Broadcast 7.18 and 7.20.2010, 7.26 and 7.31.2015, 9.1.2019 Listen:   The bottom of this shallow stream is covered with a complex community of algae, comprising many different species. Probably most abundant of all are the diatoms, many of which...

Exploring the Landscape of Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen by Erin Ebersberger Broadcast 7.1 & 7.6.2018   Listen:   Lying on my stomach on the fringes of the forest, my view is perfect of a colony of tiny lichens. They are perched on top of a rock outcrop, beyond which lies a majestic view...