Viva Montana

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Birds fledging Montana summerNew York has wonderful birds. I love New York’s birds with a passion, from the parti-colored pigeons to the spring warbler fiesta to Jamaica Bay’s herons and ibises (but not the sandpipers. Never the sandpipers.). Still, there’s something about the moment, at six am, when two Sandhill Cranes stand tall out of the marsh grass and set up a back-and-forth call that echoes off the mountains.

The Cure for Binocular Neck: Birding in Montana

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In the valley of the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, snuggled up against Rocky Mountain ranges, sits the little western town of Big Timber, Montana. The highest mountain in Montana, Granite Peak at 12,799 feet, is just south in the Absaroka Mountain Range. All of the neck-strain-free birds below breed in Montana. The mosquitoes and black flies are hungry in Montana. Destinations grouse Montana Rocky MountainsCuster Gallatin National Forest.


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The Hummingbirds of Western Montana

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The Montana Field Guide, a helpful online compendium provided by the state government, lists seven species. Are invisible. I mean, I know they’re out there. Three of those — the Black-chinned , Calliope , and Rufous Hummingbirds — breed in the Missoula area. That is, in extremely precise mathematical terms, three times more species of hummingbirds than breed near the Olde Homestead.

Montana is Owl Country

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This year, that award was presented to Denver Holt , a Montana scientist and bird guide and thus, if I may be presumptuious, my homeboy. The ORI maintains a research station in the Mission Valley of Western Montana, neighboring the Ninepipes National Wildlife Refuge. Montana has records of fifteen species of owls, including Barn Owl , Burrowing Owl , Eastern and Western Screech Owl , and such heart-pounders as Great Gray Owl and Northern Hawk Owl.

A Huckleberry Tale of Adventure in Montana

Wend Magazine

Montana, particularly Northwestern Montana, is well known for its abundance of a delicious deep purple delight, the huckleberry. This is a story about huckleberries; it is merely disguised as a Montana adventure. Glacier Park Lodge, as seen from the Amtrak station--a rare break in the clouds lights up the mountains. It all began on a Tuesday morning with a homemade huckleberry latte and a trip to the Boise, Idaho airport.

Noxious: Montana’s Battle With Spotted Knapweed, and What Birders Can Do

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The state of Montana is very firm on the subject of spotted knapweed, and the closely related diffuse knapweed and Russian knapweed. Spotted knapweed arrived in Montana in the 1920s, most likely in a batch of alfalfa seed or perhaps on the creep down from western Canada, where it may have come ashore in the ballast of ships. Why is the state of Montana so down on knapweed, which to the eyes of the casual observer is a rather pretty purple flower that livens up roadsides and ditches?

The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana The Amazing Exploding Dove Meets Montana By Carrie • March 11, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Like most Northern Hemisphere birders, I’ve been monitoring the signs of spring like a dog watching the driveway for a beloved owner. Whatever they used to be, they are now a bird of Montana.

Montana Coal to China and India via Northwest Routes

Wend Magazine

Click here to view the embedded video. This compelling video tells a succinct version of the dirty coal story. For more info visit Related posts: Coal “Mine” Thick Green Algea Covers China’s Eastern Coastline. The Environmental Cost of Your Internet Time

Nature Photo of the Week: Montana Storm

Conservancy Talk

Nature Photo of the Week Photography The Nature Conservancy Uncategorized lighting montana Photo of the Week storm Being able to capture the speed and electricity of a lightning bolt never gets old, in terms of photographic imagery. This shocking image by Flickr photographer jean slavin photography is stunning. It’s as though the clouds gathered in that spot just to produce this beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group , Jean!

Iggy Azalea & French Montana exploit more than just this elephant


Perez Hilton shared the s**t storm that followed some IG videos that hip hop recording artist French Montana shared of his 32nd birthday gift – an elephant doing party tricks on his front lawn. Iggy Azalea, Montana’s rapping and romantic partner, also took a turn posing with the “present.” But since Montana and Azalea aren’t on team vegan, and likely most of these commenters aren’t either, all animal exploitation is the elephant in the room (get it).

Exploration: Montana’s Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Buddha community Dharma garden lotus mandala Montana Rinpoche symbolism Tibetan Buddhism travel

What Montana’s Tongue River Railroad Means for Coal Export

Sightline Daily

A new railroad proposed in Montana offers a sneak preview of what’s to come for the Northwest coal export debate. The little-known Tongue River Railroad project would, if approved, build a new line through eastern Montana’s rangeland to allow development of a new export mine for Arch Coal. Snaking Coal by Aaron Hockley used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The news is troubling.

Brad Pitt’s Org to Help Build Green Homes on Montana Reservation


Brad Pitt is helping the Sioux and Assiniboine American Indian tribes of Fort Peck, Montana by building sustainable green homes for underprivileged families within their reservation. The project is part Read More The post Brad Pitt’s Org to Help Build Green Homes on Montana Reservation appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Montana and Minnesota: Coal vs. Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

This week's coal vs. clean energy examples come from Montana and Minnesota. Having once lived in Montana myself, I can't imagine wanting to ruin such a beautiful big sky with coal pollution -- but that's just what the Colstrip coal plant is doing. and this week we joined the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) in legally challenging the owners to clean up the plant. The reality, though, is that Montana can do better than this coal plant.

