Huckleberries, Montana’s Little Icons, Retain Their Mysteries

Huckleberries, Montana’s Little Icons, Retain Their Mysteries by Anita Maxwell Broadcast 8.11 & 8.14.2020 Listen:   Braving horseflies the size of quarters and the searing afternoon sun, I ramble on a steep hillside like a bear, gorging for her long...

Ask a Naturalist: Winter Vetch

You asked: “What is this plant I’ve been seeing all over Mount Sentinel and the south side of Missoula?” The answer: This is winter vetch (Vicia villosa), also known as hairy vetch. It is non-native, introduced throughout North America from Europe...

Do Noxious Weeds Owe Their Success To Soil Microbes?

by Leah Grunzke Broadcast 6.2.2015 and 8.13.2019 Listen:   “What exactly is a weed? This can be a tricky question to answer. A plant that is nurtured and cultivated by one gardener may be yanked out unapologetically by the next, in favor of something...

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...

Pairing Wine with Pine Needles

By Christine Morris While hunting last fall, I spent several hours waiting for a deer in the rain…and I began to get bored. So I nibbled the needle of the Douglas-fir tree next to me. The taste was strong but pleasant, citrusy, and emotive. Its flavor was reminiscent...