by Denny Olson In my column last month, I defined our earthly “community” as far larger than just the Flathead Valley community – or any community that includes just one species – us. To be sure, we have spent untold quadrillions of dollars and work hours to shape that larger community to fit our own…Read More
Author: Jake Bramante
Herron Park Spring 2023 Field Trip Report
by Jake Bramante It didn’t look good for birding. The fog was low and the birds, were largely quiet as we stood shivering at the entrance to Herron Park. Undeterred, we began our quest, heading up to The Notch. Before entering the forest, we spied an American Robin, heard a House Finch, and a silent…Read More
Smith Lake Spring 2023 Field Trip Report
Thanks to our 2022-2023 Bird of the Month Authors!
by Darcy Thomas Please give a big shout-out to our fabulous Bird of the Month (BOM) authors who wrote great articles for your reading enjoyment this year. Sneed Collard gave us the Black-backed Woodpecker, Theresa Ciraolo imparted her newfound love of the Common Merganser, Kat Peterson imparted her knowledge of the American Crow, Karen Nichols…Read More
OSNA 2023 Spring Work Days / Buckthorn Removal
by Pam Willison, Grateful Head Wrangler Many hands, many hours, MANY THANKS!! In early April volunteers participated in four work days at the Owen Sowerwine Natural Area, to help cut, treat and stack Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), which is invasive and is very good at outcompeting native vegetation and toxifying the soil. Crews consisted of…Read More
Loons and Lead – you can help!
Here in northwest Montana we are fortunate to have both a population of common loons and good fishing in many lakes that support loons. Unfortunately, the lead sinkers and jigs often used for fishing pose a significant threat to loons. Loons often swallow fishing tackle and lead is toxic to loons. One lead sinker can…Read More