Montana Food Bank Saves Thousands in 2011 by Composting Food Waste

Green (Living) Review

Montana Food Bank saves money by turning food waste into compost for local gardens. Gardens From Garbage is a Montana-based non-profit whose mission is to educate and guide organizations, neighborhoods and communities in developing a sustainable local food source through composting, gardening and year-round greenhouses. Garden From Garbage is a program run by Sunburst Unlimited, a Montana-based reseller of Effective Microorganisms® products for TeraGanix, Inc.

Freedom is a Yurt in the Wild Woods of Montana.

Elephant Journal

Those old familiars—discomfort, mistrust, uncertainty, depression, loneliness—I've burned them all. Green Health & Wellness Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) depression discomfort Earth loneliness mistrust sanctuary uncertainty

Dennis Quaid’s Breathtaking Montana Ranch Hits The Market


For 25 years, Dennis Quaid has called home a sprawling, wild homestead in Montana on 418 acres. Unfortunately, he’s found a new love called surfing, and with Big Sky Country offering few opportunities to indulge (What the hell Montana?!), he’s decided to throw his ranch up on the market and move to Hawaii. Rough life. [.]. Home Lifestyle

Montana: Dogs, Skiing, Yoga, Beer, Hot Springs, & Love.

Elephant Journal

Sleeping in the sun on blankets. Planting seeds and watching them grow. Finding hot springs. Playing with the dog. Running like the wind. Feeling the rain. Riding a horse. That''s what it''s all about this time of year. Adventure Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Yoga

Glacier National Park in Montana- Q& A


UCGS answers climate change questions from Glacier National Park in Montana

The Berkeley Pit – An Overview

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Last week many birders were shocked and saddened by the deaths of thousands of Snow Geese who, trapped by adverse weather conditions, landed at the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana. As an Explainer of Montana, I am here to help. The notorious Copper Kings were headquartered there – a collection of robber barons whose battles to control and profit from Montana’s minerals left marks not only on the stones of the state, but on its psyche.

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Year of the Shrike

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For some reason, this is the year that the masked butcherbirds have been around in my corners of Montana, with as many sightings for me in 2014 as in the rest of my life (including the other three years I lived in Montana) combined. Birding Montana New York Northern Shrike Yesterday I saw a Dark-eyed Junco while I was walking my dog. It was the Slate-colored form, of course.

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Night Moves

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Or at least the four dogs in the house I’m staying at in Montana showed no particular reaction to the 5.8 Birds earthquakes Montana OspreySo it turns out dogs are useless. earthquake and series of aftershocks that made the state wobbly in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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The Story of Russell A. Crow

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This story comes from Emily Johnson, who is a sub-permittee for a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in Helena, Montana. Grace’s high school is in Bozeman, Montana, next to a McDonald’s. He was placed in a wildlife center in Red Lodge, Montana, where he can live out his life, safe and protected, throwing the occasional apple, with other grounded crows for company. Birds bird rehabilitation bird rescue crows Montana

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Birding By the Way

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Because they are near the still, stocked waters of McCormick Park Fishing Pond, this pair of Osprey often do well in years when high, turbid waters result in nest failures for other Montana Osprey – and this year has been such a year. Birding Montana Osprey punsIt’s one thing to go birding.

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An Osprey is an Osprey is an Osprey

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Birds Montana names Ospreys web cams Today we named the three Osprey chicks that hatched out at Dunrovin ranch. It was a complex process, involving a selfie contest, voting by the site members, and fabulous prizes. I have to confess that I got a bit caught up in the whole contest. As a Dunrovin employee I didn’t submit a name or vote, but I was passionately in favor of some names, and passionately against others.

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TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

Green Traveler Guides

Boston/Cambridge California Fayetteville Florida Lake Tahoe Las Vegas Lecanto Massachusetts Miami Miles City Montana Napa Nevada Newberg North America North Carolina Oregon Park City Placer The Americas United States Utah 10 best green hotels U.S. The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviews TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

The sustainable 'River Bank House' nestles amidst the pristine Mountains of Montana


Pratima Kalra: Set against a backdrop of beautiful mountains, the River Bank house rests calmly along the Gallatin River outside Big Sky in Montana. The design of house establishes a well balanced connection between form and functionality. The inhabitants of the house are social people, who love entertaining guests and therefore, Balance Associates Architects, designed the house to serve them well, creating as much privacy as possible.

Redpolls Run Rampant

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It’s been beautiful here in Montana lately. Birding Interior West Montana winter finchesBy beautiful, I mean too cold, too gray, and as always too dry, but full of birds. The list serv is burning up with news of a vagrant (we hope, and dutifully analyzed for traces of cage wear) Harris Hawk , movements of White-winged Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks , Northern Pygmy Owls popping out of the shrubbery, and other winter goodies.

