• By UMBEL September 12, 2023

    When you hear the words “whitebark pine”, what images come to mind? For many, hearing the name of this iconic tree evokes a sense of remote wilderness, the hush of alpine solitude, or the whispering of wind along a rocky treeline.

  • By UMBEL February 9, 2023

    Across North America, birds breed on grasslands grazed by domestic cattle. However, much of this region was once occupied by vast herds of American Bison (Bos bison).

  • By UMBEL February 9, 2023

    Pine Siskins, commonly found in Montana’s open-canopied evergreen and mixed evergreen-deciduous forests, move from place to place in search of abundant conifer seeds. These seeds are produced in cone crops that vary in abundance across time and space; in a single year, a cone crop in one area might be limited—or fail entirely—while in another […]

  • By Olga Helmy and Erick Greene September 21, 2022

    As temperatures cool across Montana and we bid bon voyage to many of our feathered, warm-weather residents—we also say a temporary goodbye to a local icon. Western Montana’s Osprey begin departing for warmer climes in mid-September.

  • By Olga Helmy August 10, 2022

    Chickadees are the epitome of a backyard bird. Of the seven species of chickadee that typically occur in North America, four of them call Montana home.

  • By UMBEL May 18, 2022

    Born epic adventurers, Montana’s Harlequin Ducks migrate latitudinally each year, between breeding sites in turbulent, glacially-fed streams of the Rocky Mountains and a wintering range on the rough, coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean. Amphibious swimming skills make these birds seem as at home below the surface as they do above.

  • By UMBEL February 21, 2022

    People often associate birds with the places they come to rest or feed. But really that’s just a small part of many birds lives, with most of their time spent on the wing.

  • By UMBEL November 3, 2021

    Here’s a seemingly simple question: how many bird species are there?  And further, what do they look like?  How can you tell them apart?  Where are they found?  When you open a bird guide, where does all that information such as sizes, diets, distributions, and plumage across ages and sexes come from? We often take […]