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...

Tenacious Beauty: In Awe of Alpine Wildflowers

Text and photos by Allison De Jong It was a sunny, gorgeous Sunday in late July. My husband, two friends and I had scattered ourselves across the broad alpine meadow of Goat Flat in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, noses to the ground, peering at the myriad tiny...