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...

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,...

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...

The Teamwork of Late Winter: Bird Flocks

Birds of a Feather… by Mark Hanson Broadcast 4.7 & 4.10.2020 Listen:   Late winter is a time of year when we’re more likely to see birds of the same species in flocks, rather than alone or in pairs. This was most dramatically illustrated for me in...