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...

Lazuli Buntings: Deep-Blue Jewels Of Montana’s Skies

Lazuli Buntings by Ron Scholl Broadcast 5.19 & 5.22.2020   Listen:   There are poems on the wing upon the mountainsides – fraught with beauty and peril.  A female bunting with grass in her mouth is one such poem. In May, lazuli buntings return to the...

Killdeer, Masters Of Distraction, Hide Their Nests In Plain Sight

Killdeer by Karen Pogachar Broadcast 4.28 & 5.1.2020 Listen:   While glancing out my window the other day, I noticed a killdeer in my neighbor’s unpaved gravel driveway. I was reminded of the first time that I noticed a killdeer when I was a child. As I was...

Black-Billed Magpies: Common But Uncommonly Smart

Black-billed Magpies by Susie Wall Broadcast 10.8 and 10.11.2019 Listen:   When I first moved out West, I was impressed by the large black-and-white bird I noticed strutting around my yard and campsites, its long black tail dragging on the ground behind it. The...

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...