The Art of Winter Tracking

by Christine Wren, Teaching Naturalist Recently, I spent a memorable day tracking at MPG Ranch, southeast of Lolo in the Sapphire Mountains. We were a group of seven, five of us the lucky raffle chosen winners, and two knowledgeable folks at MPG who both work as part...

Owly Neighbors

by Thurston Elfstrom Since moving back to Missoula in 2008, my wife and I have enjoyed fairly regular sightings of Great Horned Owls in and around our neighborhood. Up until this point, my experiences with Great Horned Owls tended to be more auditory—infrequently...

Ghosts Of The North Woods: Great Grey Owls

Great Grey Owls by Lily Vonderheide Broadcast on 9.13.2015 Listen:   One evening while walking along the river just outside of town, winding my way through a meadow fringed with ponderosa pine, I met a Great Grey Owl hunting down amongst the bunchgrass and...

Winter Owls

Owls belong to a group of birds known as raptors or “birds of prey.” Raptors are deft predators that possess sharp talons and down-curved bills – adaptations of their carnivorous diets. Hawks, eagles, and falcons are active during the day (diurnal), while owls are...