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...

Quaking Aspen, Disturbance, And The Return Of Yellowstone’s Wolves

by Mike Lommler Broadcast 8.11 and 8.16.2019 Listen:   A few young aspen trees line the sidewalk in front of my apartment building. I’m a little surprised that they are here; quaking aspen isn’t typically used in landscaping. It’s an unruly plant, sending shoots...

Camas Bulbs Below the Snow

Camas Bulbs by Nancy Heil Broadcast 2.24 & 3.1.2019   Listen:   On a recent early winter morning I am cross-country skiing along the trails at Lolo Pass in the Bitterroot Mountains. As I glide along Packer Meadows in the breaking dawn, I think about...

Whitebark Pine: The Crown Of The Continent’s Vanishing Giants

Whitebark Pines by Nick Voss Broadcast 5.15 and 5.20.2016 Listen:   I first visited Glacier National Park in June. Though winter had only recently loosened its grip on the Crown of the Continent, there were blue skies and sunshine as I hiked up a high-elevation...