2012 117

I am Grateful for the Hard Things.

Elephant Journal

Health & Wellness Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) breakdown breakup depression hard stuff Montana relationship sadness suicideMy mom had called my boyfriend earlier that day and said she had some bad news. She asked him to be with me when she calls me later that day. When she called.

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Ain’t no Winter in Oatman. {Poem}

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Adventure Arts & Culture Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) desert ghost town Montana Oatman photography poem Her moral obligation to keep our hearts entwined.

2014 52

Like Summer. {Poem}

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Literary Journal hiking love Montana poem summer Summer hours elapse into delightful rows of colorful spruce.

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Montanans announce recall campaigns against NDAA Supporting Senators Max Baucus and Jonathan Tester

Green (Living) Review

Montana is one of nine states with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation, pursuant to Montana Code 2-16-603, on the grounds of physical or mental lack of fitness, incompetence, violation of oath of office, official misconduct, or conviction of certain felony offenses. Montana law requires stated grounds for recall which show conformity to the allowed grounds for recall.

2012 109

I Meditate While Mountain Running. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Elephant Journal

Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Z ADMIN Spirituality Featured Today benefits of meditation Buddha Cleansing god health Idaho meditation mindful Mindful living Montana mountains physical fitness positive thinking running Western I call it “active meditation.” ” Running to induce pure thought that moves seamlessly with every step.

2013 80

Confessions of a Wannabe Celiac.

Elephant Journal

Ginger snaps make me horny. Biscotti makes me foam at the mouth.

2014 80

Nature Photo of the Week: Stop and Smell the Wildflowers

Conservancy Talk

Flickr photographer Taylor McDowell snapped this photo at Shook Mountain, Montana — thanks for sharing your image through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group ! Nature Photo of the Week Photography Flickr flower montana mountains Nature Conservancy Flickr nature image nature photography nature picture Photo of the Week shook mountain wildflowers What a picture-perfect view.

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Apsáalooke Hip Hop Artist Takes the Gun & Makes Rad Music.

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Inspiring (Wow) art crime culture drugs expression hip hop Montana mtv music Native American new music poverty rap He bridges the gap between ghetto life and reservation life by explaining the similitude with his work, which draws upon his indigenous beliefs and hip hop influences.

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The Heartbreaking Case of a Stolen Banjo in Missoula, MT. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Elephant Journal

Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) acts of kindness banjo Buddha compassion compassion towards others craigslist do not steal ethics Gibson happiness homeless homeless man income karma kindness kindness to strangers live music love love one another loving-kindness mean Missoula money money can''t buy happiness Montana music pickin sad street talent Teachings treat others

2014 70

Top 10 Winter Habits of Seasonal Shacker-Uppers. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Elephant Journal

So if you''ve been hesitant to move in, here are some reasons you should do it! There are lots of reasons to keep your own apartment, but if you''re ready, living together can be the best things in the world. Just don''t become a shacker-upper.

2014 67

The Fire Inside You. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Elephant Journal

Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Free Content to Partners Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) Yoga Z ADMIN Spirituality Featured Today Z ADMIN Yoga Featured Today asana Buddha Fire love Montana outdoors padmasana plants And maintaining all these channels, this posture, this all takes ENERGY. And energy keeps you warm. Yesterday I didn''t have a mat to root myself on. I had dirt, pine needles, boulders, water, trees, roots. Sunshine. And I was warm.

2013 72

A Week on the Matador Ranch

Conservancy Talk

I have had the pleasure for most of my life to live in Montana , a beautiful, wild and sometimes harsh place. The Matador is located on Montana’s Northern Prairie and is nestled at the foot of the Little Rockies Mountains. Favorite Nature montana ranching Photo: © Jolynn Messerly. B y Jolynn Messerly, Matador Ranch Operations Administrator. Not just in any old city or town though: I’m living smack dab in the middle of my own postcard.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 3

Conservancy Talk

Bison aren’t home on the range yet: efforts to restore their populations meet resistance in Montana. ( What goes great with that morning caffeine buzz? The Green Buzz. “Unprecedented” dolphin deaths in the Gulf linked to BP oil spill? Huffington Post ). Giant ocean garbage patches , meet your match. And a teen invented it, to boot!) ( Treehugger ). The Exxon crude oil spill in Arkansas is a big mess — and is reinvigorating the Keystone Pipeline debate.

Saving the Sage Grouse in Alberta

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The Sage Grouse is getting a boost in Alberta with the work of The Sage Grouse Recovery Group , which is seeking to augment the dwindling population in Alberta with birds from Montana. Asides

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LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Conservancy Talk

He has recommended protection of the hallowed ground of civil war battlefields, the creation of hiking trails in dozens of states , the conservation of working ranches in Montana and Kansas , of working forests in Mississippi and Maine , and the expansion of National Parks in California and South Carolina.