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Yellow Warbler - Photo Credit: Dan Casey

Yellow Warbler

by Linda de Kort Be looking soon for a woodland bird that weighs less than two nickels, is yellow like a canary (or the cartoon character “Tweety Bird”) and sings in a tumbling series of whistles that sounds like “ sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet”. These Yellow Warblers are among the first of the […]

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Northern Waterthrush - Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/80270393@N06" target="_blank">Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren</a>

Northern Waterthrush

What do you mean it’s not a Thrush? by Gail Cleveland Ornithologist E. H. Forbush’s observation about the Northern Waterthrush, made more than half a century ago, still applies: “It is a large wood-warbler disguised as a thrush and exhibiting an extreme fondness for water,” according to the Boreal Songbird Initiative. The Northern Waterthrush is […]

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Olive-sided Flycatcher - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Olive-sided Flycatcher

A Novel Voice of the Boreal Forest by Kathy Ross It was an early spring morning in Glacier Park backcountry. Along with a group of researchers, I stood mesmerized by the drama we were witnessing. In the tall, grassy, wet meadow below us, a gray wolf unrelentingly chased a distraught cow moose. The intense scene […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Black-backed Woodpecker

by Lisa Bate When you look into a recently burned forest, what do you see? Destruction and loss? Or can you sense the pulse of new life created by stand-replacement fires? Every species has unique needs. For many plant species, fire provides a new lease on life by releasing abundant nutrients resulting in vigorous growth. […]

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Little Brown Myotis bat

Little Brown Myotis

Bird Animal of the Month by Lewis Young The Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus), also known as the Little Brown Bat, is the most common bat in Montana and one of the most common in the United States until recent years. It is well named since it is small and normally some shade of brown. […]

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Bufflehead - Photo Credit: Dick Walker


by Cory Davis Who doesn’t love to see that bright white head popping up on a mountain lake on a gray day? “There’s a bufflehead!” Always one of the easiest ducks to identify, even the females are distinctive with a conspicuous, white cheek patch. Appropriately for Montana, their name refers to the large buffalo-like shaped […]

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