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...

Montana’s the Final Destination for Rough-Legged Hawks Flying South

Rough-legged Hawks by Pat Jamieson Broadcast 12.25.2016 Listen:   As winter comes to the National Wildlife Refuges of the Mission Valley, we begin to see a whole different group of visitors. And I’m not just referring to the human kind. Strange as it may seem,...

Safety in Numbers (and Species): How Forest Birds Survive the Winter

by Cedar Mathers-Winn If you ask any birder or naturalist, they will probably tell you that spring is the season for watching birds. Singing, displaying, fighting and breeding—spring is a time of great activity, and it’s hard not to take notice. By comparison, winter...

Learning to Read: A Migration Story

by Brian Williams One February afternoon in Missoula’s North Hills, I walked into a big flock of robins. They moved through the sere grass in abrupt, unsynchronized movements, like actors in a silent movie—three steps, head cock; three steps, head cock—each in its own...