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...

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...

Wildflower Wednesday: Blanketflower

What is it about showy yellow flowers? Is it their brightness? Their cheer? The fact that they look like golden bits of sunshine dropped in a meadow or on a hillside? This #WildflowerWednesday we are loving on blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata), another stunner in...

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...