The Teamwork of Late Winter: Bird Flocks

Birds of a Feather… by Mark Hanson Broadcast 4.7 & 4.10.2020 Listen:   Late winter is a time of year when we’re more likely to see birds of the same species in flocks, rather than alone or in pairs. This was most dramatically illustrated for me in...

The Bird Count Of Christmas And ‘One Magpie Dancing’

The Bird Count Of Christmas And ‘One Magpie Dancing’ By Brian Williams Broadcast 12.24 & 12.27.2019 Listen:   Once the last trickle of migrating birds passed through Montana in early October, my binoculars sat idle for a few weeks, until...

Order in the Roost

Order in the Roost by Jim Giese Broadcast 10.29 and 11.1.2019 Listen:   Each day the turkeys march twice across my front lawn, once each morning and again in the evening. When I first arrived last fall to my rental property in the Bitterroot Valley it was...

Black-Billed Magpies: Common But Uncommonly Smart

Black-billed Magpies by Susie Wall Broadcast 10.8 and 10.11.2019 Listen:   When I first moved out West, I was impressed by the large black-and-white bird I noticed strutting around my yard and campsites, its long black tail dragging on the ground behind it. The...

Mountain Ash: Feeding Birds & Brightening Winter

Mountain Ash in Winter by Kate Leary Broadcast 11.8 & 11.13.2015 Listen:   Walking through many neighborhoods in Montana towns through the fall and winter, you’ll find yourself brushing past clusters of showy orange-red berries, hanging down from the limbs of...