by Linda deKort
West Valley School sixth grade students spent one day last May plant-ing native shrubs, trees, and flowers around the new addition of their middle school. Before the planting day stu-dents researched habitat requirements for each species. By midsummer hum-mingbirds were visiting he scarlet gilia and the serviceberry shrubs were bear-ing fruit. Thank you to the USFS grant administered through Flathead Audu-bon for this flourishing landscape. We are also grateful to the Center for Na-tive Plants for their expert guidance and generous discount. Thank you to West Valley teachers MaryCaye Dover and Vonnie McDonald for seeing this project through.