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...

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...

American Pikas: Little Chief Hares of the West

by Allison De Jong The first time I heard a pika, I was hiking along a talus slope on the Bass Creek trail in the Bitterroot Mountains. I would have imagined the short, shrill sound to be some kind of bird call were it not for my husband’s excited whisper—“Listen....