Ceanothus: Life from the Kiss of Fire

Ceanothus by Mike Hillis Broadcast 5.28 and 6.2.2017 and 9.1 & 9.4.2020 Listen:   Thirty-plus years ago when I was studying wildlife management at Oregon State University, we learned that Ceanothus was a highly preferred forage plant for deer and elk during...

Golden Islands of the Western Montana Forest

Western Larches by Natasha Bellis Broadcast 10.9 and 10.18.2016 Listen:   Sitting on the shores of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park last fall, gazing up at the surrounding hillside, I was struck by a unique mosaic of golden splendor against the evergreen...

Why Dead Standing Trees are Essential to Forests

Why Dead Standing Trees are Essential to Forests by Emily Miller Broadcast 2.2.2015. Listen:   One of my favorite places to look in the forest is up. I love the way trees frame patches of sky, and how rays of sun slide over the branches and slant into pockets of...

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...

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...